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Losing a job
A recluse



If your story is listed below in the top 5, congratulations on advancing to the 2nd Round kicking off at 11:59PM EDT this Thursday, March 17th!  Regardless if your story placed or not, everyone should be proud for rising to the challenge and creating an original story from scratch in just 8 days.  This was our largest field ever and there were many great stories that aren't recognized below.  Thank you to everyone for participating, we hope it was an inspiring experience!

#1 'The White Knight' by Candace Leigh Coulombe SYNOPSIS - A milkmanís interest in a reclusive beauty puts more than his job in jeopardy.

#2 'The Keeper's Apprenctice' by Justin Carroll SYNOPSIS - The ancient Keeper of Dreams finds himself unexpectedly with an apprentice, a young man with a secret. Can the Keeperís apprentice keep his promises, or will he break the rules to find his missing love?

#3 'Rodent American' by Carlos "Sebastian" Lopez SYNOPSIS - An out of luck hermit comes face to face with an eloquent rat, who claims to have all the answers The only question is...does he take the bait?

#4 'The Homunculus' by L. Rose Reed SYNOPSIS - Created by a misanthropic alchemist to replace his previous apprentice, the obedient homunculus lies, steals, and breaks hearts. Nevertheless, she finds beauty in stars, comfort in a trollís songs, joy in a babyís innocence, and eventually, the courage to make her own choices.

#5 'The Bay' by Lindsay Dick SYNOPSIS - Agnette is a lookout on a trade ship based out of the prosperous and depraved port city of Lovingos. Dissatisfied with the reality of his occupation, he is intrigued by a recluse who lives on a small island in the bay, and decides to investigate.

#Honorable Mention 'Amazing Maeve' by Martyn Shenton SYNOPSIS - In the Before Time Maeve would adventure with her mother all the time, until her mother got sick and didnít want to adventure any more. In the Now Time, the strange and wonderful Mila looks after Maeve and her mother, but that canít last forever.

#Honorable Mention 'Aurora' by Danna Nazzarett SYNOPSIS - Story of a man and a woman. Both are living out their lives in one body.

#Honorable Mention 'Delivery' by Clare Bold SYNOPSIS - After years of experience, Briana is dismissed from the job to which she had dedicated her life. She resorts to accepting a dangerous task in order to try and impress her former masters at the Courier Guild.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
8 Bold Clare Bicester Oxfordshire GB
8 Boles Mandy Biloxi MS US
8 Brown Ceri Weston Super Mare Somerset GB
8 Calihman Tara Boulder CO US
8 Carroll Justin London London GB
8 Coulombe Candace Leigh Sacramento CA US
8 Cronin Aisling Maria Dublin 5 Dublin IE
8 Cybulski David San Francisco CA US
8 Dick Lindsay Bozeman MT US
8 Eagleson Stephanie Elizabethtown PA US
8 Gard Kendra Richmond IN US
8 Jensen Rhonda Winnemucca NV US
8 Jonas-Hill Sophie Herne Bay Kent GB
8 Kurhi Eric Alameda CA US
8 Lopez Carlos Aubrey TX US
8 Martin Patrick Arlington VA US
8 Mckenzie Aisha Kanagawa ken   JP
8 moore karla asheboro NC US
8 Murray Joyce Livermore CA US
8 Nazzarett Danna Lancaster NY US
8 Noonan Timothy Studio City CA US
8 Olson Nicholas Seattle WA US
8 Pascual Sonia Taguig MM PH
8 Ramos Nina Rio de Janeiro RJ BR
8 Reed L. Rose Highlands Ranch CO US
8 Shenton Martyn Sheffield South Yorkshire GB
8 Smith Russell Henrico VA US
8 Stephens Mischa San Francisco CA US
8 Strong Angel St. John's NL CA
8 Stuart Katherine Kansas City MO US
8 Taylor Benjamin Frenchburg KY US
8 Viers Christina Mandeville LA US
8 Warsame Iman St. Louis Park MN US
8 Williams Allyson Dallas TX US
8 Zimmerman Ty Fond du Lac WI US







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