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Prescription drug addiction
A paleontologist



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 Work' by Jenna Devine SYNOPSIS - Kate used to be a premier paleontologist, but after a career-making discovery of a network of caves in northern England, a personal tragedy left her crushed by grief, addicted to painkillers, and shut off from the world she used to know. When her former mentor calls her out of the blue and invites her to the public opening of the cave she discovered, she finally gets a chance to face the darkness beneath the earth.

#2 'The Dome' by Cameron Taylor SYNOPSIS - A team of explorers makes an unprecedented discovery.

#3 'Altered Loneliness' by Brett Wolff SYNOPSIS - Dr. Gleeson's expedition uncovers fossils and a solution to the loneliness of aging.

#4 'To Dust You Will Return' by Samuel Henry Becker SYNOPSIS - As Joseph continues his quixotic search for the bones of a giant cave bear, he grapples with the dreams, relationships, and addictions that have haunted him for over a decade. His individualistic search for the bear overwhelms and destroys his life until nothing is left but him and the bear.

#5 'Unnatural History' by Ericka Kendall SYNOPSIS - A graduate student in paleontology is an eager participant in a momentous discovery, but is unprepared for the skeletons he unearths.

#Honorable Mention 'Evening at Dune Shore' by Telaina Eriksen SYNOPSIS - A 48-year-old psychologist (Monica) goes to visit her 86-year-old paleontologist mother (Elsabe) at Dune Shore Health nursing home. What starts out as a normal visit becomes a bit more sinister as Monica counts the number of residents in the dining room who are missing limbs.

#Honorable Mention 'Outgas' by David Koffer SYNOPSIS - Synopsis: A group of paleontologists make a surprising and revolutionary find; but excitement turns to horror as they die one by one. Marcus Trayvin struggles with the traumatic deaths of his partners, turning to pills as madness threatens to consume him.

#Honorable Mention 'The Talisman Head' by Frank Dominguez SYNOPSIS - A paleontologist experiences something odd while presenting his discovery.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
9 Asencio Jennifer Cooper city FL US
9 Becker Samuel Henry Denver CO US
9 Breitenbach Jeremy Richmond VA US
9 Cacano Michele Seattle WA US
9 Cohen Adam Chicago IL US
9 Devine Jenna Dallas TX US
9 Dishman Chelsea Scottsdale AZ US
9 Dominguez frank newton NJ US
9 Eriksen Telaina East Lansing MI US
9 Fehlman Alison Lincoln CA US
9 Gale Suzanne Orem UT US
9 Glass Samuel Las Vegas NV US
9 Hewlett Jessica Kamloops BC CA
9 Hudson Alan Waipahu HI US
9 Jennings Ileana Happy TX US
9 keeton sue los angeles CA US
9 Kelly Patrick Glenside PA US
9 Kendall Ericka Seattle WA US
9 Koffer David Twin Falls ID US
9 Luttrell Laura Cape Girardeau MO US
9 Mapa Monica San Francisco CA US
9 Morgan Debbie Crawley West Sussex GB
9 Nixon Leslie central islip NY US
9 Peatfield Hillary South Berwick ME US
9 Scott Kellie Traralgon VIC AU
9 Scott Sam Keck Lagunitas CA US
9 Semmler Lisa Griffith NSW AU
9 Simmons Ronda Fort Collins CO US
9 Stover Vicky Fairmont WV US
9 Taylor Cameron Portland OR US
9 Varela John Brooklyn NY US
9 Walsh Evelyn Swords Dublin IE
9 Wolff Brett Sierra Madre CA US
9 Zehler Jennifer Houston TX US
9 Zrust Sara McGregor MN US







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