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A first kiss
A dog trainer



If your story is listed below in the top 4, congratulations on advancing to the 3rd and final round kicking off at 11:59PM EDT this Friday, April 29th!  Regardless of how you placed, everyone should be proud of making it to the 2nd Round from an original field of over 2,000 writers and rising to each challenge along the way.  Best of luck to the finalists this weekend and thank you again to everyone for participating! 


#1 'Missed Connections' by Annmarie Lockhart SYNOPSIS - To promote his new school, Must Love Dogs, dog trainer Nick Simon held a free seminar at a local park. A bite, a kiss, and a quest for true love later, Nick discovers business and pleasure don’t always mix.

#2 'Vermont Cheddar' by Brian Dunn SYNOPSIS - Dex and his dog Roosevelt are going to beg, borrow, and steal their way out of this town. And if Dex has to watch one more hour of old daytime TV, he might just take the coward’s way out.

#3 'Ego in Residence' by Matt Flickinger SYNOPSIS - Austin playwright Jared Nichols, recently displaced from his marriage, seeks solace with an old friend in Seguin, Texas. Can a bit part in a small town production of one of his own works show him the error of his ways?

#4 'Gregor the Great' by Alissa Anderson SYNOPSIS - A cynical trainer of purse and lap dogs falls for a Great Dane — and his owner.

#Honorable Mention 'Good Boy' by Bryan Aukerman SYNOPSIS - Parenting is the crucible of the child and the parents. It’s no wonder a girl’s dad might be pushed to the brink of insanity, even resorting to behavioral psychology to protect his little girl.

#Honorable Mention 'Love in the Time of Robotics' by Tiffany Hastie SYNOPSIS - Darrel is convinced that tonight will be the night that Dr Vanessa Guthrie finally admits her feelings for him; the office party is the perfect setting after all. But Darrel doesn’t realize that Vanessa is hiding something in her closet, something that will change everything.

#Honorable Mention 'Smoochies for Jared' by William Fullwood SYNOPSIS - A woman finds herself on the date from hell after the man she meets from a dating website discloses that he has never been kissed.

#Honorable Mention 'The Judas Goat' by R.C. Meehan SYNOPSIS - The laws of space and time have been tampered with, possibly by a South Korean hacker. Now Carl, an under-employed twenty-something with an off-putting personality, is caught in a Vine in which he must repeatedly proposition an East Village siren for dog-training services, until he can get his pitch right—and possibly recover his soul.



2nd Round Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
6 Anderson Alissa New York NY US
6 Aukerman Bryan Sioux Falls SD US
6 Burnet Cameron Footscray VIC AU
6 DeLizza Tim Washington DC US
6 Dunn Brian Chanhassen MN US
6 Flickinger Matt Austin TX US
6 Freeman Laura Navan Meath IE
6 Fuller Evans Janaya Burnaby BC CA
6 Fullwood William New York NY US
6 Gural Altaire Lindsay ON CA
6 Hall Lisa burns OR US
6 Hastie Tiffany Busselton WA AU
6 Hutchinson Sara Upper Kandanga QLD AU
6 Ingram Stephanie Pittsburgh PA US
6 Kenyon William Chamblee GA US
6 Lockhart Annmarie Englewood NJ US
6 Marmo Chris Carlton VIC AU
6 Meehan R.C. Shoreline WA US
6 Norris Alisa Bloomfield Hills MI US
6 Ramesch Jessica Panama PANAMA PA
6 Recht Kendra Quincy MA US
6 Roycroft Deirdre Sandycove Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown IE
6 Shah Sarah Greenwich London GB
6 Soulsby David Ashford Surrey GB
6 Stephens Michelle Fitzroy North VIC AU
6 terSteeg Devin Fargo ND US
6 Tobar Karl San Diego CA US
6 Unseth Elizabeth Rochester MN US
6 Williams Benton Champaign IL US
6 Yates Pauline Ocean View QLD AU





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