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Ghost Story
A lifeboat
A bride



If your story placed in the top 5 below, congratulations on advancing to the 2nd Round kicking off at 11:59PM EST on Thursday, March 12th!  Regardless if your story placed or not, everyone should be proud of rising to the challenge and submitting a story.  This was our largest field ever and there were many great stories that didn't get recognition, so there is no shame in not seeing your name below.  We hope it was an inspiring challenge and everyone continues to keep challenging themselves as writers!


#1 'Dead in the Water' by Kerry Vail SYNOPSIS - A fisherman stays out on the sea after sunset and lends a hand to a woman in need.

#2 'Of Shikotsu Ice' by Kat Kennewell SYNOPSIS - This year’s Ice Festival promises to be the most spectacular display of sculptures ever, except, of course, for Yamamoto’s boring old lifeboat. What possible reason could he have to ruin the only exciting thing that ever happens in this town by making the same dumb carving year after year anyway?

#3 'SINGLE' by Leslie Rapparlie SYNOPSIS - Sandra is at a tough spot in life being 33, single and, as a result, feeling like an outsider. After a creepy encounter with a bride, she just might have to make some changes in her life.

#4 'The Bride's Bones' by Teresa Belardes SYNOPSIS - A mother bargains away her dead daughter’s remains as a ghost bride to secure herself in her old age and satisfy ancient Chinese traditions, but for the two families involved, there are unexpected consequences.

#5 'The Wooden Boat' by Jan Kingan SYNOPSIS - A young man tries to rescue an old boat while battling physical pain and emotional uncertainty. The more he is drawn to the boat, the more confused he becomes about what is real.

#Honorable Mention 'A Peculiar Unrest' by Lucy Dabrowski SYNOPSIS - Left to his own devices after his father’s unexpected and tragic death, an adolescent boy visits his old place of sanctuary. But he’s not alone; someone else is in his secret paradise, someone not particularly living.

#Honorable Mention 'A Promise' by Megan Furniss SYNOPSIS - Every Christmas eve a boy must try and help his grandmother fulfil a promise. This year it finally happens.

#Honorable Mention 'Deathboat' by Joseph Kowalski SYNOPSIS - Steve is stranded on a haunted lifeboat with his new bride Mary the day after their wedding.


Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
16 Acosta Hermilo La Puente CA US
16 Baldwin Ronda Jackson TN US
16 Belardes Teresa West Hills CA US
16 Brooke Steve Tuam Co. Galway IE
16 Chambers Carrie Atlanta GA US
16 Comerchero Jill Keene NH US
16 Cook Karen S. Paradise Valley AZ US
16 Cook Susannah Northampton PA US
16 Dabrowski Lucy Kitchener ON CA
16 Finlayson-Palmer Emma Wolverhampton West Midlands GB
16 Furniss Megan Cape Town ZA
16 Ingwersen Scott Glen Allen VA US
16 Kennewell Kat Glenelg East SA AU
16 Kingan Jan Phoenix AZ US
16 Kowalski Joseph Sacramento CA US
16 Maher Emmy Baldoyle Dublin IE
16 McCormack Lisa Mount Juliet TN US
16 Meyer Emily Reston VA US
16 Moe Joe Los Angeles CA US
16 Mullally Brian Cobourg ON CA
16 Olivera Erica Indio CA US
16 Paris Sarah Colorado Springs CO US
16 Peterson Tyler Sandy UT US
16 Pierce Sydney Swampscott MA US
16 Rapparlie Leslie Denver CO US
16 Vail Kerry Raleigh NC US
16 Venuti Lynette R Pasadena TX US
16 Westwood Deanna Bourne Lincolnshire GB
16 Whitaker Hope South side AL US
16 young courtney Richfield MN US







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