Summer Prompt Contest Top 10

CONGRATULATIONS TOP TEN FINALISTS!

WELCOME TO THE SPECIAL SUMMER PROMPT CONTEST EDITION
DEVOTED TO OUR TOP TEN FINALISTS.

THE READERS HAVE VOTED AND HAVE CHOSEN THE WINNERS
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

1ST PLACE WINNER

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

PROMPT 14: Write about family secrets that have to be kept at all costs.
PROMPT 12: Write a story about a family betrayal.

While cleaning the closet, Lukas finds a journal with which he travels to his grandfather’s past. What he discovers next is a dark secret.

BY ADRIAN DAVID AND FAITH CURRY


2ND PLACE WINNER

THE SMILING STICKER

PROMPT 22: Write a story about unusual self-help methods.
PROMPT 8: Write a story about overcoming fears.

Minnie lives with a unique superpower that cripples her day-to-day life. As she struggles through, she pushes herself to find a way out from the cages holding her life back.

BY MYLES GANN


3RD PLACE WINNER

THE DEAD GIRL

PROMPT 33: Write from the perspective of someone who doesn’t know they’re dead.

Mark and Lizzy have struggled with addiction for years. Their love is only a band-air over a serious wound. A wound that left untreated will certainly kill. Mark wakes to find Lizzy’s lifeless body in their bed. She continues to walk the floors of their apartment as if she has a message to give him, but cannot. Mark must figure out that message and what he is to do about her body before it is too late. Unfortunately for Mark, it already is.

BY DAEMON MANX


HONORABLE MENTION

HEINRICH AND THE WITCH

PROMPT 35: You find a house in the middle of the woods and it opens its doors only for you.
PROMPT 27: Write a story infused with dark humor

Heinrich, a twelve-year-old man of science, ventures out into the dark side of the forest to prove that there are no such things as witches. He is not entirely successful.

WARNING: This may sound like a children’s story. It is NOT.

BY MISTAH PETE


VINDICTA

PROMPT 23: Write a story where the protagonist turns into the antagonist by the end.

Annabella always yearned to be free from her island prison, but as a Fledgling Allslimine, she had to wait until her wings came. Yet when her wings sprout, she discovers the outside world is not the heaven she imagined, and her species not the angels they appeared.

BY JOCELYN SAUNDERS


THE DEVIL AND MYRON ROBINOWITZ

PROMPT 37: Write a story infused with dark humor.

Myron Rabinowitz finds himself in Hell face to face with the Devil himself. Myron has no idea what he has done to deserve this fate.

BY KEN GOLDMAN


PERSON, PALIMPSEST

PROMPT 55: Write a love story that starts with unrequited love.
PROMPT 24: Write a story about something mundane but make it sound exciting.

El’s attempt at her prototypical morning gets interrupted by an ache in her side. The desire to slip backwards into an older version of herself increasingly invades her consciousness before she finally relents, and makes one important phone call.

BY HAIA MELON


SPENDO RECEDING

PROMPT 22: Write a story about unusual self-help methods.
PROMPT 24: Write a story about something mundane and make it sound exciting.

An old man goes for a walk one day on the Sellen Trail in Kalupto Nature Reserve. He walks alone, pondering his way of life. As he continues his short journey, he is interrupted by beautiful flowers on the side of the path.

BY SKYE ROZARIO


JOHAN AND REX

PROMPT 16: Dragons have taken back the world and humans are in danger of extinction.

Johan leads the warrior team in a world where dragons dine on humans. Tired of being hunted and out for revenge, Johan and I march with our team of fighters to a quarterly banquet hosted by the draconic king, Rex. It seemed invulnerable to any of our attacks. Yet, Johan fights on with unwavering resolve and a smile on his face. During the last fight, Johan stuffed me a signal bomb… What did he have planned?

BY BILL YUAN


JESSIE’S EYES

PROMPT 9: Write a story from the perspective of an animal.

Sometimes ten minutes define a lifetime. When the falcon is called to the fist by the only master she has ever known…will she come?

BY WILL NUESSLE


WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AUGUST 25TH

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