2nd Round Results 
The results are in for the 2nd Round of the 250-word Microfiction Challenge!  The top stories are listed below for each group (in ascending order).  You can find your group number by going to the 2nd Round assignment page here.

 

If your story placed in the top 5 of your group, congratulations on advancing to the Final Round kicking off at 11:59PM EST this Friday, January 10th (click to add to calendar).  Regardless if you placed or not, everyone should be proud of making it to the second round and creating another original 250-word story in just 24 hours.  Thank you for participating and we hope you enjoyed the challenge! 

   


Top Stories

HM = Honorable Mention

   

      GROUP (Genre / Action / Word) TOP STORIES      
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #1 - ''An Additional Gift'' by Brittany Hunt-Jassey
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #2 - ''Icy Deliverance'' by Ali Conn
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #3 - ''The Scream'' by Eric Egelund
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #4 - ''Quiet'' by Giuliana Robertson
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #5 - ''Hush'' by Janet Wells
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #HM - ''Passage'' by Avital Isaacs
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #HM - ''A Wisconsin Howling'' by Avery Fox
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #HM - ''Half-life'' by Alicia Falcon
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #HM - ''Like Snow at Night'' by Tammi Croteau Keen
1 - Historical Fiction / Slipping on ice / argue #HM - ''Do You Call Me Mad?'' by Audra Brackbill
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #1 - ''Blacksburg, Virginia 1821'' by Elsa Downing
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #2 - ''Ocean of Glass'' by Laurie Wipperfurth
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #3 - ''The Real Dill'' by Carrie Houghton
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #4 - ''The Garden'' by Benny Borrelli
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #5 - ''Soul Shine'' by Meg Pacelli
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #HM - ''Via Post'' by Mari Harloe
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #HM - ''A Good Day'' by Katie Whitehead
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #HM - ''Calving Season'' by Sarah Beaudette
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #HM - ''Something New'' by Ani M
2 - Romance / Recycling / exchange #HM - ''Coffee Cups'' by Natalie Belousova
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #1 - ''The space behind'' by Leigh Boerner
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #2 - ''Pool 154'' by Adam English
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #3 - ''The Envelope'' by Beth Lanigan
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #4 - ''Repentance'' by Eleanour Garcraw
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #5 - ''The Caretaker'' by Clark Boyd
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #HM - ''Downgraded'' by Cheryl King
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #HM - ''Justice'' by Ivan Ertlov
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #HM - ''Gestures'' by Ben Bousada
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #HM - ''The Colony'' by Diane Callahan
3 - Sci-Fi / Opening an envelope / climb #HM - ''You've Got Mail'' by Serena Head
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #1 - ''Decay'' by Rebecca Anderson
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #2 - ''Death's Breath'' by Andrea Goyan
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #3 - ''their eyes'' by Dave Pasquantonio
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #4 - ''Final Harvest'' by Jan Treffer Thompson
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #5 - ''The Perfect'' by Nik Ellison
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #HM - ''Burning House Rules'' by Jenny Gaitskell
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #HM - ''Strong as death'' by Yi-Sung Oliver Ho
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #HM - ''Lila'' by Annie Dougherty
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #HM - ''You promised you'd never leave'' by Carilyn Ellis
4 - Horror / Drinking coffee / rotten #HM - ''Wedlock'' by John Adams
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #1 - ''You Are Dead'' by Michael Rader
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #2 - ''Office Roulette'' by Nikki Bennett
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #3 - ''The Divide'' by CL Handley
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #4 - ''For Emmylou'' by Phoebe Brueckner
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #5 - ''The River'' by Alyssa Beatty
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #HM - ''The Merciful Dead'' by Benjamin Bigelow
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #HM - ''I am the Vapor'' by Paul barbuto
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #HM - ''Old Bones'' by Jessie Nguyen-Bilse
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #HM - ''Invisible'' by Annesophia A. Richards
5 - Ghost Story / Setting off a smoke detector / rumor #HM - ''Haunted'' by Dean Constantine
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #1 - ''quenching the thirst'' by annette lucero
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #2 - ''A Mighty Cage'' by Hannah Zamora
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #3 - ''Three Wise Trolls'' by Laurie Moy
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #4 - ''The Tale of the Confection Crusades'' by Alex Tretiak
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #5 - ''Shatter Me'' by Julianna Harris
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #HM - ''Witchsong'' by Laura Ellen
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #HM - ''The Curing'' by Kimberly Turner
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #HM - ''Sea Change'' by Maxine Taylor
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #HM - ''The Sacredness of Secrets'' by Tegan H
6 - Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy / Waving goodbye / fixed #HM - ''Into her own hands'' by Martin Busse
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #1 - ''Company'' by Philipp Kopka
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #2 - ''Dirty Snowflakes'' by Sarah Dixon
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #3 - ''Forever in the Not Forgotten'' by Mark Bickle
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #4 - ''A Mother's Love'' by Taylor Kowalski
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #5 - ''Father and Son'' by Jodi Guryeva
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #HM - ''Black-Eyed Susan'' by Amber Saylor
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #HM - ''Purfume'' by Mairead Hurley
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #HM - ''Moving Day'' by Morgan Milobar
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #HM - ''Mrs Constine's B&B'' by Ellie Stone
7 - Ghost Story / Pouring something down a drain / together #HM - ''Two Stories Down'' by Jeffrey Ogryzek
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #1 - ''The Criminal Mind'' by Marjorie Drake
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #2 - ''A Typical Day in the Life of Mrs Violet Miller'' by Deanna Williams
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #3 - ''A Quilt To Cry For'' by Becky R Collins
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #4 - ''Operation: Chrissy Gold is a badass criminal mastermind'' by Amy Higginson
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #5 - ''The Golden Rule'' by Tom McGee
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #HM - ''Age Before Booty'' by CS Bowerman
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #HM - ''Father of the Year'' by Douglas McAbee
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #HM - ''The Getaway'' by Avery A
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #HM - ''Elusive Prize'' by Ber Berenski
8 - Comedy / Stealing a car / nest #HM - ''Mustangs and Motown'' by Karen Richard
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #1 - ''The Mantra of Lost Things'' by Randolph Giudice
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #2 - ''Whitewash'' by Ryan Dempsey
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #3 - ''Hearts in the Window'' by Brynn Anderson
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #4 - ''Control Measures'' by Shawn Maddey
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #5 - ''A Clear Reminder'' by Billy Liggett
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #HM - ''Ignition'' by Mark Farley
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #HM - ''Mother-Daughter Day'' by Amy McAllister
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #HM - ''The Rendering'' by H. Dair Brown
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #HM - ''The Mirrored Window'' by Danny O’Brien
9 - Drama / Washing a window / beauty #HM - ''A Dawning'' by Carolyn Parker
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #1 - ''Crop Circles'' by Nicci Guagliardo
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #2 - ''The Cost of Doing Business'' by Aaron Meacham
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #3 - ''The Fifth Stage'' by Kim Coryat
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #4 - ''Enough for the first day'' by Alex Z
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #5 - ''The Essence of Time'' by Brendan Landry
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #HM - ''Die laughing'' by Nick Smith
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #HM - ''Pleasant Business'' by Caleb Smith
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #HM - ''Hope Blossoms'' by Samantha Rivers
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #HM - ''Marco's Family Foods'' by Jennifer Peloso
10 - Drama / Spending money / competitive #HM - ''The Weeping Statue'' by Aislinn McKenzie
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #1 - ''Quandary'' by Katie Logonauts
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #2 - ''Nana's Flute'' by Conner Dudrey
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #3 - ''All in the Family'' by Darcy Nybo
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #4 - ''Hannah'' by David Halliday
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #5 - ''The True Story of the Great Greene Heist'' by Jean Ferruzola
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #HM - ''Mrs Lee’s Last Punch'' by Elsa Chanez
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #HM - ''Someone Crazier Than You'' by Caitlin Argue
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #HM - ''A Good Start'' by Lee Olson
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #HM - ''Love Tap'' by Charlotte Huff
11 - Action and/or Adventure / Hiding from police / expect #HM - ''Graveyard Ghosts'' by Laurie Hicks
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #1 - ''Better or Worse'' by Cait Drake
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #2 - ''Under Pressure'' by Zach Seemayer
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #3 - ''Frail Shield'' by Frances Howard-Snyder
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #4 - ''Flash Point'' by Charity Morris
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #5 - ''The Spark'' by Meghan Ferrin
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #HM - ''Control'' by Helen Jennings
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #HM - ''The Ten Year Itch'' by Kate Swenson
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #HM - ''Dear Megan'' by Josh Heffernan
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #HM - ''Twisted Sister'' by Lisa Knight
12 - Suspense and/or Thriller / Using an umbrella / absent #HM - ''Exchange'' by Paul Clark
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #1 - ''Murray'' by Bradley Ferguson
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #2 - ''Lobster Kisses'' by Gillian Wood
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #3 - ''Wanted: Muse'' by Lynn Fedele
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #4 - ''Rare Tillandsia'' by Liz Schwandt
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #5 - ''The Right Time'' by Jenn Raison
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #HM - ''Housemate'' by Darcie T. Kelly
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #HM - ''Turning Over a New Leaf'' by Rob Balentine
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #HM - ''Letters and Numbers'' by Lorrie Birch
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #HM - ''Orchidelirium'' by Matt Largo
13 - Romantic Comedy / Watering a plant / dedicated #HM - ''Like-you like-you'' by Julie Oliverio
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #1 - ''In the Interest of Protection of the Readers Sensibilities'' by Natasha Maksimova
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #2 - ''Bearing Fruit'' by Jason Nash
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #3 - ''Kite of the Living Dead'' by A. J. Bermudez
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #4 - ''Scribbled Note Tucked Under a Wiper Blade'' by Steven Dexheimer
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #5 - ''In My Day'' by Josephine Shum
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #HM - ''Usual disguises'' by Brenna Conley
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #HM - ''Kites Out, Lights Out'' by Raj Rajaraman
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #HM - ''Kites be Damned'' by Kristen Reid
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #HM - ''Spite with a Kite'' by Meagan Noel Hart
14 - Comedy / Flying a kite / chill #HM - ''Up to the Highest Height'' by Deborah Hoven
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #1 - ''Pepper's Revenge'' by Shelby Van Pelt
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #2 - ''Bonsai'' by Nestor Walters
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #3 - ''Red'' by Morgan Nikola-Wren
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #4 - ''The Cleansing'' by Daniel Johnson
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #5 - ''Safe House'' by Marissa White
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #HM - ''Hungry'' by Regan Puckett
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #HM - ''Breaking Free'' by Samantha Mitchell
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #HM - ''Grandma's House'' by Joseph Davidson
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #HM - ''Finding The Beauty in Monotony'' by Miranda Stahn
15 - Horror / Washing dishes / talent #HM - ''Corpse Daughter'' by Jessica Kirby
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #1 - ''Burden'' by KB Baltz
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #2 - ''The Slick'' by Laura Khurana
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #3 - ''The Project'' by Kasey Lee
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #4 - ''Lieber's Report'' by Brian Davidson
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #5 - ''All the Lovely Flowers'' by Storme Maynard
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #HM - ''As the Shivering Stops'' by Laurel McHargue
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #HM - ''Gone Away'' by Robert Blake
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #HM - ''Mother'' by Preston Willke
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #HM - ''Recall Protocol'' by Becca Barray
16 - Sci-Fi / Shivering / never #HM - ''The End of Touch'' by Emily Gallagher

 

 

 

 

 

 


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