2nd Round Results
The Short Story Challenge 2017 second round results are in!  The top stories from each heat are listed below in ascending order of heat number.  The judging was incredibly tight this round and it was difficult only recognizing a top 4 in each heat, so please do not get discouraged if you did not place as you hoped.

 

If your story is listed in the top 4 of your heat, congratulations on advancing to the 3rd and Final Round kicking off this Friday, May 5th at 11:59PM EST!  All Final Round participants will be emailed when the competition begins with their new assignment information and links will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Regardless if you placed or not, everyone should be proud of making it to the 2nd round through an original field of over 3,000 writers and rising to both challenges!

Top Stories by Heat
HM = Honorable Mention

 

      HEAT PLACE STORY TITLE AUTHOR SYNOPSIS      
1 - Comedy / A running race / A rookie police officer 1 Festering and Fanfare Rachel Logsdon A rookie cop is forced to organize a dangerous race during a somewhat disappointing zombie apocalypse.
1 - Comedy / A running race / A rookie police officer 2 Pendleton Crane and the Mystery of the Murdered Marathoner Alex Verma When an Olympic hopeful is found dead in his home, legendary detective Pendleton Crane must summon all his cunning to catch the murderer. Luckily, someone more competent is there to help.
1 - Comedy / A running race / A rookie police officer 3 Crossing the Thin Blue Line Matthew Lamb The Chief Commissioner decides to go undercover in his own police force to find out why crime is flourishing in his city. But patrolling the streets with his unconventional partner is nothing like he expected.
1 - Comedy / A running race / A rookie police officer 4 The Dog Days of Summer Claire Arnett When it falls to Officer Ginny Fairchild, a rookie cop, to foil a kidnapping during her city’s annual Wife-Carrying Championship Race, she must put aside her differences with her partner and save the day.
1 - Comedy / A running race / A rookie police officer HM The Beer Run Krista Galm A rookie cop gets her first assignment watching drunken college students run a race – and earns her new nickname in the process.
1 - Comedy / A running race / A rookie police officer HM Racing in Heels Carrie Houghton As a rookie on the force, Officer Posey never knows what the night will bring. Tonight it will bring *sparkle.*
1 - Comedy / A running race / A rookie police officer HM Possession is Nine Tenths Jayne Morgan A rookie cop runs from his Momma, his Daddy’s girlfriend and possibly the law.  Nobody expects the finish line to be an open grave.
2 - Suspense / A funeral / A tutor 1 Special Things Sarah Stevens When Kyle agrees to tutor nine-year old Chloe, he hopes to earn extra money and catch his crush's interest at the same time. His desire turns to horror, however, as he discovers a household of dead pets and broken toys.
2 - Suspense / A funeral / A tutor 2 It's Your Funeral! Ruth Bennett In the year 2030, Nora is devastated to receive a funeral notice. Still, there’s a ten percent chance she won’t be the one in the coffin.
2 - Suspense / A funeral / A tutor 3 "Pattern Recognition" Rebecca Lane Beittel A young autistic man with an incredible ability faces his demons at the funeral of his tutor and friend.
2 - Suspense / A funeral / A tutor 4 A Secret Undertaking Katherine Crews Sebastian only wants to learn the ins and outs of funeral management and casket design.  But when his tutor at a casket-making factory instructs his Sebastian to bury a high-paying client’s specially-requested item in the wrong casket, Sebastian finds himself at the mercy of a plot that goes much deeper than six feet.
2 - Suspense / A funeral / A tutor HM The Play Charles Hill A student struggles to feel sad at her teacher's funeral.
2 - Suspense / A funeral / A tutor HM Test Subjects Rebecca Owen “A primate research lab is infected with a fast-acting virus.”
2 - Suspense / A funeral / A tutor HM To Chide Away This Shame Krystyna Brundell A young university student prepares for his supervisor’s funeral, in which he is to play a crucial role.
3 - Fairy Tale / A delivery / A migrant worker 1 The Black Magic Market of Ascension Jennifer Van der Kwast A witch-for-hire arrives at the Black Magic Market of Ascension and is selected by a princess to help her divine the future using a crystal ball. When the witch foresees a future cursed with loneliness and suffering, she considers a way to alter the princess's fate – a solution that just might be mutually beneficial.
3 - Fairy Tale / A delivery / A migrant worker 2 In Deep Dark Wood Laura Freeman Into the forest the girl crept, while all around the villagers slept, and what she would discover—from one soul to another—while things might go snap in the night, it is certainly true that not all wolves bite.
3 - Fairy Tale / A delivery / A migrant worker 3 The Tale of Polly Pelican Lynda L. Wigington Polly Pelican left the poverty of her homeland to serve the storks at the Babyarium in the Kingdom of Joy. When an evil witch threatens their most important delivery, Sally Stork hatches a plan that tests the courage and strength of them all.
3 - Fairy Tale / A delivery / A migrant worker 4 The Traveler and the Tural Falcon Storme Maynard A Traveler lad does a good turn for someone met by chance, and changes the course of his people forever.
3 - Fairy Tale / A delivery / A migrant worker HM Margarette Dave McClain In a magical world, a little girl strives to prove that she is worthy of receiving the help that her family so desperately needs.
3 - Fairy Tale / A delivery / A migrant worker HM Her Heart's Desire Christina Hufford A prince attempts to usurp a princess’s kingdom by flattering her with gifts and wooing her into marriage. But the princess desires more than the prince is willing to give.
3 - Fairy Tale / A delivery / A migrant worker HM The Secret of the Ibex Pamela Keil Once there were two peoples that lived side-by-side, each helping the other. Together, they grew larger than either could alone, until one day they had to pay the price for that growth.
4 - Ghost Story / A homework assignment / A graphic designer 1 Anna Allison McKnight In an unstable household, ten-year-old Alex struggles to keep his sister happy. But the ultimate struggle is keeping himself sane when she goes missing.
4 - Ghost Story / A homework assignment / A graphic designer 2 How to make a ghost Elisabeth Lee Bali isn’t your usual tropical paradise as an expat finds out.
4 - Ghost Story / A homework assignment / A graphic designer 3 Spirit Bear Island Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki Margot is a middle-aged graphic designer who lives a self-destructive life. She retreats to a remote island on the Pacific West Coast to face her deepest wound.
4 - Ghost Story / A homework assignment / A graphic designer 4 Heat Jeanie Fritzsche Sometimes a romantic liaison brings cold comfort.
4 - Ghost Story / A homework assignment / A graphic designer HM Sand Creek Massacre: An Arapaho Ghost Story Meaghan Luther Mia Mendez doesn’t believe in ghosts, or at least that’s what she tries to tell herself after an Arapaho ghost appears to her to give her a cryptic message from the grave. But after discovering the truth of a centuries-old massacre, all she wants is to go back to set things right.
4 - Ghost Story / A homework assignment / A graphic designer HM Six Years to See Maria Reeves After her husband’s death, a woman comes to terms with the uncertainty of the future.
4 - Ghost Story / A homework assignment / A graphic designer HM Richard's Bad Day at Work Juli Fischer Richard has a hard job, but he takes it seriously. One day though, work takes him in an unpleasant direction that will change the entire world.
5 - Ghost Story / A loan / A volunteer firefighter 1 Five Alarm, Charlie-Boy James Townsend On his first day in his new uniform, Charlie tries to pay a business loan back to his father, a homophobic mechanic with Alzheimer’s.
5 - Ghost Story / A loan / A volunteer firefighter 2 Brother's Charge Brian Dunn When his sister shows up and needs a favor, Miles reluctantly agrees. She could be a real pain in the ass sometimes.
5 - Ghost Story / A loan / A volunteer firefighter 3 Spontaneous Combustion Michael Simms A man seeks a fire insurance payoff to get out from under his home loan.
5 - Ghost Story / A loan / A volunteer firefighter 4 The Military Chest Kristin Vlasto No matter what scandals happen in life, in death we all deserve to be forgiven and released.
5 - Ghost Story / A loan / A volunteer firefighter HM Hell Approaches Trey Dowell A group of wilderness firefighters retreats from a fast-moving inferno, only to discover there are things in the deep forest more dangerous than fire.
5 - Ghost Story / A loan / A volunteer firefighter HM Way Station Anthony Natale A volunteer firefighter gets a call on a cold night. He receives some unlikely help in discovering a piece of history.
5 - Ghost Story / A loan / A volunteer firefighter HM Room 203 Michael Stokes A firefighter seeks to find peace with her greatest mistake.
6 - Sci-Fi / Long-term parking / An electrician 1 Vehicular Manslaughter Toby Commander An electrician passing time on a job takes in the sights of London, removing a technological filter but maintaining a psychological one.
6 - Sci-Fi / Long-term parking / An electrician 2 The Parking Level Victoria Martin A vehicle maintenance robot on an intergalactic ferry discovers something unexpected while inspecting the vehicles in its care.
6 - Sci-Fi / Long-term parking / An electrician 3 The Mechanical Room Metamorphasis Nikki Bennett All college senior Janine wants is to eke out a passing grade on her final programming project. But when she asks the school braniac for help with a glitch in the program, graduating college becomes the least of her worries.
6 - Sci-Fi / Long-term parking / An electrician 4 Old Souls Karla Oceanak What it means to love and to live becomes complicated for the workers at a business that rents bodies.
6 - Sci-Fi / Long-term parking / An electrician HM PAR-K Dayna Barnes The transition from the peace of sleep to the bright lights and chaos of the waking world is jarring to even the lightest of sleepers, but walking from a centuries-long hibernation is entirely different.  The time has come for Tylar Morrison to wake up after more than three centuries, and it will take more than just a hot cup of coffee to reorient her in reality.
6 - Sci-Fi / Long-term parking / An electrician HM VIRGIL'S REALITY Jason White Returning home from an unpleasant interstellar family vacation, an emotional man struggles through a mid-life crisis and the desire to return to his youth.
6 - Sci-Fi / Long-term parking / An electrician HM Crossed Wires Jamin Ratzlaff Frank’s wife bought him a once-in-a-lifetime gift.  Will it live up to they hype?
7 - Romantic Comedy / A case of mistaken identity / A physical trainer 1 A Colossal Mistake Frank Morelli When Arnie Trundle finds his favorite professional wrestler moonlighting as a local fitness trainer, he’ll do anything to get close to her—even exercise.
7 - Romantic Comedy / A case of mistaken identity / A physical trainer 2 Gladys Tom Shillito A sprightly 80-something nurses a nagging dissatisfaction as he settles into the placid life at Three Pines care home. He thinks he will never again experience the many joys of married life, until an altercation with an objectionable fitness instructor sets wheels in motion that cannot be resisted.
7 - Romantic Comedy / A case of mistaken identity / A physical trainer 3 Gambit Ethan Jones An apparent mistake and a fumbled bluff somehow lead to romance, but questions remain.
7 - Romantic Comedy / A case of mistaken identity / A physical trainer 4 Lady Fisticuffs Kerri Ward A Georgian high-society lady poses as a peasant girl to enter the illicit world of female prize-fighting. But will she win more than just the title?
7 - Romantic Comedy / A case of mistaken identity / A physical trainer HM A Latte Confusion Jennie McGuire A mistaken identity leads a barista, specially trained in the art of making coffee but unskilled in love and life, into the arms of a physical trainer, ready for action.
7 - Romantic Comedy / A case of mistaken identity / A physical trainer HM Operation Einstein Sharayah Piercey Tammy’s niece has met the man of her dreams. The only problem is that she doesn’t know his name, and it’s now Tammy’s job to find out for her.
7 - Romantic Comedy / A case of mistaken identity / A physical trainer HM Blindsided Emma Mann A young stroke survivor hiding a secret returns to the clinic where she learned to walk again, pinning her hopes on the affections of a certain physical therapist. Unfortunately, her family comes along for the ride.
8 - Fantasy / Graduation / A postman 1 The Long Haul Robert Williams A warrior nears the end of a long quest to claim the hand of a princess. As he is led to her by the postman, he finds that all is not as it seems.
8 - Fantasy / Graduation / A postman 2 Wisdom's Messenger Jean Burnet An otherworldly messenger, charged with delivering intuition and instincts to mankind, finds an unlikely obstacle when attempting to impart wisdom on a love-struck teenager. Both their futures depend on his success.
8 - Fantasy / Graduation / A postman 3 Of Land, Sea, and Sky Sarah Chamberlain A young and in-training militia group have to prove their grit with a final test before graduation: take to the sea and kill a monster that has been tormenting a local village. A man from that village who joined up with them years before as a frail youngster, embarks on the journey as their scribe and means of communication with the outside world, with a hope of vengeance against the beast.
8 - Fantasy / Graduation / A postman 4 The Commencement of Eleanora Meredith Dodd In a letter to her mother, Queen Rosamund describes her daughter Eleanora’s unconventional commencement from St. Margaret’s Finishing School for Princes and Princesses.
8 - Fantasy / Graduation / A postman HM Letters in Transit Christopher P. Hicks A retired Mage races to save his apprentice’s life and receives surprise help along the way.
8 - Fantasy / Graduation / A postman HM Lainey's Last Lesson Victoria Kelsey In a small, magical town, people are stuck with outdated attitudes toward many things.  Lainey thinks it’s about time that some people learned to change.
8 - Fantasy / Graduation / A postman HM Delivering Dragons Naomi Kennedy A young woman believes her life is on a course to succeed, until a delivery gone wrong takes everything she thinks she wants from her, and she discovers that sometimes there is more than one path to your dreams.
9 - Action/Adventure / Melting / A prison guard 1 Luck Was Not His Warden Alissa Butterworth A psychologically damaged solider, escaping imprisonment, becomes the guardian of a murderer being returned for bounty.  They form a fragile truce to survive a hazardous journey over brutal terrain, but come to a violent reckoning before they make it out of the mountains.
9 - Action/Adventure / Melting / A prison guard 2 Igneous Rock Kelsey Lin MacNeill Sergeant Carroll and I have a good idea of what we’re looking for, especially since everything we find is covered in lava rock. Prisons don’t just melt from the inside out for no reason, and I’m going back into the ruins to find the culprit.
9 - Action/Adventure / Melting / A prison guard 3 Shootin' Good Catherine Day An army sniper is kidnapped and faces a difficult choice: her son or her country. She makes the only choice her conscience will allow.
9 - Action/Adventure / Melting / A prison guard 4 Melting Planet Jessica Ramesch Connor has done some very bad things for very good reasons—that’s the way he’s always seen it. But when he begins to doubt, an old flame tries to pull him back into the game.
9 - Action/Adventure / Melting / A prison guard HM Arizona Sun Lynly Raeben A Prison Guard is unknowingly brought into a plot that puts her in danger of falling victim to the desert sun.
9 - Action/Adventure / Melting / A prison guard HM Escape from the Compound Rebecca Milligan Asha has grown up in a reclusive religious sect but she is desperate to escape the abuse and suffering that a future there offers her. That means getting past Mara, the most pious of all the followers and her mother’s oldest friend.
9 - Action/Adventure / Melting / A prison guard HM Institutional Meltdown David Abolafia During a full-system failure at Lanford State Prison, while some of the country’s most violent women run riot, Officer Mindy Chapman must work with convicted murderess Dr. Bethany Katz to save the life of a stricken guard.
10 - Drama / A bad investment / A mother of 10 children 1 Little Ones Fiona Stirling A career woman tempted by egg donation discovers her bad investment has consequences farther reaching than she bargained for.
10 - Drama / A bad investment / A mother of 10 children 2 Bad Investments Jason Beymer A dying mother of ten says goodbye to the woman she loves—confronting a life full of regret and missed opportunities—and faces the chance to make things right with the only person who matters.
10 - Drama / A bad investment / A mother of 10 children 3 Flesh and Blood Katja Blum To secure her husband’s legacy and her family’s future, Dorothy spares no expense. But it is her own son who pays the price.
10 - Drama / A bad investment / A mother of 10 children 4 Y Debbie Friedman Dr. Priya Kapoor is the lead researcher at the New Earth Institute of Health, spearheading the search into why New Earth women can’t birth male babies. But her wife, Anitha, and she disagree over the ethics of bringing men back into society so strongly, it’s been putting unexpected strains on their marriage.
10 - Drama / A bad investment / A mother of 10 children HM Another Kind of Mother Jennae Phillippe A woman determined to never be a parent is paid to help couples have children. But a breach of contract changes her life forever.
10 - Drama / A bad investment / A mother of 10 children HM Let Them Eat Cake Laura Mahal A woman grieving over the death of her husband must find ways to provide for their children, while proving that the marriage was not “a bad investment,” as her mother has claimed.

Leave it to a child to demonstrate the worth of the man who has died.
10 - Drama / A bad investment / A mother of 10 children HM Precedent:06/15/1991 Jennifer McKinney Holly and James Garnet have spent decades building the family empire. Unfortunately for them, a few bad investments have sent it crumbling.
11 - Horror / Door-to-door sales / An unemployed 40 year old man 1 Greeks Bearing Gifts Ilene Goldman A door-to-door salesman offers financially strapped J.D. a way to make ends meet—at a cost.
11 - Horror / Door-to-door sales / An unemployed 40 year old man 2 Glass Eyes Calley Jones Alan has one more trick up his sleeve to exact revenge on the man who stole his first love twenty-two years ago.
11 - Horror / Door-to-door sales / An unemployed 40 year old man 3 At Last Jordan Ellis With the help of a mysterious stranger, I am shown the secret to happiness: It’s all about perspective.
11 - Horror / Door-to-door sales / An unemployed 40 year old man 4 The Knock at the End of the World Kristine Haryanto Julian’s life starts falling apart when the appearance of his neighborhood ice cream man is followed by mysterious knocking noises that threaten to expose his darkest secret.
11 - Horror / Door-to-door sales / An unemployed 40 year old man HM The Fariwalla Zahura Akter A fariwalla, a salesman, visits the village doctor to collect what he believes is his.  The doctor’s refusal to give in to his demand leads to their downfall.
11 - Horror / Door-to-door sales / An unemployed 40 year old man HM The Dreamer Robin Anderson A man purchases a machine to help him control his dreams, but it might hold more power than he suspects.
11 - Horror / Door-to-door sales / An unemployed 40 year old man HM Cross Reference Mark Shyzer A couple seeking seclusion are plagued by a series of puzzling deliveries.
12 - Historical Fiction / A tunnel / A new father 1 Nadzieja Christine Powers Hope is hard to find in Warsaw.
12 - Historical Fiction / A tunnel / A new father 2 When You Were Born Rick Wheelock An American paratrooper is stranded in Germany far from Allied forces. He finds a surprising friendship while struggling to survive.
12 - Historical Fiction / A tunnel / A new father 3 The Ravens of Villers-Bretonneux Paul Draper An Australian Soldier escapes a strangely quiet 1918 French battlefield,

through a railway tunnel.
12 - Historical Fiction / A tunnel / A new father 4 Secrets Antonina Mikocka-Walus A partisan fighting in the Warsaw uprising of 1944 travels back home to reunite with his sweetheart and her new-born son.
12 - Historical Fiction / A tunnel / A new father HM One Last Hole Rachel Christilles While serving as an elite “tunnel rat” in the Vietnam War, Eddie is eager to meet his newborn son in the States. Less than two weeks before the end of his second and final tour he volunteers for what should be an easy mission.
12 - Historical Fiction / A tunnel / A new father HM The Light At The End Tom Ransome-Jones The Messines Ridge, Belgium, 1917 – A conscripted English miner digs tunnels below enemy lines to lay explosives in the biggest tunneling operation of the First World War.
12 - Historical Fiction / A tunnel / A new father HM McKinley's Magnificent Menagerie Avalon A. Manly It’s 1858 and the circus is in town, but performers Selika and Wallace, black siblings born free in the North, don’t seem too welcome this side of the line, no matter their skills. They could have left easily before the slave catcher came for them, taken the safe road back to the North, but the menagerie presents its own problems on this rainy Atlanta night.
13 - Thriller / A water supply / A forest ranger 1 Beneath the Dome Patsy Pratt-Herzog The domed forests of Casparteaka were a safe-haven for hundreds of species that had been hunted to the brink of extinction throughout the galaxy.  Casparteaka’s Forest Rangers were the last line of defense against those that would destroy beauty for profit...but what happens when the last line of defense is tainted by madness?
13 - Thriller / A water supply / A forest ranger 2 Stephanie Sarah Margaret Martin After seeing her friend’s name in the newspaper, Ilana Fogarty recalls a long-repressed childhood memory.
13 - Thriller / A water supply / A forest ranger 3 Twenty-two Ounces Darrell Fedchak Forest Ranger Matt Tilden is checking out reports of poachers when he steps in a bear trap, pinning his leg. Trapped away from his truck and unable to call for help, he counts down as his precious water supply dwindles.
13 - Thriller / A water supply / A forest ranger 4 Sooner or Later Sarah Thomas “Sooner or Later”



Shelley Tate, a ranger with the National Park Service, embarks on a dangerous mission to save lives by repairing water stations in the desert.
13 - Thriller / A water supply / A forest ranger HM There Are No Dreams in Space stephen matlock Dr. David Ifiemi, xenobiologist and keeper of the forest, awakens on a refugee flight to Epsilon Eridani VI to find the ship’s water supply compromised and the propulsion system stopped, which will lead to the death of everyone years before they reach their destination. The clock is ticking—can a forest ranger engineer a solution that will get them all safely home?
13 - Thriller / A water supply / A forest ranger HM Leeches Jennifer Carricut The world has become a dust bowl on which all surface water is highly acidic and, if untreated, will cause cancer within months.  Different groups have found different ways to alkalize water.
13 - Thriller / A water supply / A forest ranger HM Recruitment Kristen Olsen On a night patrol through the backcountry of Yosemite, forest ranger Rainy tracks the sounds of a terror cell planning an attack on a remote reservoir that supplies drinking water to the San Francisco Bay Area.
14 - Sci-Fi / A walking tour / A reenactor 1 Homecoming Amy Palen Four explorers begin a reconnaissance mission to reclaim the abandoned Earth.
14 - Sci-Fi / A walking tour / A reenactor 2 The Scream and the Roar Cayce Osborne A recommissioned android seeks to understand both its programmed purpose and the wider human world.
14 - Sci-Fi / A walking tour / A reenactor 3 Locus Non Est Instar Domus S.D. Bullard It’s Arilisa’s first day as a tour guide with Worlds Tours Intergalactica.  While she’s been waiting for this day forever, she may get more than she bargained for when she’s paired with the unusual Irving.
14 - Sci-Fi / A walking tour / A reenactor 4 Missed Connection Mollie Doerner Jesse has depended on NeuroSync technology his entire adult life. When he travels to Prague and is denied access to the network, he learns that life off the grid isn’t as bad as it seems.
14 - Sci-Fi / A walking tour / A reenactor HM Living History Steve Rzasa Sam Iekel faces his first day as a guide to a recreated 21st Century Earth city on an alien space station where refugees from across the galaxy are gathered. With no world to truly call home, he must find his place.
14 - Sci-Fi / A walking tour / A reenactor HM Witness Megan Vanalstine It’s 2307, and Earth has gone through a brutal war against the invading Dannevei. But after the peace treaty, human beings are now adjusting to life sharing the planet with their former enemies, while the Dannevei are learning all they can about Earth’s history.
14 - Sci-Fi / A walking tour / A reenactor HM The Reenactor Amy Ward An android body double makes an adequate replacement when Miriam’s husband is away on business. But is the reenactor superior to the real thing?
15 - Mystery / A home renovation / An architect 1 Renovating the Soul Juan Cortes A grieving widower, struggling to rebuild his life, awaits the arrival of a mystery suitor.
15 - Mystery / A home renovation / An architect 2 The Renovation Alison Kimble In the middle of a stroke, Mark calls another woman’s name. His wife, Anna, an ex-detective, is left to figure out if it was a lapse of the mind, or the heart.
15 - Mystery / A home renovation / An architect 3 Hidden Things Laura Williams A carer who lives with an old architect is powerless to stop the man’s descent into the fog of Alzheimer’s-induced dementia.
15 - Mystery / A home renovation / An architect 4 The Lamps Brook McClurg The perpetual renovation of an old house lures its inhabitants into obsession to the detriment of all other relationships. The boy next door grows up wondering why.
15 - Mystery / A home renovation / An architect HM Murder One Cindy Durrant A young detective’s first murder case turns out to be a little too personal.
15 - Mystery / A home renovation / An architect HM The Baker House Nora Katzenberger When a grieving widow buys a house designed by a famous architect, she discovers a secret hidden inside its walls.
15 - Mystery / A home renovation / An architect HM Winterblood Niroshini Dahanayake Martha Miller’s day job is selling property, not solving crime. But when her big-ticket client is abducted, she might just have to find a way to do both…
16 - Comedy / Overstaying one's welcome / A cake decorator 1 To Have and to Hold Lily Shahmoon Delivery man Eoin loves watching Greg decorate cakes, but maybe he’s bitten off a little more than he can chew...
16 - Comedy / Overstaying one's welcome / A cake decorator 2 Mis-cakes Were Made Jenny Fengler Susan’s shelf life is threatening Paula’s love life. For best results, sift together two parts chaos, one part misunderstanding, and a quick-rising moment of crisis.
16 - Comedy / Overstaying one's welcome / A cake decorator 3 A Cake for Alpha Toni Johnson Interdimensional cake ingredients are the best kind.
16 - Comedy / Overstaying one's welcome / A cake decorator 4 Mr Bundtooble and the Turnaround Turnip Cake Siobhan Tootell Mr Bundtooble, an eccentric character from the small seaside town of Loopo, reads about a political decision that will change his life. He resolves to find a way to change it back.
16 - Comedy / Overstaying one's welcome / A cake decorator HM Whisk and Tongs Bethany Snyder A scavenger hunt forces Lydia to team up with her culinary school nemesis, and finds her stuck in the most unexpected of basements.
16 - Comedy / Overstaying one's welcome / A cake decorator HM Marzipan Misadventures Ruby J Chase When a talented cake maker takes over her aunt’s specialty cake shop, she begins to question her sanity.
16 - Comedy / Overstaying one's welcome / A cake decorator HM Eat n Fresh Kirsty Maclean Kirsten owns a cake shop, and one day receives a commission from an unexpected customer. But this time cakes aren’t all she is cooking up.
17 - Romance / An incurable disease / A taxi driver 1 To the Owner of This Taxi Ingrid Bohnenkamp Selected letters from my grandmother, Ruth Dornan Siegler (1939-2016), to her second husband, the science fiction writer Martin Alfred Siegler III (b. 1945). For a complete collection of their prolific correspondences, see Siegler’s biography, The Man from Xenicon: Collected Writings of Orson Manly, Vol. III, Appendix D.
17 - Romance / An incurable disease / A taxi driver 2 Lemonade Timothy Sunderland An embittered taxi cab driver falls for a vision-impaired substitute teacher who is his regular fare, but first he realizes he must right the wrongs of his life.
17 - Romance / An incurable disease / A taxi driver 3 The First Friday Kaneana May On the first Friday of every month, a taxi driver finds himself falling in love with one of his regular customers. It seems the feelings are reciprocated but is their romance meant to be?
17 - Romance / An incurable disease / A taxi driver 4 Sideshow Amanda Pampuro Rained out of his usual spot, a street performer takes his show on the road.
17 - Romance / An incurable disease / A taxi driver HM The Last Ride Home Rebecca Sharp A hopeful cabbie in search of a happy ending plays matchmaker to two fares.
17 - Romance / An incurable disease / A taxi driver HM Tariq's Bookbag Andres Ilves In 1998 San Francisco, a grieving Bosnian refugee taxi driver recovers a Berkeley student’s lost bookbag. Through the Japanese language books he finds inside, he honours his past and allows himself to love again.
17 - Romance / An incurable disease / A taxi driver HM Moon Head Maija Liinamaa A widowed Japanese taxi driver rediscovers romance after befriending a balloon.
18 - Horror / A live performance / An assembly line worker 1 Macbeth, Live Lynda Melban White After she’s dumped by the director, one of Macbeth’s witches doesn’t stick to the script.
18 - Horror / A live performance / An assembly line worker 2 The Belva Sarah Harden A puppet-maker stays late at work to finish an important order only to find his craft turning against him.
18 - Horror / A live performance / An assembly line worker 3 Uninvited Blessings Julie Eisenlohr Embalming fluids and heavy machinery. These are what miracles are made of.
18 - Horror / A live performance / An assembly line worker 4 Or Your Money Back Sam Crain Chris, a musician who works on an assembly line by day, gets off work and goes to a concert he’ll never be able to forget.
18 - Horror / A live performance / An assembly line worker HM Doll Face Jena Crossley Evil plagues an opera singer after meeting a factory worker from the nearby doll factory.
18 - Horror / A live performance / An assembly line worker HM Chimera Atlantis Crumb A lab worker has to take matters into his own hands when a cloning experiment goes wrong.
18 - Horror / A live performance / An assembly line worker HM Goodnight, Gracie Lisa Grimes A young woman drives home through a dark forest late at night. Can this possibly end well?
19 - Fantasy / A collection / A scuba diver 1 The Time Collection Patti Hall By the time Shannyn and Sharlotte were born, their civilization had so carelessly spent their time, knowledge and traditions, life expectancy was reduced to 14 years. The only way to stop the steady progression of lost years was to complete the Quest; Shannyn would be faced with a terrible choice: save her world or save her sister.
19 - Fantasy / A collection / A scuba diver 2 Earth and Fire, Wind and Sea Leslie Beckmann When veterinarian Geena Amapolis is presented with an absurdly lucrative offer to dive for a mythical creature, she must choose between her conscience and money she desperately needs to save her clinic.
19 - Fantasy / A collection / A scuba diver 3 Lotions, Notions, and Potions Jenni Cook A witch offers a unique selection to her store’s customers. Her one-of-a-kind, lifelike figurines are particularly sought after.
19 - Fantasy / A collection / A scuba diver 4 The Last Mermaid Allison Spooner When his life's work observing and recording the underwater activity of Merpeople has unintended consequences, Rich Easter just wants to live out the consequences of his actions in solitude. But a final job may offer a chance for redemption.
19 - Fantasy / A collection / A scuba diver HM The Silver Fairy Hayley Wilds A young widow’s secret obsession keeps her lost in a sea of grief.

Will she dive deep enough to find her way back home?
19 - Fantasy / A collection / A scuba diver HM Lady Vengeance Svetlana Zaitseva Jenny has been seeking revenge for a long, long time. But on her latest job, she runs into someone who gives her a reason to reconsider her mission.
19 - Fantasy / A collection / A scuba diver HM Sirena Kandise Woods A modern re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”
20 - Crime Caper / A-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity / A tollbooth worker 1 The Tollbooth of Eden Cory Harris A tollbooth operator thinks his true love has disappeared forever. But when she unexpectedly drives through his booth, she offers him more than just exact change; she offers him a chance for adventure.
20 - Crime Caper / A-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity / A tollbooth worker 2 Nice Work If You Can Get It Faye Upton When you’re an old hand at stealing cars, planes, and even the odd dog, how hard can it be to nick a champion racehorse?
20 - Crime Caper / A-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity / A tollbooth worker 3 Stealing Glads Kris Faatz Andy Flynn, a longtime sufferer from anxiety disorder, makes ends meet hauling stock for a florist when he meets Madelyn, a tollbooth worker. Seeing a chance that’s unlikely to come again, Andy steals a gift for her, and in doing so, changes both their lives.
20 - Crime Caper / A-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity / A tollbooth worker 4 Graybeard Technology Greg Strathern Two old-timer from different worlds face uncertain futures until joining forces and harnessing the power of technology.
20 - Crime Caper / A-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity / A tollbooth worker HM Academic Misconduct Ryan Benson What happens when the perfect alibi is your undoing?
20 - Crime Caper / A-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity / A tollbooth worker HM Watchman, What of the Night? Susannah Carlson A kindergarten teacher plans a protest, but his friends soon have other ideas
20 - Crime Caper / A-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity / A tollbooth worker HM Mint condition Colleen Delaney A seasoned toll taker on the Tobin Bridge knows that some coins have more value than others.

 

 

 


Short Story Challenge 2017 | Forums
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Join our Mailing List
©2017 NYC Midnight, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.