By Emilee (Oklahoma) “Cancer, you say?” She asked, her teacup falling to its saucer as the fire hummed. The embers danced their way up the chimney and sent… Read more "The Midnight Sun (2018 Winner)"
By Destini (Kentucky) Ten. It was nearly 10:00 P.M. when I spotted her sitting in the corner of the grocery store, her hands in her lap, her… Read more "10 Days I Wish Had Lasted Longer (2017 Winner)"
by Samantha (Arkansas) He doesn’t think about how his men handle their muskets. They’re supposed to be the height of a 16th century British infantry, but their… Read more "Eight Things a Royal Officer Doesn’t Think About and One Thing He Does (2016 Winner)"
by Lauren Nguyen (Georgia) Dawn rises over the ruins. The soft, gentle light caresses the twisted spurs of metal, softening the edges of the snapped timbers and… Read more "Sunrise over Troy (2015 Winner)"
by Vy Doan (Arizona) [fear of flying] You were always my wild side. The side of me that no one ever saw, the unmapped terrain of my… Read more "Fallen Star (2014 Winner)"
by Casey Dunn (Michigan) (Dedicated to my grandmother who was such a generous woman, even after death.) 1 He’s coming, a man who I have waited weeks… Read more "Heartbeat (2013 Winning Story)"
By David Copeland (North Carolina) “Creak!” This was the sound of the floorboards, which was conspiring with the entire house, it seemed, to keep little Rae awake.… Read more "Echoes in the Hall (2012 Winning Entry)"
By Lindsay Klopp (North Carolina) The lazy morning of pink and lavender offered an almost cruel illusion of warmth. Under the brightening sky, trash and tainted snow… Read more "Emerald (2011 Winning Story)"