2016 SHORT STORIES

The stories below earned medals in the 2016 Contest

"Blow Smoke" by Richard Brown - Gold Medalist
This deftly worded story confronts the reader in fire, smoke and ash with the question: Do children become what their parents are?
2016 Blow Smoke Short Story.docx
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"Clock Strikes Twelve" by Jamie Greer, Silver Medalist
Even glass slippers can pinch when Prince Charming becomes a male chauvinist after the royal wedding. Cinderella ponders her decision.
2016 Clock Strikes Twelve Short Story.do
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"Inferno" by Zoe Rivera, Silver Medalist
Can love overcome the destructive obsession of fire? This mesmerizing story makes us hope the main character’s wings never burn in the flame.
2016 Inferno Short Story.docx
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"Pro Patria Mori" by Tom Yuz, Bronze Medalist
Delirium, vision, or the broken chards of chivalry’s ideal? The purple prose of this story serves a greater purpose than the reader first guesses.
2016 Pro Patria Mori Short Story.docx
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"And the Stars Threw Down Their Spears" - Jessica Zhu, Bronze Medalist

This sci-fi adventure tale set on a dark planet where stars are mined for energy and light seems the conclusion of a larger tale the reader will wish she/he could read.This sci-fi adventure tale set on a dark planet where stars are mined for energy and light seems the conclusion of a larger tale the reader will wish she/he could read.