Grand Prize Winner: “Artistic” Category
“Summer camp, backyard, or wherever; who’s camped overnight in a tent?”
A virtual forest of hands sprang up in the crowded classroom. After hesitating briefly, the foreign exchange student raised her hand, as well.
“You’ve stayed in a tent?” Mrs. Saunders asked her.
“Yes,” Maria said.
“After the earthquake.”
John H. Dromey has had a short story published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, a mini-mystery in Woman’s World, plus fiction online at Liquid Imagination, Mysterical-E, and elsewhere.
Grand Prize Winner: “Amusing” Category
We’re a feral family. Live out in the woods.
The kids begged for a picnic.
We gathered some tubers and roots and headed for the nearest subdivision.
Found a house with nobody home. Spread out our picnic on the dining room table.
Little Susie saw a cockroach bug and shrieked.
Joe Malone is living in a mud hut in South Sudan. Read more from him at http://joem18b.wordpress.com/.
Runner-Up 2: “Artistic” Category
“…The rusty axe still dripping blood.” An unexpected campfire pop startles us. We laugh.
“Time for bed, everyone. More stories tomorrow,” I say.
Later in my tent, I lie awake.
What was that?
Only forest sounds, but still foreboding.
All the kids are sleeping, except the one inside of me.
Alexander Key teaches high school when no one is looking.
Runner-Up 2: “Amusing” Category
“I know we are bad for each other, but you add something special to my life I’ve never felt before. Our closeness makes me feel faint. It wounds me that they say we would be better apart.”
“To separate us would kill me.”
“And me as well, my deerest Tick.”
Craig Holzschuh (1973-present) is an American writer. He is best known for amusing stories and an overreliance on spell-check. His pseudonyms pout in jealousy.
Runner-Up 1: “Artistic” Category
Mike and Dan attached weights to fishing lines and baited hooks. They cast and waited for the telltale pull. They wanted “Barney”.
Hours dragged by and the sun dimmed. Water splashed; other fish danced on the lake.
Mike and Dan swore they heard laughter as they trudged to their tents.
Eileen McIntyre is a writer from Northern California working on her first mainstream fiction novel. One of her essays will be published in an anthology by the end of the year.
Runner-Up 1: “Amusing” Category
“The stars are looking positively wonderful tonight.”
“Indeed they are! Couldn’t have hoped for a clearer night for a spot of stargazing!”
“You know, there’s a lot you can learn from looking at stars.”
“You mean like navigation?”
“That, and the fact that someone seems to have stolen our tent!”
Following the completion of his degree, Nathan Barber is now reading as many sci-fi novels as he can, to find the perfect doomsday machine to make best use of his skills as a nuclear engineer.