Contest Entries

Clever Girls (Microfiction)

A fun little piece from last December’s NYC Midnight Microfiction 250 competition, Honorable Mention, first round. Prompts were Action/adventure (genre), feeding an animal (action), and “wish” (word that must be included in some form). 250 words. ***** Gnarled vines lash Kaya’s shoulders as she barrels through the jungle, but she doesn’t feel a thing.  Her heart hammers. Footsteps? Callum will…

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Comedy, Contest Entries

Strategic Happiness Initiative Toward Safety, Health, and Onsite Work (Flash Fiction)

FOURTH PLACE, NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge, September 2020. Genre: Political Satire; Prompts: “basketball court” (location) and “buttercream” (object). These prompts gave me an immediate headache when I received them, but I ended up having so much fun writing this epistolary-style story! 1,000 words. CONTENT ADVISORY: Adult Humor ***** As the pandemic drags into its second year, management wants everyone…

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Contest Entries, Drama, Family, Literary Fiction

Delicious (Flash Fiction)

Have we reached the point where something can be vintage-Covid? Eight months in, I think so. This piece (which is absolutely fiction, although heavily influenced by life) hits that summer 2020 note. Written for a comp in which it didn’t place, and I don’t have anywhere else to submit it, so sharing it here. [500 words] *** Five toes. I…

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Contest Entries, Horror

Pepper’s Revenge (Microfiction)

FIRST PLACE, NYCM Microfiction Challenge, November 2019. Genre: Horror; Prompts: “washing dishes” and “talent.” 250 words. *** “Ginger, Samson, Felix,” you sing softly, unpinning a dishrag from the clothesline on the patio. Their names, I assume.  It’s been years since you said mine. The screen door bangs as you return to the kitchen. I count the bowls as you wash…

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Contest Entries, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction

For Good Reason (Short Story)

A rookie poltergeist faces her toughest assignment yet—and this time, it’s personal. Written for YeahWrite SuperChallenge 14, October 2019. Prompts were: Location, outside a family member’s home and Object (which must be plot pertinent), a “pretty rock.” I never thought I’d write a ghost story in an open-genre competition but here it is! 980 words. *** Yellow? They painted the…

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Comedy, Contest Entries, Short Stories, Suspense

Sweet Dreams (Short Story)

It’s a totally bitchin’ summer for Anna, working at the Fotomat…until she realizes life isn’t all Kodak moments. Third Place, NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge 2, September 2019. Genre: Suspense; Location: A drive-through; Object: a boarding pass. 998 words. *** “God, these people!” Mandy flips through the glossy snapshots. “Piano recitals, graduation parties. Gag me.” “Can you not mess everything…

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Contest Entries, Science Fiction, Short Stories

The Perfect Match (Short Story)

Young, literate, and Earthborn: female Six-Four-One is a perfect match for Muldoon, the casino tycoon. Things are about to get dangerously hot in the Ice Orbit. Originally written for NYCM Flash Fiction Challenge 1, July 2019, where it scored fourth in its heat. Genre: Science Fiction; location: a casino; object: a paper shredder. 1,600 words. *** The metal chair is…

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