Congratulations to all the participants of our 2018 short story writing contest! Here is the full list of story ordered on the participant's names. For each of the entry, we have listed it in the order below.
Making the Journey
Nadine's perfect life has been turned upside down. Will she have the
strength and resilience to regain control and find happiness?
Aidan Phipps Oneto
Francesca R. Oneto
A Tennis Ball
Francisco just started middle school and he has to contend with a bully
named Jake, who is making his life miserable. Francisco knows he has to
confront Jake to get the bullying to stop, but is not sure he can do it until
he realizes that he is not alone.
That Glowing Penny
The helpless girl lives in fear of her own family and finds comfort in
small things. When her carelessness puts the only person she truly loves in
danger, will she be able to find that happiness again?
The last wish
When a boy and his sister find a magical wand, they're excited to use it,
but they discover that it has some unexpected side effects
Soumya Srihari Murthy
Fleeing her hometown from a terrible drought, Dhriti made it to a harsh
new existence. Her mind fixed on the only thing left in her world and its
existence dangling over a dark abyss on thin strings. This tale shows us how
powerful love can be.
Don't Judge Me!
One book. One library. And a whole lot of adventure. In this quest be prepared to see everything
from a new perspective.
In a distopian world from the future, overrun by zombies, a mother and
child stay in their safe home, but when danger approaches from people meant
to protect her, what will Veronica do?
Stranded in the middle of the Atlantic, Abshir duels the ship's captain
in order to get water for himself and his crew. But he must struggle to
overcome his doubt and fear to do what is best for the crew.
Anuksha Ram Madhan
The year was 1994 when the ethnic
tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnicities of Rwanda reached an extreme
and the Hutus began to hunt the Tutsis. With the world shocked by what is
often considered one of the worst genocides in human history, Raissa Nirere and her family find their lives turned
upside down as they go from friend to foe. And as fate sends a storm at the
once respected family, the only thing left for the Nirere family to do was
The Secret Lies Within
When Samuel, a 14 year old high school student, finds a compass that may
give him great fortune, he must do anything to get what is rightfully his.
Did you ever look back on your life, and remember how decent and nice it
used to be, then try to locate the exact moment it went downhill? For Beige, it was easy to locate, because
it walked right through her door.
In a world where angels rule and the stars are simply forgotten legends,
Amie must cope with loss, emotions, and change.
After being hit by a car, a man finds himself alone in a coma. As he
comes to terms with his situation, he recounts his experiences and internal
struggles. After this tragic accident, will he ever be able to return to the
life he once had?
The Star's Confusion
Shay Leir and Lanie Strickland mysteriously switch lives for a day.
Shay's sister and Lanie's brother have to deal with the effects of it.
This Facade of Hers
There are few things harder to watch than a girl losing sight of herself.
As the mind runs rampant, her struggle to find self-identity is observed from
a bystander who is closer in proximity than she might expect.
The Mysterious Disappearance of a Girl And Her Phone
A girl stands at a lonely bus stop,
wondering whether the right thing to do is to leave and run away from her
problems, or to stand by and watch herself delve deeper and deeper into a
seemingly ever expanding darkness. The only thing keeping her connected to
her old life is her phone, which she keeps on out of curiosity.
The Tales of a Single Mom
Mary is a single mom, living in the state of Texas. She lives a simple
life, and tends to keep to herself. But the world she knows is about to turn
upside down when she goes shopping for groceries.
A young girl in the foster system gets adopted and taken to New York to
live with her "new parents." However, she never wanted to be
adopted. She would have much preferred to stay in California with all of her
closest friends and foster family.
Cecilia Mae Richwine
Mark and Elizabeth Richwine
Lost and Found
When Rusty, a young fox, loses his family, life becomes harsh and lonely.
Then, a run-in with some cats makes things even worse. But a lucky meeting
might just brighten Rusty's future.
Carolyn & Steve Menke
The Battle that Changed us
The year is 1863. One soldier has a
secret. A secret that if exposed would cause them to be dishonorably
discharged. But they would rather die than weep on the doorstep, a broom in
hand. In this Gettysburg reimagining, when a southern belle disguises herself
as a man in order to fight the war that changed us, the events of history are
The Mystery Of The Unlikely Mood
A determined girl named Constance
about the age of 10, has encountered a strange mood after her teacher has
assigned a load of homework. Constance and her friend Izzy, work together to
solve how and why this mood occured. Constance went to the library to
research, but nothing. Then she went on the internet, but something was
noticed. She saw an ad that said there was a brain research lab near her. She
went there and a week later she got a response saying there was a bug in her
ear. She went to the doctors and got an antibiotic that helps kill the bug.
Will a bug corpse cause a new problem?
Emmett Newby and Avery Wheeler are all but unfamiliar to explosives and
spacecraft. Their time at The 1Up Arcade has taught them just about
everything when is comes to dodging incoming asteroids, but Emmett's
spaceship is vulnerable and unsuspecting when puppy love rains from Avery's
Iris thought she knew how her world worked. Or rather, her Society. She
waits until the time on her arm, at which point she dies. Just like that. But
what happens when she lives past her death-day? And when there are others
like her out there?
Jared discovers a dark secret hidden within his own house. Now he must
find a way to ward off something sinister and ancient, older than time
itselfâ€”deathâ€”lest it consume the whole world.
A young dog, by the name of Rosie, must embark on a journey through the
forest filled mountains after a tragic accident. Will Rosie find her family
again? Or will she join the wild mountain wolves, who roam this territory?
A young and desperate mask maker takes his shot at working for Daniel
Chan, a gifted artist in the craft. Things turn awry as he is rejected, and
decides to set foot on the path of redemption
A tiny, young hermit crab taken from his habitat must deal with many
trials and troubles as he struggles to get back to his tidepool. Along the
way he learns a great deal about himself and the world.
The Man in the Purple Suit
Rosella, a creative and hopeful fashion designer is determined to have
her fashions appreciated. Will the man
in the purple suit be her answer to making her dream become reality?
Hannah Catherine Joy Aldrich
The War Has Just Begun
Luan, a seventeen year old private in the Union army, is left deaf,
wounded, and alone after The First Battle of Bull Run. His journey to find
his unit holds an unexpected turn of events
Lily Learns Love
Constantly teased by kids at her school for having two moms, a young girl
Lily ponders if others' opinion really matter as long as she has a great
A young girl struggles to come to terms with the guilt of her best
Prabdeep Singh Bajwa
Wisps of Hope
Even a wisp of hope can lead an army, for hope is a flame that is hard to
extinguish! It keeps people going and fighting, It could have caused the
triumph of the Civil War in America. It might not of, but it sure ignites a
flame of passion in each soul. Let the Gettysburg battle begin!
One Of A Kind
Samantha is a struggling, 15-year
old student who has an argument with her math tutor, Mrs. Parker. She says something that she regrets, which
causes Mrs. Parker to resign. Consequently,
her math grades drops. Not only that,
Samantha misses her old friend. Will
she be able to convince Mrs. Parker to return as her tutor and dear
Jona Cordonier Gehring
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger
Speaking Up for Each Other
David is a British boy who runs a
youth radio show. When he investigates the informal ‘tent city’ of migrants
at Calais, and meets Jason, a refugee boy from Somalia, he starts to see the
world in a new way. With creativity, courage and commitment, the two kids
team up to make a difference together and in the process, build an unlikely
Young southern girl Birdie Grey,
recently suffered the loss of her father who was the main reason her family
continued to live in peace. Left with no money, and no way to leave their
small town, Birdie, her mother, and her nana are trapped in the sweltering
heat with little rescources. The hope of a better life slowly starts to die
from her motherâ€™s eyes, and her nanaâ€™s sickness gets worse each day.
Dreaming of escaping the confines of the town that pities her family, Birdie
takes comfort in the birds of her namesake.
Yun Hui Wang
The Kids Who Defied Logic
When four kids go to the park and play on the swing a weird thing
Katherine Lindsey Smith T
Mandi Smith T
I wanted to embody the pain of
death through this piece. However, it stops at Rock Bottom with the death of
a child and does not include the consequent adaptation to grief because I
wanted the story to be more relatable to those looking to recover from a
recent death in their own family. Seeing their pain reflected on paper (or
online) may help people to see that their despair is normal, and that they
are not alone in their experiences. In addition, there is an apparent lack of
religion in this text, however this does not exclude the influence of GOD in
the story; most of my writing has a christian undertone that reflects my
Of Memories and Feathers
Hallie is the light in Everett's life. She makes his life anything but
boring. So when Everett finds out that Hallie has to move away, he is
heartbroken. On their last day together, Hallie gives Everett an important
gift that could possibly change his outlook.
My name is Cambell
Campbell has what's called Ombrophobia, or the fear of rain. He has found
a way to manage his phobia while he's at school...until an incident forces
him to be outside during a downpour.
The Grass is Greener on Earth
There is a place were everything is peaceful.
Where time stands still.
A place where mankind has never set foot.
Or so it seems...
Follow Doctor Grayson and his crew on an enigmatic adventure across the
The Ship of Steel
Captain Seatamer is not part of an ordinary ship. But when his ship and
his crew members become endangered by a powerful storm, how will they escape?
And will they?
Every day at 7:30AM, she would see him at the crossroads.
Steel of the North
When a cry of aid rings across Scandinavia, Talniir av KongsgÃ¥rd rallies
his lost warriors to raid the fat lands of Saxony.
Napoleon rampages across the plains of Russia in 1812. Tsar Alexander I
utilized the arms of the Cossacks, a Slavic ethnic group, to his advantage.
This is one of their stories..."
Twenty Five and Counting
Jake has a boring life and a job to match. That is, until one day when he
is approached online by a potential love interest.
Dagger Jensen Saves the World
Destined for heroism, a young and
adventurous boy named Dagger Jensen lives with his mother among the vast
farmlands of Indiana. But, when a strange and raggedy man appears seemingly
out of nowhere, their lives will be shaken and Dagger's heroism will be put
to the test. Will the determined boy find a way to see past outward
appearances? In order to truly restore his life and prove his fearlessness in
the face of adversity, he has no other choice.
Malachi Vazquez Carr
Veronica Vazquez/Tim Carr
A scientist named Gregory is trapped on a dangerous planet. What before
he do while help arrives? Will our hero perish?
A New Start
A teenage girl finds out that her father is a thief. Now she has to go to
Paris with her mother and her
childhood friend Sam.It will be a new start for everyone.
Mason Xavier Surratt
Rod R. Surratt
See You In Valhalla
Askell, a Viking warrior, sets out on a path of vengeance after Nidhogg,
an ancient dragon with a grudge against humanity, makes him an orphan. Askell
will sacrifice everything of himself in order to avenge his mother's death,
and prove himself worthy of reuniting with her in Valhalla.
Flames of Freedom
The Emotional and Physical Embodiment of Stars
Stars are undefinable. Overwhelmingly constant, and breathtakingly
radiant in times of tranquillity and endless night skies. As Cassiel
navigates the nuances of his relationship, he turns to the stars.
All Things Unsaid
There will never be a way to
accurately guess someone's past. Too many variables, too many micro-memories
that contribute to a person's character forever. Even if Reid sat across from
her and narrated his life from sunup to sundown, Taliah will never know what
to contribute to the nightmares, the frenzies, the inexplicable showcases of
raw emotion and vulnerability. She isn't sure she wasn't to know either
Here to Play
A girl from the North Pole defies geographical isolation and the gender
barrier to play baseball. Her travels
and experiences lead to a better understanding of playing the game meant for
Naiima Kailyn Paul
Demi, the first (and only) child to be born on Mars has known the planet
her entire life. But when her mother wants to them to visit her home planet
of Earth, Demi will see a world she never dreamed of.
Young orphan, Megan, has one responsibility: to take care of her little
sister. But when a secret is unsheathed, Megan is shattered and everything
she loves is snatched away from her... and there may not be anything she can
do about it.
Let Me Stop You There
After their first camper is
destroyed in a fire, a father and daughter venture around a suburban town.
Their goal: find another camper to take them to Acadia National Park in hopes
of making the dreams of a dying boy come true. But after being rejected and
discouraged by the selfishness of people, the father must learn to believe
again in the power of kindness and believe again that their is still more
good in the world than bad.
The Years We Lost
In the midst of World War 2, 14
year-old Kaito is not worried. Despite being a native of Japan, one of the
axis powers, a godly emperor, fearless general, and army father have him
unconcerned, and focused on other priorities. But when disaster strikes within
the blink of an eye, Kaito feels despair for the first time in his life, and
suddenly realizes he'd overlooked what was most important.
Join Mary and Joe, two young inventors, in their adventure through the
sky. They have created something secret that they think is amazing. However,
when things start going wrong, they realize their creation is causing a few
Patricia Brooke Hinson
Hormones and Homework
Claire has spent the entirety of her
life in a small, dismal down, cloaked in constant cloud cover. Her sister,
Victoria, has done nothing but torment her with raging hormones and drama.
Not to mention, her best friend thrives on it! But on the morning of her
first day of high school, Claire looks at her life to come and decides to
take action: She won't allow herself to be miserable anymore.
A girl named Claire who always had a
connection with nature goes on a ride that will change her life forever as
she sets out on a horse named Luna but when an avalanche swallows Claire,
Luna helps her become stronger and believe in herself that she will never
forget when she discovers something deep within an animal’s spirit.
Nicholas seems average in every way except for one: he’s The Gluttonous
Panda’s most loyal customer, eating there day in and day out. But he has a
mysterious secret - he doesn’t go to the Chinese buffet for its delicious
Hephaestus, Aphrodite and Dwayne Johnson
Hephaestus, god of metalworking, is
used to staying behind the scenes, letting other gods and goddesses have the
spotlight while he works tirelessly to make their armor and weapons. But when
it comes to love, he has to be bolder – will he be able to capture the heart
of beautiful Aphrodite? Or is he doomed to remain in the shadows forever?
Quinn F Kammer
Moira Fitzgerald & Peter Kammer
A robot must decide what is best for the family he serves as they begin
to grow completely dependent on him.
Erin Stewart is tempted by disobedience and immune to others' opinions.
She is the only female hacker in her city, but is infamous for her coding
talent. However, Erin is confronted by reality when she witnesses the
disturbing actions of the local bus driver.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE MYSTERIOUS URN
A young girl finds that her grandmother's urn goes missing mysteriously.
An insane narrator goes on a murderous rampage and attempts to justify
his actions through a delusional defence.
Junior tennis player faces new feeling as he prepares for the biggest
tournament of his life.
An airborne version of gigantism spreads in a local forest causing nearby
animals to grow to unimaginable sizes. This leads to them feasting on things
their own size. Humans.
The Witching Hour
For most of her life, Cassie has been an ordinary girl within an
extraordinary family and an outcast among her peers. But when teenage girls
start getting murdered, Cassie must decide whether to continue to be
ordinary, or extraordinary. Either way, her life will forever be altered.
Three, well-trained, noble boys have already faced defeat from the
greatly dreaded dragon. With this knowledge, there isn't a soul that doesn't
weep for the nobody, Mito Torrea, who has foolishly decided to try his own
luck against the great dragon.
Jim Ayers, Macayla Ayers
The New Kid
Meg Taylor has this unique ability to measure how "dangerous" a
person is on a scale of 1-10. Normally, she went by unknown, but now,
something has changed. What was meant to be a blessing seems like a curse as
this ability begins to wreak havoc in her life.
Cathy Chen (mother), Chen Sun (father).
Robbed with Nickels
A mother of four struggles against the harsh
circumstances of the Great Depression. She puts up a sign that reads "4
children for sale, inquire within" in hopes of providing a better life
for her little ones. As each child leaves with a customer, her heart breaks a
little more. She only realized the atrocious act she had committed until her
broken family had reached the point of no return.
The Destiny of the Descendant
Seliena is a strong-willed
12-year-old with a passion for art. Her entire family is bent upon fencing
and her parents despise art. When she finds a long-lost photo of her idol,
painter Monique Cadence, a family secret is revealed. Her great-great-great grandmother
is Cadence. Her mother doesnâ€™t accept this startling news, angering Sel. It
is up to Seliena to prove that art runs in her family, and that it is her
destiny. Will she convince her family, or will she never be permitted to
pursue her passion?
My Journey to Freedom
My journey to freedom Is a short
story about a 98 - year old woman named Zamora, emotionally remembering her life story through her
writings in an old journal. She remembers a past where her world was not her
own. She was a 16 - year old girl whose life hadnâ€™t even begun. She was captured and turned
into a slave, taken away from family and thrown into a life where she had no
control. In that time , she is able to keep going only by writing letters to
her deceased father in a journal he had given her while still alive. Through
both happy and tragic memories , Zamora sits remembering a world that seemed long gone and so far
away. Yet the memories come flooding back as if it was only yesterday.
Veronica Vazquez/Tim Carr
A young Man named Michal moves into his Great grandfather's house. there
he finds a pen with magical powers that could end the world.
Ollie and Ibby
When her husband is killed overseas, Isabel has to cope with ther loss.
An Interesting Opponent
The New Kid
Mia is the new kid at school. When she starts getting bullied, she must
learn to overcome her fear and stand up for herself.
It's never us and them
A culturally estranged girl finally has the opportunity to meet with her
Chinese family. What follows is a tale that defies all her expectations.
Repeatius Tedius is an inkling: half
an idea. He is determined to not fail his society, but he has to find the
inkling who completes his idea to do so. Otherwise, he fades from existence,
leaving nothing worthwhile in the world. Follow him against leeches,
wanderers, and a certain executioner with a taste for unaccomplished ideas.
Will he vanish from reality, or will his idea come to fruition?
Mary Amelie Le Rose, a famous
introvert author . . . and invisible lunch lady. Every day, as students file
into the cafeteria to purchase lunch, Mary stands behind the counter
unnoticed. Until one day a student recognizes her. This bratty, irritating,
but brilliant student named Pallie offers her a deal. A deal that for Mary
Amelie Le Rose, might just be the beginning of the end.
Christopher Cosmos: A Story of Misfortune and Peril
Chris Cosmos, a self proclaimed and commonly recognized galactic hero,
expresses his undertaking to society through his best-selling spacelogs. Yet,
under the surface of his heroic facade, he is a helpless failure who always
manages to emerge victorius in the end, have it be by luck, or by complete
Xuan Xuan (Angelina) Li
A girl feels overshadowed by her sister and struggles to overcome her
insecurities in the face of a momentous decision.