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SEPTEMBER CONTEST WINNERS: "IT'S ALL DIALOGUE" AND SCI-FI

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By CATHERINE

Nothing's quite like reading our short story contest entries, knowing only one can be the winner. Each time, X number of entries representing X number of writers who had the courage to take a chance vie to stand out.

The only thing the stories have in common is theme. 

September's themes: a story told with only dialogue and a science fiction story. 

Each dialogue story proved to be a bit of mystery. Writers couldn't rely on a narrator to tell the reader what was happening or why or when or where. The characters had to do it. Quite fun to read.

Victoria Sylvander's heart-wrenching story, "What Makes Us Human," might stay with you a while. As Victoria mentions in her short bio at the end of the story: she received the congratulatory email from us "on the first day of Asexuality Week." She adds that she was both "amused by the timing and overjoyed," and says she "hopes those who read her story can learn from it."

We hope you enjoy it.

As for the science fiction contest, well, I certainly won't ever forget when my thesis advisor Carolyn Hill said readers and writers of science fiction are smarter than those who don't partake of the genre. She said they can stretch and shape their brains in a way non-sci-fi writers and readers can't -- or don't frequently. 

I'm certain I blinked or stared like a deer in the headlights because she immediately instructed me to read Ursula K. LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness

That was me putting my toe in the pool of sci-fi. I have never attempted writing sci-fi, but I have immense respect for those who go there!

Our winning science fiction short story was "Blue Crush" by Sheila Rosart. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 

Thank you to everyone who wrote and submitted a story. We are so proud of each of you! You rock. Every time someone says no, know you are one step closer to someone saying yes. 

If you have an idea for a themed short story contest, please let us know. 

As the year zooms forward, we are so excited about our first anthology. All the winners from 2016 and 2017 will be featured. That's right: PUBLISHED! The anthology will be for sale not just on amazon.com, but around the world. The whole freaking world! How cool is that?!

We are also holding a contest for an artist, illustrator, designer to make a cover. Here's a link to that contest. 

Thank you & WRITE ON!

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