LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition
Home is where your heart is.
Home is home.
Where is your home?
Home sweet home.
Are you home?
Short stories: 2,000 words maximum (no minimum); the title is not included in the word count.
Entries must [...]
SPIRIT OF THE SAKURA TREE
She was already dead. Yuuki Miyamoto had to keep reminding herself, over and over again, like a chant. To him, she no longer existed. She was no more than a spirit now, who was forever bound to the Sakura tree that stood isolated and lonely at the top of a [...]
IF THEY FIND US
Thunder rumbled warmly outside. Rain fell like a lullaby of gentle drumming fingers against the window in a world lined with tar and concrete, simmering in the faint glow of neon yellow light. The bedroom was cosily dark, colored in mottled beige and soft creams and itchy carpeting. On the bed, a [...]Continue
IF WE EVER BLAME LITERATURE
Years ago, humans read and wrote. There was always something to say and learn. The synonyms and antonyms, verbs and adjectives, modifiers and pronouns — this endless list of terminology and definitions built up, accumulating upon a mountain of words. Full of fantasies and fiction, the humans learned that they [...]
IF I MISS…
“Daddy, come on!” I used to shout impatiently when the tantalizing smell of burritos hovered above me. Back then, as a four year old living in my home town of San Ramon, I would often run as fast as my short, stubby legs would carry me to my favorite fast food restaurant. Surrounding [...]
I and F. Two little letters but such a big word.
If Neil Armstrong hadn’t gone to the moon, there’d have been no giant leap for mankind.
If Beethoven didn’t find his love for music, our world would be full of rock music.
And if James turned left rather than right, none of this would have ever [...]
The sky beckons to me.
Some days I can just feel the salty tang of rainwater in my mouth and the hair whipping in my face. It would be the freedom I have never known.
But most days, the reality of my confined life is obvious.
My eyes sting with unshed tears and the longing of what [...]
Her new friends yell, “Double trouble!” as the curvy brunette holds two ice blue bongs to her mouth, inhaling the fumes of instant bliss.
It was always this way, not the smoking or the partying, but she always felt incomplete. She searched endlessly for a way to grow up or escape. Maybe one could blame it [...]
Her wrists are bound to a wooden post, jacket cast aside on the ground and her shirt torn apart. She slumps unconscious on her knees, held up only by the ropes at her wrists. As her arms become more fatigued, great waves of cramps sweep over her back, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing [...]
The Two Best Friends
Our story takes place on a bitter cold day in winter in an orphanage with two best friends, Harry and Eva. It is 5:00pm dinner time, Eva ate up but is still hungry. Although Harry is rather hungry himself, he gives his food to Eva. Eva’s very thankful. A few minutes [...]
The Forbidden Underwater City
The night before that day, I was starting to doubt whether this trip was really a smart decision. Tomorrow, I would be heading off to the dock, where I will board a submarine to the bottom of the sea. I’ve invited my BFF Jeffrey along, and he’s known me since we were [...]
Half Empty Half Full
With your glass half full
And mine half empty
When we were together people didn’t think we were crazy
It was December 11th 1995 when I met you for the first time, I had just moved to the school after getting expelled from my last one over a fight that wasn’t important enough for [...]
In March, she woke up to a different reality. The sun, a copper-coiled light bulb, blinded her and suddenly she couldn’t see. Well, she could, but the world appeared…gray. Although the sun radiated, she could only see clouds. And not “cotton-candy” clouds, as her sister liked to say, but amorphous demons ready to precipitate chaos. [...]