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A LESSON - LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition 2017-2018

November, 2017
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LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition
2017-2018
Theme: A LESSON
Everyone has lessons to learn. As students, we have all had many memorable lessons at school – a lesson that you love, a lesson that you hate, and a lesson that you will remember for a long time. As a person, we also learn lessons from life. Lessons [...]

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A Sense of Home - 1st Prize Winner - LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition ‘HOME’

May, 2017
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A Sense of Home
Maybe I’m a lot like Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of OZ, clicking my heels together saying, “There’s no place like home.” Even before the school bell rings, telling me classes are finished for the day, my feet are already in motion, doing the happy clap-clap-clap heel dance!  My home makes me [...]

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HOMEBOUND - 1st Prize Winner - LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition ‘HOME’

April, 2017
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HOMEBOUND
 
Light. Darkness. False light in absence of the true. Thought is a sovereign hallucinogen. Alternating strobes. Black white bands sear vision. Cones and rods. Ocular mechanics. Organics. Flesh. Body. Embodied. Serendipity. Spiritual syzygy. It’s a matter of perspective. Lightyears in an instant. The usual irony. A bloody tang. But it only seems that way.
 
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TO ONE, TO ALL - 2nd Prize Winner - LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition ‘HOME’

April, 2017
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TO ONE, TO ALL
 
ZERO.
I exist because she willed me to. Age thirty-five, the Chinese woman longed for a child, a daughter, to hold. Thus, on January 1st, 2000, the first day of the month, of the year, of the century, I took my first breath, a lungful of [...]

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What It Means to Be Home - 3rd Prize Winner, LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition ‘HOME’

April, 2017
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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HOME
 
You stare at the dull gray table.
You feel the officer’s eyes staring into you like that of a ghost. He was the one that came when the store called the police. With a small glimpse, he was around thirty, fair-skinned with dark brown [...]

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Group IV (16-18) Winners - LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition “HOME”

March, 2017

LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition 2016-2017

December, 2016
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LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition
 
2016-2017
Theme: HOME

Home is where your heart is.  

Home is home.
Where is your home?   

Home sweet home.
  Are you home?

 
Entry Requirements:
Short stories: 2,000 words maximum (no minimum); the title is not included in the word count.
Entries must [...]

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SPIRIT OF THE SAKURA TREE - 2nd Prize Winner (Group III: 13-15 years)

April, 2016
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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 [...]

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1st Prize Winner (Group IV) - If They Find Us

April, 2016
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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 [...]

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1st Prize Winner (Group III) - If We Ever Blame Literature

April, 2016
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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 [...]

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1st Prize Winner (Group II) - If I Miss…

April, 2016
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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 [...]

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1st Prize Winner (Group I) - Honey Boy

April, 2016
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HONEY BOY
 
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 [...]

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Caged Bird

November, 2015
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CAGED BIRD
 
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 [...]

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2nd Prize Winner - Group III - Innocence

April, 2015
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Innocence 
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 [...]

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2nd Prize Winner - Group III - Naked Skin

April, 2015
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Naked Skin

 
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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 [...]

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