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Head Spin (1st Prize, Category 3)

April, 2014
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Two hours, twenty-nine minutes, fifty-eight seconds.
Two hours, twenty-nine minutes, fifty-nine seconds.
Two hours, thirty minutes.
Someone is very late. They were meant to be here a long time ago. Who was it again? You can’t remember.
You take a furtive look around the waiting room. It’s small, with two oak doors leading off it; one directly in [...]

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The Deck (3rd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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The dawn broke. The sun warmed my back, my fingers ached, my arm twitched with effort, the soles of my feet ground against the pavement. I stood as the sun rose. I held my head level and my eyes blank void of emotion. There was only one reason why I wouldn’t go. Pride. What a [...]

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January 16, 2014 (3rd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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It was an ordinary Wednesday morning.
Seconds before the alarm went off, I was shaken awake by the white glow of morning fog pouring into my room. I blinked away the brightness as I checked the time through my swollen eyelids. 7:29 a.m.
With my eyes half-shut and my mind half-conscious, I watched the minute [...]

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The Hand (3rd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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“How much further do we have to go?” Noah asked as they reached the top of the mountain.
“We’re almost there,” his brother coaxed.
It was a foggy day in October. There was a whiff of gunpowder in the suffocating air, and the brothers gave a small shiver under the sun, that nearly invisible blob of feeble [...]

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The Peony’s Promise (2nd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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Something serious must have happened for my father to take me out of boarding school and to come do it personally. Otherwise, he would have sent a servant. 
All through the carriage ride home, questions burn on my tongue, but I don’t say a word; I know that Father will tell me when he feels that [...]

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Promises of One Day (2nd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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The old letters were a blast from the past. She laid them out, in their crinkled glory, before picking up the first one.
Her hands shook.
                                                                          —–                         
Dear Mary,
Well, basic training has just gone on for a few days, and I can tell you that I can feel it [...]

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Buying Time (1st Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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One day, man has done it. He has finally found a way to make time palpable. Now, time is a physical dimension, a tangible collection that is kept locked up in the great Time Vault. Time is fickle, constantly shifting and changing color, but no matter how it changes, each piece of time always represents [...]

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2012: Full of Surprise (Complementary Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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2012: Full of Surprise
2012 for me is a revolution year. Because what? Many things happened and change my life. The big event is I move to Shanghai – China. Shanghai is an awesome city. But for me shanghai is make my life changes. For me move to shanghai is a disaster. I should leave my [...]

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Generation: Doom (Complementary Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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Generation: Doom
Beware when storms blanket the Earth, tidal waves devour lands, earthquakes shred apart homes. In the words of the famous Antoine Dodson, “Hide yo kids, hide yo wives, hide yo husbands…” because the apocalypse has begun…or has it?
 In the year of 2012 the end as we know it was prophesized. Although the end was [...]

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Sofia (Complementary Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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Sofia
Everyone knows death. It’s just a part of life, bound to happen eventually. I never really thought twice about it, but that’s because I’ve never had to. Death… It makes me think of old people, of starving children in Africa, of gangsters and mobs and wars. It doesn’t occur to me as something that’s supposed [...]

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The Monologue (Complementary Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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The Monologue

Thirty-first of December. It was the awards night. The magnificent “Ritz” was the venue; its unaging beauty and aristocratic eminency made it the most preferable place for all respectable ceremonies in the city. Inside the historical splendor of the hotel, in the modest lobby next to the elevators, Monika was anxiously playing with a [...]

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Year After Year (Complementary Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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Year After Year
 
Each year we say we’ll change for the better,
Two thousand and twelve was just like the rest,
Nothing was done and the world got bleaker,
Could we be failing the ultimate test?
 
A powerful storm has declared a war,
Allied with forces that we can’t fight off,
We are running out of time, we need [...]

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Envelopes and Thieves Don’t Mix (3rd Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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Envelopes and Thieves Don’t Mix
Racing through the streets, brushing past strangers of various ages and walking speeds, I see the door to the bank getting closer and closer. And finally too, ’cause I need to get this payment in if it’s the last thing that I do. Now, now, I’m not being melodramatic or anything, [...]

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High School Time Capsule (3rd Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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High School Time Capsule

“2012. Is it the year where everything crashes and burns, is this the year, kids, where everything changes? I want you to go over whatever you felt was important that happened in 2012, write it in a letter, and we’ll put it in our time capsule, which the school will open in [...]

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New Year Eve (3rd Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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New Year Eve
When people ask me if I blacked out that evening, I say that I did. I tell them that I don’t remember anything. I got weary of people asking me what happened and I realized that telling them my story would only aggravate the situation. Or I might end up in a mental [...]

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