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The Decision (Supplementary Prize Winner - Group III)

March, 2011
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When I was growing up, I couldn’t help thinking that child services wouldn’t be too pleased with my mother. I’d seen them knock on my neighbors’ doors and take them in for questioning. More then once, they’d come home without their babies. That was Harlem in the 90’s, though. Stiffen up and protect yourself; neighbors came and went and [...]

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Two Stops (3rd Prize Winner - Group III)

March, 2011
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There’s an elementary school kid on the public bus I take to school who spends half his time bothering whoever’s unlucky enough to be sitting next to him. He spends the other half of his time picking his nose or tripping over his own shoelaces. He gets on the bus before I do, so I [...]

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The Woman on the Sidewalk (3rd Prize Winner - Group III)

March, 2011
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A woman sits on the sidewalk, an orange blanket spread out in front of her as if her entire life is on display. The blanket has a thin blue border that’s faded with age, a certain shade no one can fake.  Lying out on it are knives, traditionally carved and Swiss, and pieces of jewelry, [...]

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The Inquisition (3rd Prize Winner - Group III)

March, 2011
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I shall repeat myself once again: Gentlemen, your time would better be spent on something else for I did not kill Dr. Freeson. The words I speak are the truth. I am neither attempting to cloak reality nor deceive your ears Gentlemen; I only wish to cooperate and guide this inquisition to the truth. Do you not believe me? Then [...]

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The Decision (1st Prize Winner - Group III)

March, 2011
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With her hand tightly held in his, and a glance towards me that says nothing and everything all at once, they jump.

We live a peaceful life. In the morning the sun rises to greet the mothers and the girls on their way home, with the water buckets balanced precariously on their heads. Their full hips [...]

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Last Hope (3rd Prize Winner - Group II)

March, 2011
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In 2091, air pollution had destroyed the ozone layer. The whole world had become a large desert. People had to wear oxygen masks to protect themselves. As time went on, the sun’s powerful radiation had killed almost everyone, and the remaining survivors were struggling to stay alive. There was no hope.
I was walking in the [...]

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Unhinged (3rd Prize Winner - Group II)

March, 2011
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All I remember is running. My heart beating like a hummingbird’s, my legs creaking like an old door with every step. Sprinting away from some evil force, a monster only visible from my eyes. His name? Yes, you guessed it, Guilt. Blind, like the three mice from my childhood stories, I ran further and further, [...]

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The Original Crime (3rd Prize Winner - Group II)

March, 2011
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“How many of you have heard of the LittleStar magazine?” beamed Mr. Norton as he spoke into the microphone. It was a chilly December morning. The whole secondary section was gathered in the school auditorium for the daily assembly. Johnny, who had only been awake for twenty minutes, had rushed to school. So, like most [...]

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The Decision (3rd Prize Winner - Group I)

March, 2011
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It was a bright sunny morning when the bell rang for school. Amy stopped playing hopscotch with her friends and  ran to line up in front of the door.
As Amy slowly walked to her class, she thought about the new classmate, Rachel, who is coming today. What would she look like? Is she nice? But [...]

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The Decision 1000 years ago (3rd Prize Winner - Group I)

March, 2011
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I regretted the decision the moment I made it, the moment I saw the axe sink into the neck of the innocent man. I wanted to scream but I couldn’t, I tried running but my feet had stopped obeying me, all I could do was watch the blood drip onto the cold, stone floor. My [...]

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A Note from Professor Mounkhund

September, 2008
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In the year 1345 the population of the miniscule Coast Principality of Falala was affected by a sudden and unexpected shock. One would want to know this huge shock, this traumatic moment which spread twenty leagues around (and more), this frightening mystery, but I shall have to tell you the whole story first.
  The [...]

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Lunch with Aunt Cassie

April, 2008
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It was a dim, loud place, with fat candles that smelled like lavender flickering on every table. Abigail Gardston did not like this smell. She thought it smelled like old people and too much perfume.
   “Abigail, darling, your gloves are beautiful,” Abigail’s Aunt Cassie Shaw trilled. Aunt Cassie looked like a fat candle herself, Abigail [...]

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The Pickpocket Princess

February, 2008
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A NOTE FROM “PROFESSOR” MOUNKHUND
In the year 1345 the population of the miniscule Coast Principality of Falala was affected by a sudden and unexpected shock. One would want to know this huge shock, this traumatic moment which spread twenty leagues around (and more), this frightening mystery, but I shall have to tell you the whole [...]

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Tatiana

February, 2008
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The view outside of my window was better than the one outside of her window, at least. She was a large girl with blonde hair, tight lips, and small, mean eyes. Somehow Veyal managed to be charming anyway.
  But I had better things to think about as the matron of our ward strode down the [...]

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