Category: Contest Entries

The Morning Miracle | A Short Story By Sophia F. Olomi

This story was submitted for the 2015 Winter Quarter Short Story Contest. While it wasn’t a finalist entry, the judges enjoyed it, and felt it merited being shared with the community. Congratulations, Sophia! It was cold on the evening of December 19. Snow was falling softly from the pale blue sky, and the old brick convent was surrounded by a winter wonderland. The slight Colorado wind whistled through the trees and out beyond the mountains. A small trail of smoke slowly spiraled out of the tall chimney. The distant sun was setting behind the purple mountains as night neared....

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The Christmas Gift | A Short Story By Catherine Salgado

This story was submitted for the 2015 Winter Quarter Short Story Contest. While it wasn’t a finalist entry, the judges enjoyed it, and felt it merited being shared with the community. Congratulations, Catherine! “I know what I want this year for Christmas.” The simple statement had the effect of entirely silencing the Marcels’ breakfast table. Lizzie, the baby of the large family of six children at five years old, almost always got attention like that.  With her blonde ringlets, huge sky-blue eyes, and rosy cheeks, Lizzie looked like a cherub, but her strange personality, a blend of almost adult...

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A Search for Certainty | A Short Story by Stephanie Girod

This story was submitted for the 2015 Winter Quarter Short Story Contest. While it wasn’t a finalist entry, the judges enjoyed it, and felt it merited being shared with the community. Congratulations, Stephanie! The smallest coffins are the heaviest. The darkly clad figures before me, hunched as if under a large weight. But the coffin was small. It was carried through the bleak, cold church with a careful solemnity. Perhaps it was the sadness of the situation that weighed down on everyone’s shoulders. It was peculiarly different from the many other funerals I have attended in the past. The...

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To Have Faith | A Short Story by Emily McKinnon

This story was submitted for the 2015 Winter Quarter Short Story Contest. While it wasn’t a finalist entry, the judges enjoyed it, and felt it merited being shared with the community. Congratulations, Emily! I lay down my weary head upon the feathered pillow.  A long hard day deserves a long rest.  My muscles ache horribly.  From every bone I feel as though I have been broken and beaten through my skin. How much longer will I be able to endure such rough work completely alone?  I feel as though the end is already near; nearer and nearer every day....

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Faded Rose | A Short Story by Kayla Binner

This story was submitted for the 2015 Winter Quarter Short Story Contest. While it wasn’t a finalist entry, the judges enjoyed it, and felt it merited being shared with the community. Congratulations, Kayla! When Kacy Landon walked into the white halls of Clarendale Hospital one beautiful fall day, she had the air of someone sentenced to a lifetime in prison. Her pretty face was turned down in an ugly scowl. Her hands clutched a book so tightly that her fingers were turning white. Every inch of her, from her tense shoulders to her black Converse sneakers striking the speckled...

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