Category: Contest Entries

The Martyr’s Song | A Short Story by Mark May

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, Mark! Chapter 1 The Arrival It was incredibly cold as Otto Lemdek stepped out of the back of the truck onto the frozen ground below. He looked around and noted the machine gun turrets, the barbed wire now gleaming in the setting sun, the search lights, the dogs kept for sniffing out prisoners, and felt a surge of pride. Only in the Third Reich would one find...

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The Park Bench | A Short Story by Natalie Pratt

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, Natalie! The old man sat on the park bench waiting. His face was lined with sorrow, and his shoulders stooped with despair. It seemed as if he noticed nothing. His beloved wife, Dora, had died nearly a year ago, and his life had lost all meaning without her by his side. “I will always be with you,” she had said. But the old man could not see...

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Battles and Soldiers | A Short Story by Ethan Wersland

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, Ethan! Snowflakes started to fall on a brisk January afternoon, near a small town in western Montana, as Daniel Crest drove on the icy road.  Daniel was a soldier, brave, fit, obedient, and loyal. Ranking a captain after serving only one term was never enough for him though– he wanted to be higher in authority. When he wasn’t worrying about his military rank he was trying to...

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The Forgotten Path | A Short Story by Allison Graham

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, Allison! When I was a boy, I lived with my parents, as all children do. They taught me right from wrong, and how I should treat others. Most importantly, they taught me about God. They instructed me in his commandments and warned me against evils. Then, when I had become a man, I set out in the world to make my way. Determined to make a name...

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