At least a hundred stories submitted in our Red Room's scandalously short story contest had moments of brilliance—a great premise, a great scene, great descriptive language, a great ending. We picked just a few of these to highlight here, but there were so many that we really enjoyed reading.
Member Boudreau Freret captures the fantasy life of an inmate in "Thirty Seconds."
Member Kevin Watson captures a depressing moment in the life of a man who realizes he needs to end his relationship with his girlfriend in "Clarice."
Author Steve Hauk made us feel a trapped, threatened child's fear and convinced us of a violent solution in the disturbing "Two Dogs London."
A homeless teenager may find the help she needs by giving into a compassionate impulse in member Barbara A. Audet's "It's a Living."
Author Tina Sloan's romantic echo in "Pamplemousse" reads like a diary entry hoped for, for thirty years.
Violence interrupts a woman's attempt to climb out of her own personal hell in member Ripley R. Patton's "Ribbons of Awareness."
Georgia is on author Steven Scott Warren's mind as he drinks Cokes from glass bottles and he also sees his in laws "Shooting Deer and Drinking Beer."
Muffy McPherson lives in the perfect house, has the perfect mother who makes chocolate chip cookies with real chocolate chips, according to Author Ariel Gore's "Muffy McPherson."
Author Shobhan Bantwal tells the story of a wife who leads a secret life of questioning her husband's fidelity, and probably with good reason, in "Lingering Doubts."
Member Thomas White creates a portrait of an entire family celebrating a beloved, dying brother in an unusual way in "The Shamrock 'A'."
In "Mind and Vision," member Christopher Lynn Cudworth gets kidnapped in "What if my MRI revealed the Virgin Mary?" and raises philosophical questions that make our head hurt in a good way.
Member Joaquin Juatai writes a harrowing tale (warning: not for animal lovers!) of dog versus moose in the sled dog adventure story "Winter Trail."
Member Muldoon M Elder writes of Southern ruin and gentility in "Aunt 'Biff-the-Bean.'"
Member Nell Carson writes an intriguing story about a girl with a mysterious recent injury or illness, who nonetheless tries to have a normal day at the mall in "Blood."
We suspected from the start that member Kelly Tweeddale's story "Passages" is about more than a toddler toilet-training episode, and it is.
In "October's Treasure," member Jules Jacob shares an inspiring story of compassion and paying attention.
Stolen drugs, the Allman Brothers, and a Windstar paint a picture in between rock n- roll shows in this story by member Dennis Mahagin in "44 Miles from Saint Regis."
Coming close to death makes a doctor remember a promise needing to be kept in member C. B. Mosher's "Slide."
Once again, we'll announce the winners soon-watch this blog for the announcement. Thanks everyone for participating!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room