11th grade, New Jersey
First Place — The ground is perpetually damp, the buildings creak, and the sun seems more like a hole forced into the sky...
The Thing in the WallIfe Olatona
17 years old
Washington D.C./Olun, Nigeria
Second Place — If we whispered the name of a dead person, it winked like a friend. If we suppressed our fright and kept quiet...
The PumpkinLamar Mitchell
9th grade, Illinois
Third Place — It was a dark and stormy October night in the beautiful state of Wyoming and Farmer Tim was about to go to bed...
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Floor MeditationsDominique de Castro, 11th Grade, New York
First Place — Dust clouds hung in the air. Sun rays wove between each particle in an intricate lattice, covering the study...
Skeleton LoveJoseph Caluya, 12th Grade, Nevada
Second Place — The stares of the cruel eyes penetrated through me, transmitting a notion that my body was some sort of anathema...
16 SiroccosMary Lawrence Ware, 10th Grade, New York
Third Place — My mother says menopause is full of pain. Hot flashes, anger, despair, insomnia, a surge of untamable emotions...
The Question of Where We BeginKyle Minor
We begin with the trouble, but where does the trouble begin? My uncle takes a pistol and blows his brains out.Now we may proceed to the aftermath
On "My Aeschylus” by Jim ShepardJosh Weil
The best short stories are simultaneously the least understandable and most fully felt. They hits us with undeniable force, a concrete impact...
Zeildorf had been on guard duty since 2 p.m. and he’d been paired with Suarez. That was the first bad thing. Suarez was known for his weak bladder—compared...