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National Teen Storyteller Contest: Horror Flash Fiction Winners

We are so pleased to announce the winners of the National Teen Storyteller Contest, presented in partnership with the student-led and foundedĀ Decameron Project!

1st Place: Clairvoyance

Tanisha Shende, 11th Grade

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1st Place: Clairvoyance

Tanisha Shende, 11th Grade

The ground is perpetually damp, the buildings creak, and the sun seems more like a hole forced into the sky than the real thing, but that is not why the town by the sea is ruined. The town has existed for centuries and will exist for centuries more. It cannot be felled by mugginess, or ancient architecture, or seasons without sun, but perhaps by something that is imagined. The town is not good for the imagination.

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2nd Place: The Thing in the Wall

Ife Olatona, 17 Years Old

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2nd Place: The Thing in the Wall

Ife Olatona, 17 Years Old

If we whispered the name of a dead person, it winked like a friend. If we suppressed our fright and kept quiet, it would leave quietly after several minutes. If it appeared in a wall and we yelled, we were doomed. The wall would shake, become hot and crack. The thing would disappear, leaving an unfixable eyelike mark. Moments after, bits of concrete and paint would begin to fall from the wall.

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Third Place: The Pumpkin

Lamar Mitchell, 9th Grade

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Third Place: The Pumpkin

Lamar Mitchell, 9th Grade

It was a dark and stormy October night in the beautiful state of Wyoming and Farmer Tim was about to go to bed, but he was too excited because tomorrow morning he was gonna do something special. Tomorrow, Tim and his entire family were gonna weigh his biggest pumpkin.

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