Archive for 2020 Contest Winners

New Decameron by Unhappy Geng

New Decameron by Unhappy Geng

During the blockade of Wuhan, a poor single mother tells her daughter one story per day. The storytelling continues for 10 days. Most of these stories are embellished. The process of storytelling show different views of daughter and mother. Day 1 Mother enters the room…

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Piece by Piece by Annie Fleisch

Piece by Piece by Annie Fleisch

INT. HAUNTED HOUSE – EVENING SUPER: OCTOBER 31st – 5:00 PM DREW, 20, slowly opens a heavy door to a large, spacious room. She’s wearing a backpack, and her eyes are bouncing around the walls observing the work being put into the haunted house. Volunteers…

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The Mind Whisperer by Arnav Gupta

The Mind Whisperer by Arnav Gupta

1 EXT. SCHOOL – DAY 1 LEVI [18], carrying a guitar, walks towards the car where his mother, CHARLOTTE, [late 30s] is waiting for him in her car. 2 INT. CAR – DAY 2 Levi gets in the car. Charlotte drives away. LEVI So, how’d…

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Tether Ball by Megan Overton

Tether Ball by Megan Overton

There she was Shoeless, tipsy, and still in her work clothes But she was laughing Laughing as the tethered yellow ball I smacked cut in front of her face The sun’s blinding rays making her miss it I wasn’t going to say, after the year…

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I Want to Land on a Planet With Forest by Siqi Lao

I Want to Land on a Planet With Forest by Siqi Lao

It’s twilight. Purple forest comes out from shadow. Adventure. No consequences. Time became fragments, and die here to access the abstract world. My ribs float out from backbones, spread behind the body. It’s the freedom of infinite drifting. Primitive and sensitive human’s heart, The greatness…

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Neighbors by Rory McBrady

Neighbors by Rory McBrady

I forget their paper names And the glass cuts on my ankles I remember hot asphalt With the stench of fresh cut lawns Looking at old photos is like Salt directly into a scraped knee– Salt from the lake I swam in– Right before I…

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From Memory’s Drawer by Sam Stoich

From Memory’s Drawer by Sam Stoich

As I flip through the poems of Constantine Cavafy I can’t help but notice how often and how longingly he looked to the past, both his own and to others that he was merely a spectator, or more appropriately a voyeur of. In his poem…

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Who We Are Not by Farwah Rizvi

Who We Are Not by Farwah Rizvi

I am strong, not weak. I am an open diary, not a closed book. I am determined, not submissive. I am real, not pretentious or fake. I am all these things, but when faced by a situation that is hell-bent on revealing a side of…

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The Reason of American Inequality in Income by Jiaming Liu

The Reason of American Inequality in Income by Jiaming Liu

Atlanta is a scenic city and one of the most unequal in America. In Atlanta’s economic pyramid, the top 5 percent of earners earn $306,307 per year. At the bottom of the pyramid, however, 20 percent of people earn about $17,000 per year, and 9.3…

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Love by Christian Chang

Love by Christian Chang

Love is a strange thing. When we love someone, all of the things that we might judge and criticize about them are swept away. It’s quite a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Like farting. Farting in the presence of another person is perhaps one of the…

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