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Toffee-Coated Dreams

Anusha Nachiappan

© Copyright 2014 by Anusha Nachiappan



Photo of toffee being poured into a pot.

...I have always loved the rustle of chocolate wrappers. A myriad of colour, twists, slowly, revealing every facet of the gleaming silver wrapper, as it catches and dances in the sunlight. The little chocolate tumbles out, in all of its simple complexity, with its flawless curved surface. The aroma explodes into its surroundings, in a woven tapestry of the fantastical flavours that teleport every adult from their dark, barren workplace to paradisiacal green fields and sandy beaches, where the cool breeze once whipped through their hair as they flew down a hill in their youth....


An Ending and a Beginning

Ellie S. Thomas

Copyright © 2014 by Ellie S. Thomas

Photo of a woman alone on a bench.

A loved one was gone--been gone the past six weeks, two months, it makes no difference because six months later, we would inform people 'he's been gone six months ago today' but not really believing that. It's been a total disruption of our lives but its still us, to me. Good people and well-wishers tell us that 'its gonna fade and you will heal'. All true but they leave out the most vital issues of what it's like to lose your mate, your parent, your sibling....


Then, Too...

The Sequel to
An Endling and a Beginning

Ellie S. Thomas

Copyright © 2014 by Ellie S. Thomas

Photo of a woman alone on a bench.

After weeks, months, of harsh mourning and grieving I began to think that just maybe I was going to survive, that things were going to go all right, perhap I could cope but then, I really am naive. After the first month's grace period, I was introduced to reality with the news that I'd lost $1,000 a month with pension and social security re-apportionment. That was a blow but I thought I could handle it because I had no desire to go anywhere anyway, had plenty of clothing, and my needs were very small but I congratulated myself too soon because that wasn't the last of the bad news. Within a month, I received notice that I must find another group health insurance plan by the end of the year!...

Blue-eyed Soul

Richard Bishop   

© Copyright 2014 by Richard Bishop 


Photo of Michael Bolton's Soul Provider album cover.

Wikipedia has identified this music as primarily Afro-American “rhythm and blues” but performed by white performers. The music itself was in the genre of Motown and Stax record labels. It was performed heavily in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The British used the name more than we did in the Americas but now, apparently, it has become a generic classification of music, i.e., it has generated a List Of Blue-eyed Soul performers in Wikipedia. ...



2014 contest winning stories

General Nonfiction


Grandpa's Time Machine

Nancy Loera

© Copyright 2014 by Nancy Loera

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The Dog Who Would Rather Work Than Play

 Dick Miller   

© Copyright 2014 by Dick Miller 

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October 1, 2014. We were sad to learn of the recent death of Dick Miller. May his stories live on.    

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Honorable Mention
We Do Not Choose
Mental Illness and
We Do Not Choose Addiction

Sara Berelsman

© Copyright 2014 by  Sara Berelsman         
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Sara Berelsman

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A Salute From The Black Aces

William Wayne Weems

© 2014 by William Wayne Weems
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Travel Stories


Jungle Cruise From Hell

A Funny Story About A Father’s Love

Frank Mann

© Copyright 2014 by Frank Mann

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On the Trail of the Tyrant

Evan L. Balkan

© Copyright 2013 by Evan L. Balkan

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Statue of Lope de Aguirre.

Honorable Mention

Finding Home

Celeste Leon 


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Planes, Trains, Automobiles - And Chaos

Birgit Starmanns

© Copyright 2014 by Birgit Starmanns

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Selling Cabo San Lucas

Onie Grosshans

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To See The Queen

June Calender

© Copyright 2014 by June Calender

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Biographical Nonfiction


The Girl on the Cover of Seventeen

Carl Winderl

© Copyright 2014 by Carl Winderl

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Photo of the cover of the March, 1967, issue of Seventeen magazine.


Danger Man


Kay Harper 


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Photo of a martini against Manhatten skyline.

Honorable Mention

Ebony and Ivory

Oh My Papa

Isabel Bearman Bucher 


© Copyright 2014 by Isabel Bearman Bucher 

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Photo of Isabel's Papa.

George Fisk Miller ~ April 17, 1902

Code 309.81

Melissa Cronin

© Copyright 2014 by Melissa Cronin
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Painting of a road sign showing car going off cliff.


Isabel Bearman Bucher 


© Copyright 2014 by Isabel Bearman Bucher 

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Elmer's Tune  

A Homage To My Father 

Richard Franklin Bishop


© Copyright 2014 by Richard Franklin  Bishop      

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The Human Ladder

Robert D. Booth

© Copyright 2014 by Robert D. Booth

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