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May 17, 2014 10am - 6pm
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Short Story Entries

The 2014 Finalists

Below are the 11 finalists for this year's short story contest for high school students. This year, we had more than 150 entries from 11 jurisdictions in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Winners will be announced at the GBF on May 17. In the meantime, now is your chance to get involved in selecting a "Fan Favorite" story. Read the 11 stories and give those stories you like the best a "thumbs up."

NOTE: Please don't "game the system" and create a program to automatically vote for your favorite story. The Gaithersburg Book Festival reserves the right to discontinue the Fan Favorite portion of the contest If we see any suspicious activity of this sort.

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By: Morgan Smalley

I’ve seen some odd things delivering food for Ned’s Pizza, but nothing beat the lady that ordered a half-mushroom, half fish-eyeball pie, then hit me with this request at the door: “Say it.” “Not for a million bucks, lady.”  We’d been at this a while; her chilling in the insulated lounge around back of the […]

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By: Carmen Pickard

“The main thing to know, if pirates commandeer the cruise ship you’re on during family vacation is that they do a lot less dancing and singing than in movies.”  The little boy was sitting at the end of his hospital bed constructing a paper sword. “That makes so much more sense.” I said. I had […]

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Work of Art

By: Erik Park

I’ve seen some odd things delivering food for Ned’s Pizza, but nothing beat the lady that ordered a half-mushroom, half fish-eyeball pie, then hit me with this request at the door… “Ex… excuse me?” I said, blinking a little as I stood in the doorway, hands still up from holding the recently liberated pizza. “I […]

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By: Alex Twery

The trouble began since my cell number is only one digit off from Madam O’ Wiggy’s, the psychic, which is how I began answering questions about the future in the first place. People would call me over and over and confess their outrageous stories to me, and then expect for me to predict how their […]

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Pirate Cruise

By: Katie Holcomb

The main thing to know, if pirates commandeer the cruise ship you’re on during family vacation, is that they do much less dancing and singing than in the movies. Another useful piece of knowledge to keep in mind when dealing with pirates: run. I sprint down the endless hallway, wheezing and sputtering as I go. […]

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A Pirate’s Life for Me

By: Rachael Ward

The main thing to know, if pirates commandeer the cruise ship you’re on during family vacation, is that they do much less dancing and singing than in the movies…Who knew, right? The pirates had taken over around a week ago maybe? I wasn’t sure; honestly I wasn’t sure about much anymore. The pirates were a […]

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The Pirate’s Struggle

By: Nazrin Garibova

The main thing to know, if pirates commandeer the cruise ship you’re on during family vacation, is that they do much less dancing and singing than in movies. Well, our clan of pirates at least. It’s not that we don’t want to; we all crave a magnificent performance more than anything else. My partner buccaneers […]

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By: Allan Phillips

The trouble began since my cell number is one digit off from Madam O’Wiggy’s, the psychic, which is how I came to be answering questions about the future to begin with. At first, it felt great to realize my true potential as an adept psychic. If I had a different number, I would’ve been forever […]

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A Feline Frenzy

By: Maggie Zeile

I’ve seen some odd things delivering food for Ned’s Pizza, but nothing beat the lady that ordered a half-mushroom, half fish-eyeball pie, then hit me with this request at the door:       “Oh dear, you look all young and spritely, would it be an awful inconvenience if you gave me a hand in the back?” […]

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The Unusual Request

By: Katherine Brown

I’ve seen some odd things delivering food for Ned’s Pizza, but nothing beat the lady that ordered a half-mushroom, half fish-eyeball pie, and then hit me with this request at the door. It wasn’t even Mad Meatball Monday—pasta was half-priced on Mondays for seniors and nothing stirred the old folks up quite like Ned’s meatballs—which […]

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Old Man Monster

By: Elena Meyer

I’ve seen some odd things delivering food for Ned’s Pizza, but nothing beat the lady that ordered a half-mushroom, half fish-eyeball pie, then hit me with this request at the door… “Excuse me, dearie,” the squat little lady said to me, “but could you do me a little favor, and help me take this to […]

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More About This Year's Contest:

Students penned short stories of 1,000 words or fewer that started with one of the following three lines, provided by Jon Methven, author of "This Is Your Captain Speaking":

  • I’ve seen some odd things delivering food for Ned’s Pizza, but nothing beat the lady that ordered a half-mushroom, half fish-eyeball pie, then hit me with this request at the door…
  • The trouble began since my cell number is one digit off from Madam O’Wiggy’s, the psychic, which is how I came to be answering questions about the future to begin with…
  • The main thing to know, if pirates commandeer the cruise ship you’re on during family vacation, is that they do much less dancing and singing than in movies…

If you're interested in receiving a notice about the 2015 contest, which will launch in fall 2014, please email writingcontest@gaithersburgbookfestival.org

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