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Ever since spelling out three syllable words with my blocks and creating grammatically correct sentences with my flashcards, I have been obsessed with writing and storytelling. Forsaking a future as a captain of industry or millionaire plastic surgeon, I became an English major and followed that with film school, concentrating my efforts on screenwriting. Upon graduation, I submitted a script to Paramount's Chesterfield Writers' Workshop and made it to the semi-finals. This was enough to truly light the fire under me. Alas, life caught up with me and small consumers of cash and food (also known as "children") entered the scene. Over the last few years, creative writing has been shelved in favor of marketing writing, business writing, and fundraising writing. Still enjoyable, still engaging, but also not manna for the soul like creative writing. So now, with a kick in the pants from a friend who just had her novel published, I'm back in the game. A little short fiction may be just the ticket to jolt the brain back into this mode. I've participated in peer-review writing contests and groups before and have very much enjoyed the vibe and sense of community. I'm looking forward to getting some feedback on my work and working with my fellow writers to do the same.

Story: Brickland


Lisa Rose

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I read a sign once that said, 'Do you want to talk to the man in charge or the woman that knows what's really going on?" Men always think that they are in charge, but really... women have gotten men in (trouble and out of it too) since Eve gave Adam the apple (but in all fairness she didn't shove it down his throat)! It's true, 'the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world'. We just let them think they thought of the idea first. I do wish that there had been more dialogue though, I really loved the line at the end. "I do not know what 'father' means. You can teach me." If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it. (baggyk is Kate Baggott by the way).


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I really enjoyed reading a fellow competitor's story that was not fantasy, science fiction or crime. This is a descriptive summary with several original moments that bring to mind both Antigone and Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. I would appreciate a reciprocal review.

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America's Next Author is the first social writing contest. Friends, family, fans and publishing industry experts will read authors' submissions and nominate their favorite to be America's next major author. Everyone can participate!