Archive for March, 2014

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: Inside the Tower

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

by Keith Skinner
As we walked into the room, I first noticed the bed—broad, slightly concave, uncomfortable-looking—covered with a thin, antique quilt. But it was the west-facing windows, unusually close to the floor, that caught my attention and brought back the words.
I chose the bed downstairs by the sea-window for a good death-bed
When [...]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: From the Ashes

Monday, March 17th, 2014

by James Michael Dorsey
The smoke of wood fires dulls the sunrise, silhouetting the spires of Angkor Wat as hazy apparitions.
The incomparable beauty of these temples, the soul of the Khmer nation, are a surreal backdrop for the tale of horror I have come to record.
I see Pan approaching, fingering his prayer beads, his saffron [...]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Fish Trader Ray

Monday, March 10th, 2014

by Lisa Alpine
“Sitten ze down!” The German’s livid face was as red as an equatorial sun setting through the pollution haze of a Third World metropolis.
Flora and I looked at each other. She winked and we wobbled the canoe back and forth with our newly acquired hip-shaking samba dance moves. Again. It [...]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: The Tea in Me

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

by Bill Giebler
Packing
It looks like a dance floor, a 30-foot-square section of smooth wood among the rough planks that make up most of the flooring, all surrounded by giant locomotive-like drying machines. I’ve been waiting at the cool, dark packing station just inside the front door of the tea factory, and alternately in the warm [...]

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