Monday, October 22, 2012

Future 50 Contest Results

Alas, another Teen Read Week has come and gone, but fret not, 'tis time to declare the winner and runners-up of the Future 50 Writing Contest!

For this contest, I asked you to submit stories depicting your vision of the future in 50 words or less (including the title.) I got lots of incredible submissions, and though the competition was tough, the ones below really stood out:

Winner: Lynn Tran


You wake up in the morning and open the door for your dog. You stare at the cute android neighbor, who always awkwardly smiles every time he catches you staring at him. You are in the year 3000, where you can stare at hot androids. This is the life.

(Yes, I know these are both really 51 words. The authors intended them to be 50, and because of typos their word processing programs read them as such. So, I'm including the typos.)

Emily Tran


"Let's party!" Miranda yells, like she does everyday. She catches me staring and says "Lighten up!"

But I can't. She doesn't know that tonight. alongside everybody else, her memories of tonight will be erased, her brain preprogrammed to the same schedule as today's. A new day does not exist.

Kimberly Vreugdenhil

Zada spotted a clump of grass and sprinted towards it across the nuclear wasteland that she called home. She fought off the others who wanted to claim it for their families, but the blades were hers. The war had killed off all other living things-except her alien race, the Siviv.

Friday, October 19, 2012

All Hallows Read

Neil Gaiman, he of the shaggy hair, dark clothing, prolific authorial genius, and spectacular wife, has invented a new literary holiday. Why? Because he's Neil Gaiman, he does what he wants!

Celebrating All Hallows Read is simple: just give someone a scary book on October 31st. That's all. You can even recommend a library book. Check out the video below of Gaiman explaining the whole thing in a zombie-ridden graveyard that looks remarkably like the cemetery where I used to eat lunch in high school. And here are some recommendations of scary reads:

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Mackie is one of the children left behind to replace a stolen baby. But he is the only one who has ever survived into his teenaged years. And he's not quite human.

I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
John Wayne Cleaver has fought his whole life to keep his darkness under control. When brutally slain bodies begin turning up in the neighborhood, he feels he is uniquely suited to investigate the crime, only to find out that the killer is unlike anything he has encountered before.

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Helen has been haunting people for over 100 years, and for the first time even she has found someone who can see her. But will this teenage boy help her solve the mystery of her death?

Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Rory witnesses a murder by a Jack-the-Ripper copycat killer and becomes involved in a very unusual investigation.

Rot & Ruin  by Jonathon Maberry
In a post-apocalyptic world, there are zombies and there are people. Mostly zombies.



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