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Watch the 2016 Short Story Winning Readings (69 Total) from the Writing Festival

Watch the 2016 Winning Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

SHORT Story – SMALL TOWN NEWSPAPER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORSHORT Story – HILDA’S LAMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – A GIFT OF VALUE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Nancy Janes
ACTORSHORT Story – PROBLEMS WITH MY MASTERCARD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Kearns
ACTORSHORT Story – THE OLD MAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – EMMA’S GIFT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reynolds
ACTORSHORT Story – SEQUOIA SEEDS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Mattheus Carpenter
ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS REUNION
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Story – SUPERMARKET SAVAGERY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joan Grindley
ACTORSHORT Story – THE QUANDARY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Ann Barlow
ACTORSHORT Story – ASTRONAUTS SWEAR THE THE VIEW IS NEVER DULL
October 2016 Reading
Written by James Hartley
ACTORSHORT Story – IN THE CLEARING
October 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Bensinger
ACTORSHORT Story – TRUE NORTH
October 2016 Reading
Written by Hal Ackerman
ACTORSHORT Story – GOBLIN
October 2016 Reading
Written by J.F. Capps
ACTORSHORT Story – DEAD END JOB
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alice Lacey
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent
ACTORSHORT Story – A TOXIC GAME
October 2016 Reading
Written by Marianne Hagadorn
ACTORSHORT Story – TOUCHING MY SPINE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Monique Amado
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent
ACTORSHORT Story – WATERMELON EATING CONTEST
October 2016 Reading
Written by Teri B. Clark
ACTORSHORT Story – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden
ACTORSHORT Story – THE GRAVE DIGGERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – DOUBLE FACE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Amira El Dahshoury
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent
ACTORSHORT Story – 1ST WORLD PROBLEMS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Mathieu Riva
ACTORSHORT Story – GOD’S CREATURES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – SUMMER HILLS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rochelle Potkar
ACTORSHORT Story – DUALITY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos
ACTORSHORT Story – THE STAGE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rae Niehaus
ACTORSHORT Story – ALL LIVES MATTER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Ruth Andrews Garnes
ACTORSHORT Story – A DANGEROUS OCCUPATION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Randall Krzak
ACTORSHORT Story – ONE MORE LAST CALL
August 2016 Reading
Written by Forrest Simcoe
ACTORSHORT Story – CELIA S NIGHT OUT
August 2016 Reading
Written by Agata Zema
ACTORSHORT Story – ALONG MY JOURNEY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Renee Michelle Christian
ACTORSHORT Story – DAY OF WHY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan
ACTORSHORT Story – THOUGHT OF A SOLDIER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Cornelia Fick
ACTORSHORT Story – COLORED TIES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Oz Greek
ACTORSHORT Story – STANDING OVATION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – THE STORM
August 2016 Reading
Written by Buffy Sammons
ACTORSHORT STORY – THE NIGHTMARE AT GOLDEN ACRES
July 2016 Reading
Written by Cindy Crawford Garrett
ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze
ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell
ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell
ACTORSHORT STORY – THE OCEAN AND THE SKY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Rose Mendonca
ACTORSHORT STORY – DESPITE DEMENTIA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Bennett Cox
ACTORSHORT STORY – GALICIA’S GRANITE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janice Tindle
ACTORSHORT STORY – LEILA, AGE 17
July 2016 Reading
Written by Sherry Chow
ACTORSHORT STORY – STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPIST ONE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes
ACTORSHORT STORY – TEARS OF JOY
July 2016 Reading
Written by I.E. Hughes
ACTORSHORT STORY – DNA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Yvonne Randle
ACTORSHORT STORY – HEAVY SEXTING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Amy Arrow
ACTORSHORT STORY – NIGHT SWIMMING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Joanell Serra
ACTORShort Story Reading – I THOUGHT THE CAR WAS YELLOW
June 2016 Reading
Written by Eduardo G. Diaz
ACTORShort Story Reading – INSIDE OUT
June 2016 Reading
Written by Phaedra Greenwood
ACTORShort Story Reading – DESTINY OF JOY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Eastham
ACTORShort Story Reading – ANY PRICE FOR HAPPINESS
June 2016 Reading
Written by Robert B. Nelson
ACTORShort Story Reading – CULT FAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Lee Ronhovde
ACTORShort Story Reading –
June 2016 Reading
Written by
ACTORShort Story Reading – AFTERNOON CABARET
May 2016 Reading
Written by Grey Hall
ACTORShort Story Reading – THE END
May 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORShort Story Reading – MR “NAUGHTY” BECOMES MR “NICE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald
ACTORShort Story Reading – THROWING KIDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Erik Linthorst
ACTORShort Story Reading – COUNT WILLIAM
April 2016 Reading
Written by Tegon Maus
ACTORShort Story Reading – THE SISTER’S STORY
April 2016 Reading
Written by D.L. Gardner
ACTORShort Story Reading – RANDY & PATRICIA JOIN A MILITIA
April 2016 Reading
Written by Randy Gillis
ACTORShort Story Reading – SURVIVE THE RUN
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fernanda Beziaco Wilt

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A great way to get your words out there, obtain the Agent you’re looking for or just get your story seen by more people. If you win, your story will be seen by 100,000s of people when it’s read online using a top professional actor. It’s a rush you’ll never experience in your life seeing it come to life that way.


DEFINITION OF A SHORT STORYA short story is a work of fiction that is usually written in prose, often in narrative format. A short story usually deals with a few characters.

Watch the November 2016 Winning Short Stories:

ACTORSHORT Story – SUPERMARKET SAVAGERY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joan Grindley
ACTORSHORT Story – THE QUANDARY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Ann Barlow
ACTORSHORT Story – EMMA’S GIFT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reynolds
ACTORSHORT Story – SEQUOIA SEEDS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Mattheus Carpenter
ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS REUNION
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Story – A GIFT OF VALUE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Nancy Janes
ACTORSHORT Story – PROBLEMS WITH MY MASTERCARD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Kearns
ACTORSHORT Story – THE OLD MAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – SMALL TOWN NEWSPAPER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORSHORT Story – HILDA’S LAMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish

Teri B Clark – October 2016 Short Story Winner

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

Watermelon Eating Contest  by Teri B Clark

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your short story about?

The Watermelon Eating Contest takes a humorous look at small town culture and competition.

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Realistic Fiction, Humor, Short Story

How would you describe this story in two words?

Watermelon bluff

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gone With the Wind

How long have you been working on this story?

I wrote it in an afternoon

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No, I simply love to read. My most recent favorite was The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

What motivated you to write this story?

I was given a writing prompt – “Eating Watermelon.” I immediately thought of July 4th and my small town’s celebration with contests for seed spitting and hotdog eating.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would love to have dinner with Taylor Swift. I love her clean and fresh style and really love how she gives back to her community and fans.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my family, my relationship with God, and helping others.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I have been writing non-fiction stories for years and have been thinking about branching out. This is my first attempt at publishing something fiction.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t let the little voice in your head that says it isn’t good enough stop you from writing!

Monique Amato – October 2016 Short Story Winner

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

TOUCHING MY SPINE  by Monique Amado

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your short story about?

The story is written from the point of view of a novel which is spotted across a café by a young woman. It happens to be her favorite book.

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Fiction. Fan fiction.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Reality suspension.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

How long have you been working on this story?

I worked on it specifically for this contest. It took about 2 hours.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin

What motivated you to write this story?

A combination of my love of books, The Lord of the Rings stories, and cafés.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Bono

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Faith, possibility, books, music, film, acting, the arts in general.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I like the spontaneity of writing short fiction and flash fiction. I don’t plan what I’m going to write, I just start typing or scribbling.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write every day. Never give up. Always expect something amazing to happen, even if it has to happen on the page first.

Steve Bensinger – October 2016 Short Story Winner

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

In the Clearing  by Steve Bensinger

What is your short story about?

A confrontation between someone who does not compromise and someone who does

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Realism

How would you describe this story in two words?

Compromise

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

You’ve Got Mail

How long have you been working on this story?

About a month

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction

What motivated you to write this story?

Dynamic between the outsider and the insider

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

The editor-writer Robert Gottlieb

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Politics

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

To be honest, it was inexpensive and there’s always a chance something good can come from it

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Work your butt off learn from your mistakes

James Hartley – October 2016 Short Story Winner

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

Astronauts Swear That The View Is Never Dull  by James Hartley

What is your short story about?

A simple confession from one person to another.

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Drama

How would you describe this story in two words?

Heartfelt confession

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Dark Knight or Dumbo

How long have you been working on this story?

Two months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

What motivated you to write this story?

People rarely write from a truly evil person’s perspective

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Christopher Nolan

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting. Directing.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

The opportunity for feedback, particularly in the performance

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Your characters are not your puppets.

Alice Lacey – October 2016 Short Story Winner

Performed by Val Cole

October 2016 Winning Short Story

Dead End Job  by Alice Lacey

What is your short story about?

For as long as he could remember, he’d driven a hearse. Freddie was fed up with the whole business…

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Dark comedy

How would you describe this story in two words?

Everyone’s fantasy

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

How long have you been working on this story?

3 years

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea came to me as I was in my car waiting for other cars to get in line for a funeral procession

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Rothko

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching, tennis, jazz; rock & roll; the Ramones; theater; poetry; my family; politics

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to have my protagonist, Freddie, brought to life, and also to have a way for Freddie’s story to be shared widely

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Be yourself when you write and write for yourself