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‘Only A little’ By Ares Luna, , Isabella/Richard is in a mental hospital but doesn't understand why. A psychological thriller. "Only a lier shouldn't own it!" They said suddenly snapping back to Richard.April 12, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘A time in Hollywood’ By Mayamba Maliki, , Elena and Alexander by serendipity in their love life of barely 3 weeks have decided to take things to deeper levels at a party, but they abruptly stop in suspense.April 10, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘She had Roaches’ By Kisha Emanuel-Durrell, , The story is about my fear of roaches and how it started as a child and fear of bugs followed me through adulthood.April 9, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-humor-entertainment short-story
‘The Patient’ By Richard Pulfer, , During a zombie apocalypse, rumor and misinformation proves just as dangerous as the hordes of the dead, with the fate of a bitten teenager hanging in the balance.April 6, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘Spooks’ By Richard Pulfer, , US soldiers in Afghanistan get more than they bargained for when they play host to a CIA team being pursued by enemies from beyond the grave.April 6, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘ALGIE AND PEBBLE’ By Emma Pelling, , Algie is a young tortoise who is caught up in a landslide. He finds himself hurtling towards the ocean and is miraculously rescued by another creature. But who, what, why saved him? Do they become friends or enemies? A heartwarming story about two unlikely creatures who are thrown together by chance.April 3, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-childrens-fiction short-story
‘Ash Wednesday’ By Síle Moore, , Ash Wednesday is about growing up in South Boston (Southie) amidst gentrification, generational curses, and coming to terms with those we love.March 28, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘Spidergeddon and the Bug Night’ By n/a, , True story of a bug-and-spider filled night on a Greek island, an amusing take on the trials of arachnophobia and the bemusement of a non-phobic friend.March 28, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-humor-entertainment short-story
‘Chronicles of a Nation’ By Heaven, , In the "Chronicles of a Nation," Pa Ogini stands as a weathered sentinel, gazing across the expanse of his life, feeling the weight of years settle upon him like a heavy cloak. His balcony overlooks a landscape steeped in memories, where the grass whispers tales of bygone days. As twilight paints the sky in hues of amber and gold, Pa Ogini reflects on the passage of time and the elusive nature of wisdom. Despite his age and experience, he finds himself grappling with the realization that true understanding remains just beyond his grasp. The wrinkles etched upon his face bear witness to a lifetime of choices, yet he still feels adrift in a sea of uncertainty. Beside him, his youngest children play, their laughter a melody that pierces through the silence of his contemplation. They represent a new beginning, a chance for him to leave a lasting legacy, yet he is haunted by the fear of passing on his own shortcomings. In the twilight of his years, Pa Ogini is torn between the innocence of youth and the harsh truths of adulthood. He wonders if ignorance truly is bliss, if the burden of knowledge outweighs the comfort of oblivion. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting long shadows across the land, Pa Ogini is left to ponder the mysteries of life and the elusive pursuit of wisdom in the "Chronicles of a Nation."March 22, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-history short-story
‘Remembering Us’ By Chelle Phakwin, , College is a time to explore and make impacting relationships but what happens after college? Relationships break, friendships dwindle, and distance can become a brick in the wall laid out by both sides to make sure dreams happen. Ian wants to be strong than Jasper, his first love, and somehow; he's the first one to remember their time the most. Ten years pass, was time kind enough to give them a second chance or will they become ships that pass through the night?March 20, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-lgbtq short-story
‘Beautiful Country’ By Christophe Willermoz, , Both the visible and the invisible worlds exist side by side. How fulfilling is it to be able to relish both worlds.March 20, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Wild Wanderings’ By Amy Marie Ayres, , Madis Audrey is a seven year old physics prodigy. Her famous parents were responsible for the successful colonization of a binary star after Earth became a social dystopia. Madis happily gets her hands on an "ancient" invention that defies the laws of time a nature but its use has dire consequences for her teacher and fellow students.March 20, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-dystopian short-story
‘GOLDEN’ By Temitope Omamegbe, , A father's excitement about the prophecy that his firstborn would bring honor to the family turns into dismay when the child doesn't meet his expectations. He rejects the newborn, leading to a series of unfortunate events. The child faces mistreatment, loss of his mother loses his mother, and eventually discovers a prophecy about saving the land at a great cost. Rejected by his father and ostracized in the village, Atanda finds solace when he falls in love with, but their forbidden love faces challenges. Eventually, he is chosen to fulfill a prophecy to save the land, and Iyabo ends up with his child who in turn is prophesied to bring justice and reveal hidden secrets. GOLDDEN explores themes of destiny, rejection, and the potential for a brighter future despite hardships. Atanda's journey is one of resilience and acceptance, and the narrative hints at the cyclical nature of fate and destiny.March 10, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘FROM MEMORY’ By Temitope Omamegbe, , In a gripping tale of mystery and supernatural intrigue, the story unfolds with a young woman experiencing a sinister act. The setting is a meticulously locked house, ensuring that no one escapes. The assailant revels in her dark actions with excitement growing with each second. The protagonist, Lanre, and his partner Beko, respond to a distress call and a seemingly straightforward murder investigation becomes increasingly complex as they uncover a series of gruesome deaths seemingly linked to a couple, Debo and Sewa Alison, who have defied the passage of time and appear unchanged over the years. As the investigators delve deeper into the case, the true nature of their case becomes more evident revealing the supernatural nature entities from another realm engaged in a rituals. The investigators, joined by a mysterious expert, are tasked with unraveling the dark secrets behind the ritual and stopping the malevolent beings. Unexpected twists abound surrounding Iluyomade who has no memory of his past. As the investigators grapple with many revelations, they embark on a perilous journey to uncover the truth. From Memory blends elements of horror, suspense, and supernatural intrigue. As the investigators confront the unimaginable, they must navigate a world where myths come to life and the boundaries between the human and supernatural realms blur.March 10, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story
‘THE BRASS LION’S BRIDE’ By Temitope Omamegbe, , A town on the cusp of transformation, finds itself marred by conflict orchestrated by elite outsiders. At the center of the turmoil is Obikwe, known as the Brass Lion, who unwittingly becomes the leader of a militia defending his town against ruthless investors and engaging in conflict that escalates, claiming lives and poisoning the land. Fueled by personal tragedy and a desire for justice, Obikwe's three-year war reaches a boiling point, and a surprising demand, the woman he loves, who is already wed and a mother of four. Clara, caught in the crossfire of family and duty, becomes the linchpin for peace. The Brass Lion's Bride is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and the power of reconciliation. The once-chaotic town discovers hope and healing through the unexpected union of two souls, transforming its narrative from one of conflict to a story of redemption and resilience.March 10, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-families-relationships short-story
‘Good Morning, Morning! Hello…’ By Grammie Jas, , Jas was inspired by the birth of her first grandbaby baby in 2018 and of course the wonderful writings of "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown! Since then she just can't stop writing, fun, sunny sunshine stories! Good Morning, Morning! Hello... in her “Sunshine Series”, the first book writer Jas “Grammie Jas” Whitney will be about Sunshine, we are drawn in by basic morning activities like getting dressed, brushing one’s teeth and eating breakfast. As the story develops it becomes clear, this story secretly teaches life-lessons with engaging firstperson accounts of likes, dislikes and how to go through each day with a positive attitude. Despite a cloudy, rainy day the main character, who loves the sunshine, grabs her rain boots and umbrella and plays in the rain, all the while waiting for the sun to shine through. In rhythmic style, the writer demonstrates to children and adults alike, you can have fun no matter the circumstances—even when it seems to be a dark, dreary day and you never know, the sun just may shine through! Whitney’s second book (in progress) is about farm animals (entitled Pop Pop's Farm), then the series will continue with Good Morning, Morning! Hello…Tacos, Weather, Feelings and much more! She feels the number of books in her series can reach as high as the sky! Colorful and delightful illustrations further enhance the experience and imagination of the reader!March 9, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-childrens-fiction short-story
‘The Adventures of Loli and Sky: Finding Harry’ By Lara Rosales, , Loli and Sky are two dogs, brother and sister, looking for their friend Harry, the cat.March 7, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-childrens-fiction short-story
‘Living Well with Cancer’ By thegurns, , After beating cancer (three times), life-threatening brain surgery (twice), and morbid obesity (just once but it was a heckuva battle), I feel better and healthier at 71 years young than at any time since I stopped playing hockey at 28! To find out how, please turn the page...March 4, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-health-wellness short-story
‘Being Six – Bolu Olopete’ By Beatrice Oluwaseun, , "Bolu's Adventures: Being Six" is a heartwarming tale set in late '90s Nigeria, following the adventures of Boluwatife Olopete, a spirited six-year-old boy. From playful interactions with his sisters to imaginative musings about the moon, Bolu navigates childhood with curiosity and resilience. His encounters with friends, family, and the world around him paint a vivid picture of innocence, wonder, and the timeless joys of growing up. Despite facing challenges like bullying, Bolu's unwavering spirit and dreams of the future shine through, making for a charming and relatable story of childhood in a Nigerian neighbourhood.March 4, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-biography short-story
‘Being Six – Bolu Olopete’ By Beatrice Oluwaseun, , "Bolu's Adventures: Being Six" is a heartwarming tale set in late '90s Nigeria, following the adventures of Boluwatife Olopete, a spirited six-year-old boy. From playful interactions with his sisters to imaginative musings about the moon, Bolu navigates childhood with curiosity and resilience. His encounters with friends, family, and the world around him paint a vivid picture of innocence, wonder, and the timeless joys of growing up. Despite facing challenges like bullying, Bolu's unwavering spirit and dreams of the future shine through, making for a charming and relatable story of childhood in a Nigerian neighbourhood.March 4, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-biography short-story
‘The Antelope’ By Beatrice Oluwaseun, , "The Antelope" is a gripping tale set in the village of Ipetu, where Oguntade returns from the future to stop the onset of his mentee, Laolu, from becoming a dangerous serial killer known as "the antelope." Oguntade, burdened by guilt for neglecting the signs of Laolu's descent into darkness, seeks redemption by intervening to stop his former pupil. With the help of Adio, a teacher in the village, Oguntade orchestrates a plan to send Laolu to seek psychological help from missionaries. As he prepares to leave Ipetu forever, having made a deal with the mystical entity Olokun to correct his mistake.March 4, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘Brazil’ By E Eugene Jones Baldwin, , A middle-aged man obsessed with moths, describes his mother as a giant hawk moth. He recalls his childhood when Mother would sneak into his room at night and, using her probing moth tongue, went through his clothes, books, etc, looking for inappropriate material. Just as he is moving Mother to a trailer park, she accidentally blows up her house.March 2, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-families-relationships short-story
‘Veilwalker’s Labyrinth, or just Veilwalker’ By Sherry Leclerc, , NOTE: Names are tentative "Veilwalker's Labyrinth" is a captivating urban fantasy short story that delves into the uncharted realms of magic, mystery, and the thin veil that separates our reality from the fantastical. When Livia Vale, diagnosed with a supposed mental illness, discovers her unique ability to traverse between the human world and the enchanting realm of Eldrysta, she is thrust into a struggle for her identity, power, and the balance of two interconnected worlds. Guided by the mysterious Dr. Theron Obsidian, Livia must navigate the complexities of her newfound powers while uncovering a sinister plot orchestrated by the Obsidian Enclave, a cult-like organization seeking to merge Eldrysta with Earth. As Livia unravels the mysteries of her existence, she must confront her own fears, make sacrifices, and ultimately stand against the forces that threaten to shatter the boundaries between reality and fantasy. "Veilwalker's Labyrinth" is a tale of self-discovery, resilience, and the enduring strength found in embracing one's uniqueness. With a blend of dark intrigue, compelling characters, and a fantasy world that sparkles with enchantment, this short story promises readers a journey that transcends the ordinary.February 29, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Kids Day’ By anyjah jackson, , A Mysterious Fantasizing story about a group of elementary school pre teens having to embark together in leader ship positions in order to save and help the younger, their school and other schools. embarking a A HUGE faith journey for the very first time alone.February 28, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-religion-spirituality short-story
‘Here’s the Plan – First I’ll Kill Him, Then I’ll Kill Myself’ By Dave Lutes, , It was my first day on the job as a newly ordained minister. A father and son living together were at a crisis crossroads. The father was a long-term alcoholic and the son had called his sister to say he had reached the end of his rope and was going to kill his father, and himself, if the father wasn't admitted to rehab clinic by the end of the day. Social services needed to become involved - and the police, and other hospital authorities - bureaucracy hell! The son had a loaded gun. I had less than a day to try to solve the problem. Oh, and did I tell you...? This was my first day on the job.February 22, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘Twin Horizons’ By Athos D. Lasso, , Hans is an arch psychic who has decided to witness and register strange events that are suddenly happening all across his universe. Something has started a chain reaction of reality altering events, and Hans is the only one who can do something to diminish their impact.February 16, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Missing Light’ By Ishma Ockerman, , October, 2017. The year that would soon change Calinskyn’s whole life. Getting called in on a new case, four girls had gone missing just two days earlier. The only thing the girls had in common was they lived in the same town. Wavemeet, Ohio. While working the case, Calinskyn and Sheriff Padalecki found out the case they were currently investigating had been connected to a case that went unsolved 3 years earlier. With only 12 hours to find the girls, Calinskyn and the Sheriff keep running into more dead ends. As they get closer to finishing the case, a new twist turns them back around to question whether they caught the right or wrong guy. Had there been a partner involved during the whole crime? Where might the case lead the officers? Will they find the girls before the time runs out or will they be too late?January 29, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story
‘Path to oblivion’ By Antonio Madrugada, , In "Path to Oblivion," Luna Park shares a chilling diary entry from a post-apocalyptic world in the year 3000. The narrative delves into the consequences of human actions, including nuclear warfare and the devastating effects of radiation. The protagonist reflects on the downfall of capitalism and the cyclical nature of history, highlighting the tyranny that arises when power goes unchecked. The story emphasizes the importance of understanding and respecting the ever-changing nature of the world, shedding light on environmental concerns and the impact of human greed. Luna's perspective serves as a cautionary tale about the destructive path humanity may be unwittingly following.January 23, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘In a second’ By Riley Baker, , Love needs to be developed over time, but what happens when you realize it can be taken away in just a second?January 21, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘Whippoorwill’ By Lauren Rosson, , A young school professor travels alone to a secluded area of woods in order to locate a rare omen bird to add to his gallery collection but ignores the dangers in finding it.January 19, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘The Night Caller’ By Kris Martin, , Wendy never expected her night caller to be THIS person! I wrote this as a solve-it-yourself mystery and turned it in to a magazine in the hopes of publishing it. I hope your readers will enjoy it.January 13, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story
‘Mistaken Identity’ By Kris Martin, , Can the detective find the real thief? I wrote this as a solve-it-yourself mystery in the hopes of being published by a magazine. I hope that your readers will enjoy it.January 13, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story
‘Mystery Caller’ By Kris Martin, , The person at the other end is not who she seems. I wrote this as a solve-it-yourself mystery in the hopes of being published by a magazine. I hope your readers will enjoy it.January 13, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story
‘Hangman’s Noose’ By Kris Martin, , This story has an unexpected twist! Stay tuned! I wrote this as a solve-it-yourself mystery for a magazine originally. I hope that your readers will have fun with this one!January 13, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘My Poems’ By Kris Martin, , This poem is entitled Snow. I hope your readers will enjoy it.January 13, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘My Poems’ By Kris Martin, , This is a collection of poems I've written. They're short and sweet. This one is called Happy. Enjoy!January 13, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘The Remarkable Tiger ‘ By Triston, , My Story about a teenage boy who gets super powers from an unknown serum. The young boy gets turned into a teenage tiger boy who faces difficulties and villains during his time as a mutant tiger.January 9, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘A written account of Cleon the Grat: Mighty when least expected’ By Eric Weston, , A written account of Cleon The Great: Mighty When Least Expected Written by: Eric Michael Weston Narration: In this time and place, there is firm faith for everyone; every man and woman exercising their faith-based walk in life's pathways and obstacles. Everyone desires and prays for a champion, a hero, a powerful deliverer from pandemonium infesting this world. Powerful ones are bred, not from birth, not from privilege, but from rough experience, from the tides of all things crooked attempting them from every side. A week, even meeting a person, a random man, or woman not aware of the champion within, can do a wide measure of deeds about heroism. Story: A young man by the name of Cleon is a person who isn't well-versed in anything revolving around power and deities; Cleon is an ordinary and silent man with a calling to assist those in his path. The world is coming to a rapid final, and times are tough for all humanity. His story comes to life in the 21st century; Cleon is attending his own business, and whatever his hands can do, he does it. Cleon's beginning and monumental life start best on the coast of the eastern part of the United States. Violence, natural disasters, and pestilence are frequent. Cleon is sitting in his home near the coast, observing the waves; it dawns upon his being to turn on the TV; as he does, he hears pastors on the news urging all to adhere to spiritual writings, Bibles, and commentaries; Cleon is therefore astounded by the preaching of such things. He then recalls his elderly relatives attending church and memorizing scriptures for beneficial purposes. Evil is watching Cleon; the man evil dreads will take on prime evil to the tee without hesitation. Evil stirs up a violent storm, developing a dreadful and tormenting hurricane. The hurricane is embedded with spirits, violent and tormenting spirits dating back to the earliest ages of Earth's history. Cleon, as he peruses the sacred texts, sees deep wisdom and defense against particular instances. Cleon takes the time to learn the texts according to the circumstances; Cleon comes to know and trust that all things are possible and done to them that possess courage and offense. The multitude of spirits unify in the hurricane, forming horrid faces, and cries unknown to man's ears. In time, the evils that we are now within Cleon's awareness. Cleon, now boosted with all virtue to illustrate it all into effect, solemnly approaches the hurricane from the coast. "Cleon, O, Cleon, young and mighty Cleon, wit and might are your hands and will, indeed it is you who shall wipe out havoc, it is unto you, O, Cleon to gird up and take it to the opposition to usher it's defeat." The hurricane. Is as if it knows its own. Now, a morbid face forms in the hurricane, uttering in a horrible tone Cleon's name; the great young man named Cleon raises his head, hands to the sky, he says, " I know Thou didst assign me with power to throw away the tempest." The One who chooses men and women to become renown is beckoned; the face-off is the climax of this passage. Light, endowment, and might now uphold Cleon, but he's unaware of it. The unclean spirits, even more in the horror of chosen Cleon; Cleon peer fiercely at the approaching hurricane and say, "Thou wave, lo, thou art but a matter for the time being, by ane in the name of The Command, die tempest! And come forth never again !" This, Cleon preserved a minute of lives from death when the hurricane obeyed and dissolved backwards. After this act from Cleon, the young and mighty man did more for those in his way than he'd ever believed. Witnesses on earth and heaven bear record of Cleon. On earth, his name is etched in stone, in the heavens, his name goes arranged in stars by The One. Glory and might always be attributes towards The Divine, by this will all come to the knowledge that it is He who always and perfects His ways in minimal man; renown are they who are the least expected, mighty when least expected.January 8, 2024Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Good Morning Morning, Hello… SUNSHINE!’ By Snazzy Jazzy Jas, , I've been writing as long as I can remember. Whether it was journaling, speeches, greeting cards, poems, songs or short stories. I was inspired by the Birth of my first grandbaby baby in 2020 and I just can't stop writing, fun, sunny sunshine stories! All my short story books, (I have two completed so far) will start with this title, and will be part of my "Sunshine Series". My 1st book is about Sunshine. 2nd book is about Farm Animals, Then Tacos, Weather, Emotions etc. I have several subjects started and the number of books in my series is unlimited! You'll have read the 1st page to see who or what I'm saying "Hello..." to! Thank you for sharing my Joy, with all ages!December 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-humor-entertainment short-story
‘Crime and Punishment’ By D.L. Jennings, , In an AI-driven future, suffering is a thing of the past: machines have determined that only a finite amount of suffering exists, and criminals serve out their sentences for the good of mankind. But what is the true extent of pain one can undergo for the good of one’s species? And what if all it took was one man?December 21, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Love’ By Catherine Gill, , My idea of what love should be; what it should FEEL like.December 18, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘A glimmer of hope among everlasting chaos’ By Kyler Gray, , Go into the mind of a detective as he scans the evidence of a murder investigation of a brutal crime scene, determined to bring justice to the culprit behind the crime and any others that come forth beyond the current one.December 18, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story
‘The Witness of Never’ By JC Whitfield, , After losing her husband to the black virus--Cancer--Connie Van Schidt seeks the help of two vampires to break into a prison facility to obtain the body of her love before the mad scientists can turn him into a slave to their army of synthetic humanoids.December 14, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘The Odyssey of the Astral Nomad’ By shamel bazadough, , Embark on an epic journey in "The Odyssey of the Astral Nomad," where renowned astronomer Professor Aurelia Stonewind discovers an ancient Astral Compass, setting the stage for a cosmic adventure. Guided by celestial alignments, a diverse team of adventurers ventures through enchanting realms, facing trials of reflection, mastering Aetheric Manipulation, and confronting shadows within. As the Astral Compass unveils prophecies and impending catastrophes, the team must forge celestial weapons and make sacrifices to save the multiverse. With a cosmic entity at the Convergence Point and a celestial rebirth at the Eclipsed Horizon, this odyssey weaves a tale of sacrifice, legacy, and infinite beginnings, leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of the cosmos.December 4, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-adventure short-story
‘Nightmares of Nyx’ By Syren, , Nyx used to be a lost soul, wandering through the land where dreams are, angry and alone. She was known throughout the dreamscape as a savage warrior, a bringer of chaos, and a powerful sage. With no memory of who she was or why she possessed her strong abilities, dreams used to be scary, confusing, and lonely. Nyx finds her purpose in the carnage of a burning battlefield when she stumbles upon a crying child. The child is the spirit of a dreamer, who finds himself in a nightmare each time he falls asleep. Nyx knows she has to help him, and she begins a journey teaching more and more children as she goes how to defeat their nightmares and navigate through the dream world. Based on wickedly deep nightmares I've had myself, Nightmares of Nyx is a story that is not only captivating and deep, but also engaging in a way that it's readers can use Nyx's dream world strategies of manifestation, focus objects, awareness, and thought re-direction in their own dreams. Nyx gently guides each small soul she encounters through their darkest struggles- mental illness, trauma, bullies, parents, and more - and helps them understand the terrifying monsters they face in their dreams are important indicators of the ways our daily challenges are really affecting us. And of course they also kick it's butt! Someday I hope to be able to encourage young readers to write letters to Nyx if they are struggling with a nightmare and then be able to read along as she defeats it.December 3, 2023Voteanthology-program short-story who-will-save-the-hero-tales-of-chosen-ones-slaying-the-demons-within
‘Realizations that are hard to understand’ By Keith Burkholder, , Connor's mind continued to work even after a coma.November 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Heightened Awareness’ By asignaturewriter, , The ethics of the rich drive a wedge in the passion between a wealthy investment advisor and her young personal assistant on a quiet night in her midtown Manhattan penthouse.November 12, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘Traveling through a Snow-globe: A Cross-country Tale’ By L. B. Grata, , This is a nonfiction tale of two people trying to move across the United States in the middle of December. The two main characters are a husband and wife who had lived apart for a year and a half due to their careers. They are finally able to be together if they move from PA to Seattle with their 5 animals. What they didn't realize was the winter vortex of 2018 was about to hit.November 7, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-travel short-story
‘“The Pearl Handled Grip”’ By Frits Fairhurst, , A red-haired gay man in his young thirties had made a solid commitment to care for his Dad. Acquiring a hard drug habit overseas in Okinawa after the Vietnam War ended, his pop knew how devoted his son felt. Angry because his partner spent too much time caring for his Dad his lover Amitri began to argue about his commitment to his drugged out father. They right there and then decided to separate breaking up their monogamous relationship. Tea knew he would return to his home in Kansas eventually to check on his Dad. At present he packed his bags to head to India on a meditative quest. It was in the middle of the Ganges River in India when Tea visualized such vivid recall of his uncle’s accidental suicide. As a young soldier before he married his dad had just finished his term of duty in Vietnam. He was deeply in love with his hometown sweetheart back in Kansas, infamous tornado country. Back on his family’s farm, when he was only nineteen, he had spied a sparkling shiny pistol with a pearl handled grip in the window of his town’s general store. He had to have it. Returning to his family farm he asked his father if he could purchase it. His mother wary about violent weapons interjected on the spot. She said no that there were enough guns around the home. Meanwhile he had already purchased the pistol. At that very moment he held it tightly under his right arm pit. His younger brother asked him what was in the cedar box that he placed on the living room’s coffee table. He told his brother that it was a gun he bought against his parents approval. Being a young rowdy teen, his brother opened the box and started handling it as he sat at the dining room table. His older brother tried to wrangle it away from him. Pointing the pistol directly at the middle of his chest his kid brother pulled the trigger. A bullet hit its target dead-on smack dab in the middle of his heart, bleeding out all over the dining room floor. Grabbing the cedar box with the pistol, he ran out of the house away from his family farm with nothing but the clothes on his back. In Okinawa on the day of his discharge an old Japanese man had sold him a strand of remarkably exquisite pearls. These he gave to his betrothed. Tucked into the box of the pearls were several white packets of strong heroin. His wife knew he had an addiction but remained faithful to her hard working husband for thirty years. Divorced and downtrodden his hard core drug usage nearly killed him when Tea his only son visited him back in Kansas after hus divorce. By dragging his dad’s ass into the cold shower he had saved his life. Over in India Tea began to meditate more and recite Hindu prayers. On his return home he found his old partner waiting for him at his Massachusetts loft space. There at the door his man placed those pearls his father had given to his mom, over his head to adorn his chest. They smiled realizing they never would ever part again. Back in Kansas his father resides at a flea bag motel. Among the cocaine and amphetamines on the dusty kitchen table rested the cedar box holding his abhorrent obsession an attraction that had determined his destiny forevermore. This is the take of …” the gun with the pearl handled grip.November 6, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-lgbtq short-story
‘Green Thumb’ By DML Meyer, , All Henry was hoping to do was help out his elderly neighbor for a few weeks. Who knew nature would be at the root of so many headaches? It was hard to imagine a way of explaining himself out of this mess!November 1, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-adventure short-story
‘The Pearl Handled Grip’ By Frits Fairhurst, , A man becomes addicted to hard drugs when a packet of white powdery substance comes with the pearls he bought for his wife in Okinawa, Japan after his tour of duty innVietnam. His only son embarks on a relationship with his father regardless of his addictive personality. His mother shared with her son just how she dealt with his substance abuse for over thirty years, it all started by him buying the gun with the pearl handled grip against his parents desires. Throughout his life in Kansas his family had saved themselves from the fiercest most destructive tornadoes. Now the tornado of his self-destruction settles within him as he keeps that weapon of death always within his eye sight. Going against his parents wishes caused the death of his younger brother who accidentally fired the weapon a direct hit to his heart, thinking it was not loaded. His brother’s death is what drew him to hard drugs. Never can he forgive himself from the killing of his younger brother. Filled with unending guilt he self-excommunicated his presence from Kansas and his family farm. He joined the marines to make his way. His gay son will not forfeit his marriage to his man but will always see to it that his father stays in hospice. An argument about his commitment to his father’s live causes a separation between his partner and himself. As a result he plans a trip to India. His son realizes the truth that the death of his father’s younger brother was an accident. His son is the only family left in his life who does not judge him for his past faults! Love without violence is what his son and his partner choose to fulfill once the pearls that his father gave to his mother arrive mailed to his partner. Once his partner could not comprehend why he loved his father so. Yet in the end they reunite after his trip to India, where the revelation of his fathers behaviour in the accidental shooting of his younger brother. India’s beliefs in living within each moment honoring all life is the lesson he learned from his travels. It’s the blood filled moment of his uncle’s death that comes to his mind in the middle of the Ganges. Father and son along with his son’s partner watch over the obsessive need for his father to always keep the gun with the pearl handled grip: the killing weapon he revers for a male stereotypical belief that guns empower American manliness.October 19, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-lgbtq short-story
‘A Creation of a New Cure for a terminal illness in a different world’ By Keith Burkholder, , Creating a cure for a terminal illness. This is what this story entails here.October 18, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Mika’s Leap of Faith’ By Jasmin Collado, , Mika is a determined 19-year-old Japanese girl training to compete in a dangerous skyscraper climbing competition called Best Gecko Pads: Tallest Tower. The winner will receive a scholarship to help achieve their dreams. Mika has trained relentlessly for this competition on August 14th, 2037 and is confident she can win, despite the other ruthless competitors like Joshua who will do anything to sabotage the competition. On the day of the event, Mika double-checks her gear and prepares to make daring leaps up the tower. She almost slips to her death but is saved by her safety ropes. Joshua struggles at first but it's a bluff to get Mika to help him, and when she does he pushes her off. Though frustrated, Mika gathers her courage to keep climbing. She makes another bold leap up the tower, nearly catching up to the treacherous Joshua. Despite the setbacks, Mika is determined to out-climb the others and win the scholarship for her engineering dreams.October 14, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-young-adult short-story
‘Queen of the Kingdom’ By Jasmin Collado, , Amelai, one of the diseased, decides to leave the safety of her people to venture into the city. She hopes to find work and blend in, as well as bring back the scarce resource of bread. Amelai now must balance her loyalties to her people and animals with her tenuous place in the kingdom. Her magic may protect her, but it could also lead to her downfall if she upsets the social order.October 14, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘The Expedition of Yira’ By Haley M. Forté, , In the deep expanse of space, a violet planet hung idly between two moons. Dr. Tal Ashr is on a mission to discover the mystery that surrounds the planet of Yira, a distant world that has sat dormant for centuries. Or so some believed. When Dr. Ashr recruits his cousin Kol, a former solider of the Galatic Forces, and Dr. Anson Moreau, a professor of Galatic History, the trio ventures to the planet's surface in search of a legend. What they find may not be simply just a rumor after all.October 10, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘can I invade your space’ By brandi, , poems can I invade your space? can I upset your peace of mind? will you allow me to corrupt you if I keep you as all mine? will you show me softness when the world only knows your strength? can I be your secret weapon to protect you at any length? will you come to me and trust me when life seems to fight against you? will you let me help with any battles that are thrown out to prevent you? can I help you overcome your insecurities and doubt? if I show you what it means to have a love that holds real clout? can I hold you thru the night? can I compromise your dreams? will you calm me when the the nightmares creep help me to quiet these subconscious fiends? can I whisper in your ear all the ways that I adore you. will you help me learn to trust myself til I know that I'm the best one for you? will you teach me what I need to know about your body, soul and mind? will you stay up late to laugh with me? will you always hold me when I cry? can we play dirty in the bedroom? can we always try to fight clean? can we promise not to let the world separate or come between? can I make you laugh and be flirtatious when the situation becomes oppressing? will you stand and know I've got your back when everything seems too depressing? will you take me thru this life with you? will you find me in the next? will you keep me as all yours forever? can you promise nothing less? __________ ____________ _____________ I want to write a poem on your body with my lips I want to paint on you a dream using just my finger tips let me build for you a fantasy where we live up with the constellations where we exist and reign together without any limitations. let my soul entwine with yours come move into these unfilled places let me feel you breathe inside of me erase the nightmares and hollow spaces and now dance with me... amongst these petals made of flame caress me to my depths... until I am breathless by your name let me ignite you... setting loose the sparks within your mind but give me a sword, and hold my crown, I'll protect you for all time! spin me a web of promises... with the silk to lay our bed. lay with me and loves on me passion made on every thread. let your doubt be like a wisp of smoke for with a wave it disappears. let my lips bring you poetry, let my tongue catch all your tears.October 10, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘Only One Can be Faithful’ By J Prose, , The story is about the challenges women face in dating when it comes to attention, temptation and indulgence. It is challenging because everyone loves joking around but no one likes to be the butt of others jokes. It is like asking a man to stop gossiping but, you are a woman! Meaning you actually believe women are allowed to gossip but men are not. This is a late entry. I will enter again next year to post the rest of the story.October 7, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘The Big Snow’ By Charles Wiegand, , It's been snowing cats-n-dogs and the stuff has piled up to one's knees. The girls want to go out and play in it, but Mom and Dad won't let them because of the late hour. The next day school is canceled but Dad still has to go to work. He gets there and finds the building empty. He later goes out for lunch, only to find all the restaurants and other businesses closed and empty. The town plaza is empty, the streets are empty, there's nobody anywhere in sight. He finishes his work and starts his way through the snow to his home, feeling uncertain about what he'll find - will his family be there? Or will the house be as empty as the rest of the town appears to be?October 4, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-families-relationships short-story
‘Cherry Red’ By Brianna Whitener, , Step into the memories of a man who longs for his past love. A love with the potential to last a lifetime if it weren’t tainted by alcoholism and an ultimatum. Instead he finds himself trying to move on only to be haunted by the cherished moments of a lingering love.September 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘Bumpty Bumpty Ben’ By Cede Rubin, , A story of true love.September 23, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘ “The Midnight Caller” ‘ By Samiya Khan, , Chapter 1: A Chilling Message The city of Darkwood was known for its grim history, a place where secrets festered in the shadows and nightmares lurked around every corner. In this eerie setting, Detective Alex Monroe received a call that would plunge him into a case unlike any other. It was a rainy night when his phone rang. The voice on the other end was distorted, the words spoken in a low, haunting whisper. "I know what you did, Detective. I've been watching." Alex's heart raced as he tried to identify the caller. "Who is this? What are you talking about?" The voice continued, "You thought you got away with it, but the past always catches up”. Chapter 2: A Dark Secret Alex couldn't sleep that night. The chilling message had awakened memories he had long buried. Years ago, he and his partner, Sarah, had been involved in a case that had gone horribly wrong. A dangerous criminal had escaped justice, leaving behind a trail of bloodshed. Sarah had disappeared soon after, and Alex had been haunted by guilt and unanswered questions ever since. He had always suspected that someone within the police department had betrayed them, but he had never been able to prove it. Chapter 3: A Race Against Time The ominous calls continued, each one revealing more about the past Alex had tried so hard to forget. The caller seemed to have an intimate knowledge of the case and an eerie ability to predict Alex's every move. As the body count began to rise, it became clear that the killer was recreating the crimes from that fateful case. Desperate to stop the madness and clear his name, Alex delved into the dark underbelly of Darkwood, searching for clues that would lead him to the truth. Chapter 4: Unraveling the Mystery With the help of an enigmatic hacker named Lily, Alex uncovered a web of corruption and deceit within the police department. The killer was someone with a personal vendetta against him, someone who wanted to expose the truth about the case that had destroyed so many lives. As the pieces of the puzzle fell into place, Alex realized that the key to solving the mystery lay in confronting his own past and facing the demons that had haunted him for so long. He had to track down Sarah, the only person who could provide the answers he needed. Chapter 5: The Final Confrontation The trail led Alex to an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Darkwood. There, in the flickering light of a single bare bulb, he finally confronted the killer, who turned out to be a former colleague driven mad by the secrets of the past. A tense standoff ensued, with Alex trying to talk the killer down while keeping a gun trained on them. In the end, it was a heart-wrenching confession that shattered the silence. The truth about that fateful case was laid bare, and justice was served, but at a heavy cost. As dawn broke over Darkwood, Alex stood alone in the cold, empty warehouse, haunted by the events of the past. The chilling caller was silenced, but the scars of the past would never truly heal. The city of Darkwood may have seen the end of one nightmare, but in its shadows, others still lurked, waiting for their time to emerge.September 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘”Love on the Seaside”‘ By Samiya Khan, , Chapter 1: A Chance Encounter The sun hung low over the horizon, casting a golden glow over the tranquil seaside town of Harbor Cove. Sarah, a young woman with chestnut hair and a smile that could brighten the gloomiest day, had returned to her childhood vacation spot for a much-needed break from her busy city life. She had always found solace in the sound of crashing waves and the salty breeze that filled the air. As she strolled along the wooden boardwalk that lined the beach, her gaze was drawn to a man sitting alone on a bench, his eyes fixed on the vast expanse of the ocean. He had a rugged charm about him, with a tousle of dark hair and a strong jawline. His name was Daniel, and he was a writer in search of inspiration for his next novel. Their paths crossed when a sudden gust of wind sent Sarah's hat tumbling to the ground. Daniel was quick to retrieve it, his fingers brushing against hers as he handed it back with a warm smile. "You dropped this," he said, his voice like a gentle sea breeze. "Thank you," Sarah replied, feeling a blush creep onto her cheeks. She couldn't help but notice the intensity in his eyes. There was something magnetic about the stranger she had just met. Chapter 2: A Shared Connection Sarah and Daniel's chance encounter soon evolved into daily meetings on the boardwalk. They would share stories of their lives, their dreams, and their love for the ocean. Sarah, an aspiring marine biologist, was fascinated by Daniel's tales of his adventures as a writer. She admired his passion for capturing the beauty of the world through words. In return, Daniel found himself captivated by Sarah's intelligence, kindness, and the way her eyes sparkled when she talked about the wonders of the sea. He felt a connection with her that he had never experienced before, as if their souls were intertwined by the same ocean that had brought them together. One evening, as the sun dipped below the horizon and painted the sky in shades of pink and orange, Daniel mustered the courage to ask Sarah out for dinner. She accepted with a smile that felt like a promise of new beginnings. Chapter 3: Love Blooms Their first date was at a quaint seafood restaurant overlooking the harbor. Candlelight danced on their faces as they shared laughter, stories, and plates of freshly caught lobster. The hours melted away, and it felt as though they were the only two people in the world. Days turned into weeks, and Sarah and Daniel's love blossomed like a seaside garden in full bloom. They spent their mornings watching the sunrise, their afternoons exploring hidden coves, and their evenings sharing dreams and aspirations under the starlit sky. But it wasn't just the picturesque setting that deepened their love. It was the way they made each other feel alive, the way they inspired one another to chase their passions, and the way they found solace in each other's arms. Chapter 4: Facing the Storm As the summer drew to a close, a storm began to brew on the horizon, mirroring the turmoil in Sarah and Daniel's hearts. Sarah's responsibilities in the city beckoned her back, while Daniel was torn between his love for her and his need to find inspiration elsewhere. One stormy evening, with rain pelting against the windows of their beachfront cottage, they sat in silence, each lost in their own thoughts. Finally, Daniel spoke, his voice trembling with emotion. "I don't want to lose you, Sarah, but I also can't bear to hold you back from your dreams." Tears welled up in Sarah's eyes as she took his hand. "And I don't want to leave you, but I know I have to follow my heart." Chapter 5: Love's Promise In the midst of the storm, they made a pact to support each other's dreams, no matter the distance that separated them. Sarah returned to the city to pursue her career as a marine biologist, while Daniel continued to travel in search of inspiration for his novels. Their love, tested by the miles that separated them, only grew stronger with time. They wrote letters, shared late-night phone calls, and counted the days until their next seaside reunion. Their love story became a testament to the power of love and the beauty of following one's dreams. And every summer, as the sun set over the tranquil seaside town of Harbor Cove, Sarah and Daniel would reunite on the same boardwalk where they had first met, their love as enduring and boundless as the ocean itself.September 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘There’s Nothing In The Woods’ By Skylier Jones, , A friendly camping trip goes wrong in this thrilling horror.September 19, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘The Chasm’ By Skylier Jones, , Adam, the First Man, and Adam, The Last Man, collide in this epic Science Fiction Masterpiece.September 19, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Red Dress’ By Phillip Hoehr, , A woman finds herself in a mysterious ballroom during a masquerade. She has to find out what is happening before it is too late.September 18, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘The Phoenix and his Act of Courage’ By Keith Burkholder, , This phoenix is powerful and can save lives on planet Earth. It is known for its total greatness and overall abilities.September 13, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘The End From The Beginning’ By E.Allen Roge, , What stops you from fulfilling everything you are meant to do in life? I can show you that it's simpler than you have ever imagined. In these pages, you will find the principles that God himself uses to accomplish all the things he has done or will do. God created you to be successful not a failure. Read these few chapters and you will understand that when you begin at the end of a thing, you bypass all the excuses and circumstances that were previously standing in your way.September 11, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-motivational-inspirational short-story
‘The Mistress’ By Francine Lee A, , Discarded by her parents and left to fend for herself at 14, Eris, now a middle-aged Mistress, is not just fighting to stay alive. She's fighting to become the leader of the rebellion, but can someone who appears to live a life of luxury convince the other half of the enslaved to side with her? TW: Sex Trafficking and ViolenceSeptember 7, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-dystopian short-story
‘Repairs’ By Elke Barter, , Her days are long and lonely, but she has found a way to fill her calendar with the names and numbers of men who, upon payment by check, are willing to come and share a quiet moment together. September 7, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-positive-social-transformation short-story
‘Justice is Served’ By Scott Ludwig, , A prosecuting attorney takes advantage of his position as an agent for justice.September 7, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story
‘The Pull’ By Isaiah Williams, , A boy who can see the supernatural tries his best to ignore those visions, but something keeps pushing him to warn others about them.September 6, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-religion-spirituality short-story
‘Female predator on the prowl’ By Keith Burkholder, , Linda goes on the prowl to get blood and flesh from her sexual escapades.September 6, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘White Lies And Lipstick ‘ By Jae Franklin, , College sweethearts, Kevin and Laila, have the perfect marriage. Kevin, an executive at a lucrative marketing agency, spends all his time investing in work -allowing Laila to be a stay home wife. Laila, although loves her husband, is secretly frustrated with her husband’s workload. She finds herself partaking in a secret, passionate romance with a young lesbian woman, Natalie. Natalie is a gorgeous dominant, feminine woman who possesses an undeniable love for Laila -but there’s much mystery to the young, exotic lover. As twist and turns unfold, a family is turned all the way around.September 5, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-lgbtq short-story
‘There is Something At the Door’ By Tina Herranen, , Something lurks outside Wendy's home, but she has an unexpected ally.September 5, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘Sex (Cells, Sells, Sales)’ By Terence Davis, , It's 2033, the sex industry is booming, and twins, Zeta and Zeus are trying to take over the business, globally. Sex runs the world and mastermind Dr. Zeta Philips has a plan to control the whole enchilada, with her genius brother, Zeus, they set out to control the industry and then the world.September 4, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘WORKING GRACE’ By Joshua O, , Once upon a time, in the small, picturesque town of Baale on Lagos Island, there lived a boy named Cherish who, for the early years of his life, seemed to have everything he ever wanted. His aged parents, Architect Tunde and Mrs. Adesewa, were affluent and provided for him with the utmost care. The house they lived in was a castle, and Cherish as a kid was showered with toys, gifts, and extravagant holidays. He had never known the taste of want, and the world appeared to be at his feet. But as time passed, life had a curious way of throwing unexpected challenges. The family fortune dwindled due to a series of financial setbacks. Cherish, who had grown accustomed to abundance, found himself facing a world he had never known before; a world of austerity. Cherish watched his parents' relentless dedication, and though he didn't fully grasp the gravity of their situation, he admired their unwavering determination Architect Tunde and his wife Adesewa struggled to maintain their lavish lifestyle as they went out to the banks for huge long-term loans using their house as collateral before their demise. Cherish's journey was challenging, and he often faced moments of despair. He encountered setbacks and disappointments, but he never gave up. His resilience and hard work began to pay off as he earned a degree in Computer science. As he looked back on his journey, he couldn't help but smile. Working Grace had finally brought laughter and prosperity back into his life. Cherish, once a boy who had known only abundance had become a man who had learned the true value of hard work, determination, and family. he had triumphed over adversity, proving that even in the face of the most daunting challenges, the human spirit could prevail.September 4, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-families-relationships short-story
‘For the Love of Dogs’ By Angela Coulson, , After her marriage fails, Angie takes her family across the country for a fresh start. With a new job, a teenager and volunteering with her therapy dog, there's not much time for romance. With some help of her furry friend, Lily, she meets a man that makes her feel things she's not sure she's ready for. Will her fear keep her from taking a chance on love, or will fate keep throwing him in her path?September 3, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘Stoneport Ghost Stories’ By Jennifer Bassett, , "Stoneport Ghost Stories” uncovers the layers of a neighborhood's history through the narrator’s memory as she delves into the memories of childhood innocence. A glimpse into a past where unity reigned, and the bonds between families were unbreakable. Until things took a darker turn, revealing the shocking events that shattered the idyllic tranquility. Follow the reminiscing narrator through the tumultuous aftermath of a double murder that rippled through the heart of the close-knit Laotian American community. With each passing year, the neighborhood transformed into a ghost story itself, a haunting reminder of what once was, of the laughter, camaraderie, and shared moments that now exist only as echoes. "Stoneport Ghost Stories" presents a gripping exploration of how tragedy can reshape lives, redefine relationships, and leave an unforgettable mark on a place and its people. The narrator weaves together the threads of memory and loss, crafting a ghost story that transcends the supernatural, and digs into the enduring power of community, memory, and the lingering presence of the past.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story
‘Unpravaield justice!’ By Maria Alston.Inner city angel, , This story is about a young mother who raised 5 children alone & one day she went to pic them up from school to find out c.p.s.took them .5 years after slaving to get them back .The c.p.s worker admitted to lying on the paperwork to obtain the children...# I am her.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-historical-fiction short-story
‘Fanciful ‘ By Bellakat, , Clients in an assisted living facility soon realize they are not alone when they discover fairies residing within their facility.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘GRANDAD WAS AN AIR RAID WARDEN’ By Anne Godden-Segard, , A short bio of my British grandfather who was an air raid warden during WW2 in Southampton, UK. He was a tough guy. He vowed that if the Germans landed on British soil, “I will go after them with my pitchfork." Years later I learned that he never owned a pitchfork.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘Flex Out ‘ By Bobbie Bell, , A short story in which a young man finally understands why God told us to be kind and compassionate. When he thought he knew everything and realized he had a lot more growing and learning to do.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-young-adult short-story
‘As above, so below.’ By Bobby Bell, , Based on a true story. The reality of a relationship that was not meant to be.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘To Kvetch or To Kvell, That is the Kvestion’ By Phyllis Cohen, , An essay (hopefully humorous) to understand how Yiddish became so prevalent in American English.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-humor-entertainment short-story
‘Spectre’ By Crimson Skizz, , Waking in the dead of night, I notice things are not as they should. As I move through my mansion, reflecting on my past, I ponder who may be here with me-and what they are going to do once I find them.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘Sweet Detriment down Corridors ‘ By Robyn Ginnie, , This story tells a mystical tale of a chemistry shared between two people. The story is written from the admirer’s point of view and surrounds an infatuation by a lecturer with one of his students, Lilea. After a series of fateful events, his infatuation is returned. This cosmic connection forms by means of fate and destiny. The love for the two people have for each other is both effortless and undeniable, beautiful and bittersweet.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘Ruby and the Turbo Tree’ By Michelle Oakley, , Follow Ruby on a journey through a meadow, where she discovers a magical tree. This special tree grows something very different. Rather than flowers or fruit it grows kittens. Follow Ruby and her kittens on their adventures to Cat City.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-childrens-fiction short-story
‘Seventeen years asleep and the awakening’ By Deana Kiser, , Meet me: the real life Rip Van Winkle. No, I wasn’t literally asleep like him but I was asleep for many parts of my life for nearly two decades after an accident followed by debilitating chronic pain. It was not a painless restful slumber. In addition to pain it was filled with: opioid addiction, immobility, weight gain and obesity, clinical depression, and an reclusive existence … and then a single moment in time awoke me and propelled me to reclaim time and life. It’s been a physical and mental transformation while coming to acceptance that this nerve/pain disease is an unwanted companion in life I must co-exist. This is a journey of reconciling what was and dreaming new old dreams again versus the nightmare of the dark slumber now that I’ve fought and clawed my way back into the light of day Like Rip I tell my tale of the many years of sleep to all the village. I invite you in…August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘Hoarder Bob’s Mom’ By Deborah Watts, , Bob's house and property was one of the worst hoarding nightmares I have ever seen. His 96 year mother died.. supposedly in a care home. That wasn't the truth he had her buried under a pile of hoarding crap to cover her up. He just did want to let her go. He thought people in other countries keep the dead bodies in the house. Eventually to hide the smell of he has to put her in ONE of his numerous freezers. Now the time it come to slowly clean up his horrific hoarding mess. Bob bought a meat grinder and ground up his beloved Mother. Bob repackaged his ground up dead Mom in big rotten hamburger packages and fed the rotten hamburger to the dogs. Then he dumped the rotten smelly package in the dumpster. Bob knew If anybody would encounter the rotten repackaged meat that looked unopened.. the smell would be blamed on the hamburger. No one would ever know.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘The toils of man’ By Keairah Leftrick, , In the life of man, there are many joys and sorrows. There are trials and hardships as well as causes to celebrate. This is the lot man must contend with.August 30, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-religion-spirituality short-story
‘Wrong Target’ By Lana Bradstream, , People in Trier kept to themselves, but loved to know one another's business. They gathered information through watching, listening, whispering. Their eyes, ears and tongues descended on Thomas, a young man whose hands were sticky. Their vindictiveness and judgments took Thomas from a life on the streets to something much worse.August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-historical-fiction short-story
‘God’s Plan’ By Grace Kerner, , A raw perspective of religion, faith, and loss through the eyes of a young girl named Ruby. As her questions and feelings about the afterlife and God persist, so do her home struggles, internal battles, and heartbreak; which help her come full circle on how to feel about the religion and ideas she was raised with.August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-young-adult short-story
”Confessions of a non-Best-Selling Author’ By Thomas McKenna, , Can a somewhat computer-challenged Boomer navigate his MacBook Pro and the realm of indie publishing to fulfill a lifelong dream of creating his first book? Can he conquer those pesky copy/paste commands and those never-ending 'hard-returns?' Find out in Mr. McKenna's hilarious short-story, 'Confessions of a non-Best-Selling Author.'August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-humor-entertainment short-story
‘Daniel’ By Lorri Smalls, , The story starts from the perspective of Geneva Britt, a former high school sweetheart who's anxious to reunite with her unrequited love, Daniel Hall, at his book signing. Will the two of them get back together, or will they part for good?August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘Shitty Day Sonnets’ By Michelle Lisan, , While Sonnets usually bring to mind the floral romance of Shakespeare, I prefer to give my complaints a jaunty meter so it feels less sad. But also, definitely more sad.August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘Why You Shouldn’t Flip Off Strangers’ By Liz Frame, , A dysfunctional family goes on a well intentioned vacation, but to there misfortune, after flipping off a stranger driving a semi, everything takes a turn for the worse. Will the family reconnect and resolve their feud?August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-adventure short-story
‘The Toymaker’s Secret’ By Brianna DeLong-Brown, , 18 year old Juniper York is desperate for a new beginning where she can prove to the world she can make something of herself. That’s when she found a flier for Jack Robert’s toy shop. A nice little starter job is one foot in the right direction. Or….is it the start to something more sinister?August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘Lady In Red’ By Rory McKenzie, , Home alone on her five-year anniversary, Erica resigns herself to another boring Friday night in. But when a mysterious package arrives at her door, she’s thrust into cryptic game of Simon Says, where losing could mean having her intimate secrets exposed.August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘The Collective Man’ By Corey Ramsey, , An impetuous act by a young scientist is seemingly responsible for near global genocide. He now races against the clock to save perhaps the only life remaining on the planet; himself and three reluctant companions.August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Nine Months’ By Lana Bradstream, , In the not-too-distant future, victims of sexual assault have to endure further torture. If the assault results in pregnancy, they are not given a choice whether or not to carry. The women with enough value and money are given an additional choice - stay awake through it all or select an induced coma.August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Zepeh Brotherhood’ By Christophe Willermoz, , An utopian world beneath Uluru which works directly with extraterrestrial civilisations.August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Who Told You Life Was Fair’ By Karen Hontz, , A countries tragedy opens the innocent eyes of a ten year old girl, who learns that the good guy doesn't always win; changing her sheltered world of black and whites to an ambiguous grey.August 29, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘The Holiday Witch’ By Melissa Bowden, , Anandrea loved Halloween so much every year she would prepare for the next Halloween all year long she decoratied her lil cottage for the special changes of each mthAugust 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘The Simpleton And The Bronze Unicorn’ By Cass Hawkings, , Lucinda is the daughter of a blacksmith, but she and her best (and only) friend, Maria, are treated poorly because of their skills. Wanting to change the trajectory of their lives, Lucinda decides to spin wool on a spinning wool and with the help of her father, Papa Saz, creates a beautiful creature.August 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Silence ‘ By Monica Howard, , Recurring dream leads to a realization of infidelity and ends fatally.August 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Water in the Desert’ By Hannah Marie., , A small business owner flips the weakness in her body and emerges into a passion for cooking by growing a bakery. Baker Heather Dillard’s body rejects itself and she has a brush with death, but she refuses to let that stop her. She learns about healing through foods and shares her own recipes in books and baking. Her vision for the future continues to grow, and she refuses to submit to the conventional, striving to push beyond barriers.August 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-motivational-inspirational short-story
‘Locust ‘ By Sibyl R Cooper, , The Chimera Programme was a scientific failure but a creative success. Scientist Dr. Glen Lanstern merged the consciousness of twelve writers with an animal of their choice to report on their experience outside of human thought under animal law. Unfortunately, the writers were all driven to madness and muteness once returned to human form, but they produced creative work about their experiences. From this failure, The Chimera Collection of Short Fiction was born. Author Gareth Harlow's contribution to the collection, 'Locust', is of great interest to the academic community. Reprinted frequently after the collection's initial release, scientists, anthropologists, and philosophers are still baffled by Harlow's contribution and continue their attempts to decipher the layers of his retelling.August 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Boy’ By Stephen Conrad, , Can a boy be born bad? Some kids get to be kids, others never will. In a world separated from the free world, kids who believe they're men commit grown up offenses. Some boys navigate what it means to be a man while having never been a kid. What can you learn about life if there's no one to teach you? What if your future hangs on the decision of one judge and 12 jurors? You begin life hoping for the best, but quickly find that all your hopes, dreams and desires have slim chance of ever becoming reality. For boys who are not yet men, hope slowly fades a bit more everyday. There are no children here.August 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘The Watchers’ By Louis P Cervone, , The Watchers is a Trilogy of a world that may actually exist somewhere in the world hidden from mainstream view. While the locations of these unseen societies is vague the reader may find similarities to their own communities.August 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-dystopian short-story
‘The Watchers’ By Louis P Cervone, , The Watchers is a Trilogy of a world that may actually exist somewhere in the world hidden from mainstream view. While the locations of these unseen societies is vague the reader may find similarities to their own communities.August 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-dystopian short-story
‘There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Boy’ By Stephen Conrad, , Can a boy be born bad? Some kids get to be kids, others never will. In a world separated from the free world, kids who believe they're men commit grown up offenses. Some boys navigate what it means to be a man while having never been a kid. What can you learn about life if theirs no one to teach you? What if your future hangs on the decision of one judge and 12 jurors? You begin life hoping for the best, but quickly find that all your hopes, dreams and desires have slim chance of ever becoming reality. For boys who are not yet men, hope slowly fades a bit more everyday. There are no children here.August 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘Death Stood in the Doorway’ By adriano garcia, , After years of escaping his bony hand, I have my final showdown with Death.August 28, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘S.A.D.A.C.A.B.A.C.O.B.O.T. Yeah, I’d want to know too!’ By Trace Ole’, , I'm going to vibrantly illustrate the crazy, cruel, hilarious, painfully honest way I have come to know and understand this life. It's with no exaggeration, a gripping tale that is seemingly foreign and yet very relatable. If I hadn't lived it myself, I'd swear it got ripped off from some fictional character made for TV. Tragic, Funny, Dramatic, Psychotic. All Truth, all Semantic, No Filter. Why? Because Somebody else out there is Constantly Blind-sided as well. I just don't want them thinking their alone.August 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘ Sadacabacobot- Oh Yes, I’d Wanna Know Too.’ By Trace Ole’, , The idea here is to illustrate the challenges and difficulties facing many people today. From a sea of distractions to learning how best to live. I'd like to showcase many relevant and relatable problems that no prior generation has any experience with, hence no advice. The spotlight will focus on addiction in it's many forms, reminding everyone that hey, we are all on the same rock and basically need and want for the same things. So my intention is to lead the reader to walk down paths they may never have even considered, by dissolving that illusion many subscribe to; that they and their experiences are somehow more important than someone else's.August 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘The Little Black Book’ By gloria lockridge, , When person's curiosity causes them to imagine all sorts of things and eventually leads them to explore. Their curiosity is satisfied when strange events are revealed to them..August 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-childrens-fiction short-story
‘The Masseuse’ By Scilla, , The ions and jolly masseuse came to work for the rich, old man, yet seemed to had ulterior motivesAugust 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘To the Father of Cats’ By BC Charles, , A young man leaves his family to try his luck in the untamed wilderness with a magical cat as his only companion. When his cat is injured he must determine what he will do to save her.August 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Divine Intervention from Above ‘ By Paula Zahratka, , God in my lifeAugust 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘Unexpected Love’ By Helaine Hunt Martin-Jack, , When you think all is lost, love blossoms out of pain and darknessAugust 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘Memoir of Devil’s mind ‘ By Nettie Martinez, , The cruelty of a Dark Narcissist man to his supposedly love ones ... What I have done to you to deserve all this painful treatment that keeps over and over with your thoughts, your words and actions I remain with laceration in my mind, soul, and all over my body Over years past by... she was able to scape alive and successful reinitiate her wounded life.August 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Angels posing as humans on planet Earth’ By Keith Burkholder, , This is about angels posing as humans on planet Earth.August 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘The Murder Of Viola Beck’ By Cass Hawkings, , Murder victim Jocelyn Beck tells the story of how she helped to dig deeper into the mess of a mystery that is the murder of her grandmother, Viola Beck. Knowing she will need help, Jocelyn recruits Erin Naylor, the resident crime journalism student in their small hometown of Ernst alongside a crew of helpful townspeople.August 27, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story
‘Izzy’s Ink’ By Izzy Wilson, , I. Genesis...a poem about the inception of domestic violence and incest that shaped my young self. II. Consequence...2 poems about my return--despite helping hundreds of other women escape family violence as a social worker (and knowing and ignoring the red flags)--to submissively accepting multiple forms of abuse. III. Phoenix Rising..."The misogyny--that foot on my neck--held me down only till I was pissed enough to fight back tooth and nail!" --Izzy WilsonAugust 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘The Homecoming(from The Outsiders Adventures)’ By OSYM1, , This story, is a part of a collection of short stories, in a volume about 2 Brothers, that are mercenaries. They only do jobs for the benefit of society and good people. This story follows the Brothers in their early days of training, centered around the older Brother, Scott, who is having a training session with the Painted One, (P.O.) in their private dojo and home, in a secluded mountain, far away from society. They're suddenly visited by a former student, who brings good and bad news about an old friend of P.O.'s.August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-dystopian short-story
‘Izzy’s Ink’ By Izzy wilson, , Collection of 3-4 autobiographical poems; one on being silenced, one on childhood abuse/family violence, one about a former domestic violence counselor who fell in love w an abuser.August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘Blink’ By Kevin Holmes, , These are what happens when the person blinks. Stream of consciousness bits in between.August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘The Adventures of Abraxis and Graymite’ By Corpus, , There is a School that still burning Green Fire: the people are STILL BURNING AND SCREAMING. She has trouble bathing, writing and understanding many things, but she's one hell of a Conduit! The Contaminants are rising. Can Lady Abraxis and her team deal with inner demons, desires and their past at the same time?August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Die for me’ By Peter Lehmann, , True Tale of a boxer who won Gold in Olympic games, first for his country, turned professional and was killed in his championship fight. Die for me was the last words his trainer said to him as he entered the last round.August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-historical-fiction short-story
‘Die for me’ By Peter Lehmann, , True Tale of a boxer who won Gold in Olympic games, first for his country, turned professional and was killed in his championship fight. Die for me was the last words his trainer said to him as he entered the last round.August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-historical-fiction short-story
‘BTW No Judgement!’ By Sarah Hinkes, , recently read an article in the New York Times regarding the subject of coercive control. U.S. Congresswoman Cori Bush spoke of her own personal experience with a “HIM”, and furthermore applauded Scotland, while admitting that the United States has a lot of catching up to do to take this very serious reality, and make it a true criminalized act. It’s time I’m brave enough to share my own journey. As you know from reading this, I am 3 out of 10 that got out, I am still today 1 out of 10 that SURVIVED! If my story helps just one woman see the signs before the abuse, then all of this will be worth it. This was written at that time. I am open to a larger project but it has taken me seven years to get this far. In the last three years between open heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm, and in June of 2020 a brain craniotomy due to a rather persistent meningioma. Meeting and escaping “HIM” was the most intense and terrifying experience of my young life of 42 years. For these past seven years I have let myself recover physically, emotionally, and in some cases spiritually. I have built walls around me, and over time trusted family, friends, and recently a significant other to at times break through. I am still amazed at how much I tend not to trust when in fact I have the best of intentions to do so. Even though I am not broken, I have won, I do not believe that there will ever be a moment in my life when I will ever feel truly free. That is what this does to you, so let’s together help anyone out here who has or is in this situation, give them a voice, give them strength, respectfully I am still alive, still healthy luckily, so I have to believe that this truth is meant to shared. Thank you for your consideration.August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘The Cuckoo Clock ‘ By Sarah Hinkes, , This has been destined as similar to The Tell Tale HeartAugust 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘The Adventures of Stripey the Fish! ‘ By Sarah Hinkes, , Starlight, a blue fish that shone bright like the stars, swam over to see what’s the matter with her friend Stripey. She listened and agreed that something must be done to help him. Starlight called the other fish together for a fish emergency meeting. Stripey spoke about how sad it made him feel that all the other fish in the tank had a brother, or sister fish that was of their kind. Stripey also explained that he was all by himself, and we wanted to believe that somewhere out there, his family was waiting for him. With his fin, he pointed to the sky up above Lewis’s fish tank that expanded out over a vast, big, and new world. The meeting was very promising, all the other fish promised to help Stripey find his family. All through the week the fish saved bits of fish food for Stripey, Starlight helped to make a sack out of seaweed for Stripey to carry things in. One very big problem remained. Once Stripey was out of the tank, he couldn’t swim in the air, what was a fish with fins, gills, and fishy eyes to do?August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-childrens-fiction short-story
‘A Pond’ By Dan Amego, , He was worn down to the end because of the isolation from the sickness. She talks him out of it.August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-self-help-personal-development short-story
‘The Toy’ By Zack Golden, , a young man named Elijah grapples with thoughts of his parents' absence, adulthood, and his own sense of self. Amidst mundane actions like making coffee, reading, and observing strangers, the story takes an eerie turn as Elijah's mind drifts to disturbing fantasies involving violence and self-harm. His isolation and unease intensify when he hears knocking at his hotel room door, leading to a heightened paranoia.August 26, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘Crowned Heart (Beauty and the Beast Twist Tale)’ By Lindsey Weaver, , “Crowned Heart” is a retelling of the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. The character of Beauty is actually the Beast, this is a gender bend with the female character being important. Cordelia is the main female character that is the antagonist and protagonist of the story. The character of the Beast is not the same either with him this time being the merchant son with a good personality. Rey, he plays an important role with helping Cordelia with self-discovery and finding a support system that is a family for the characters. The bond that the two form though is almost like family, the two becoming close with one another but not really falling in love.August 25, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Creature Feature’ By Regina MacIntyre, , A free-wheeling high school graduate runs out of money and takes a job at a drive-in theater in the middle of the desert, only to become the feature for the creatures that go there.August 25, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘Take me home’ By Christina Robertson, , Suffering childhood trauma from a mentally ill father. Journey through my life of emotional abuseAugust 25, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-memoir-autobiography short-story
‘Being Kind is Free’ By T Robert, , Life is full of surprises.August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-motivational-inspirational short-story
‘A Moment in Time ‘ By Deb Myers, , Indira is raised in upper echelons of society and becomes the First Lady of the tropocal island of St. Tomas. Her charisma is unmatched and she is loved by the people. Her interest in learning local dance moves leads her to renowned dance troupe director Hanna. Their crossed paths threaten the first family and the outcome of an election on the horizon.August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-lgbtq short-story
‘Peace Within’ By Lenny, , Story of a Female InmateAugust 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘Peace Within’ By Lenny, , Story of a Female InmateAugust 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘poetry’ By Big AL, , This is a poetry submission. It's two poems, God's Sea and The Ship (397 word count).August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-motivational-inspirational short-story
‘Wall of shame ‘ By Princess 👑 Envy, , The story of my life as a stripper and all around hustler getting to the bad. At the same time would love to serve God but the streets keep callingAugust 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-young-adult short-story
‘The Pain Reliever’ By Big AL, , John Simmons was re-ended by a drunk with no insurance. Now, he's lost his job, is drowning in debt, and addicted to Fentanyl. Suicide seems to be the only way out. Can John rebound with an epiphany that can save his life and his marriage? This short story addresses societies growing addiction to opioids, and the pain they can cause while trying to relieve pain...August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-self-help-personal-development short-story
‘Gadsilly, the Giraffe that Ate Cleveland’ By David Giles, , A satire of modern culture and old bad moviesAugust 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Unlikely Heroes’ By Babie Kane, , In a bleak enslaved world an unlikely hero emerges from the very depths of mythology and our darkest nightmares. Can humanity overcome its fears to embrace what is likely its only hope for freedom? Is unity, peace and freedom a long dead dream or will the beast of our nightmares ignite our passion for life again?August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-dystopian short-story
‘Unveiling Possibilities: Embracing an Adult Gap Year for Career Transition and Freedom’ By Grayson McKinley, , Discovering how taking time off from your career can be a catalyst for personal growth, self-discovery, and embracing a new chapter of life filled with passion, purpose, and boundless opportunities.August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-self-help-personal-development short-story
‘Heaven’s Warrior’ By Brianne Saunders, , A short poem about my mother’s fight with Lung Cancer. I hope this piece touches the hearts of those who have been through something similar. May their memory live on for as long as air fills your lungs. Just breathe. ************************ Heaven’s Warrior With shadow’s cast in fate’s cruel heart, A soul still young, withering apart. Your skin still smooth, not a wrinkle to see, If only Cancer never took you from me. The sickness spread fast; a disease of life, Only giving us all mere months to suffice. I cried as I watched your energy grow thin, As the medicine ate you up from within. Your long brown hair falling out on the floor, Blue eyes dimming, vibrant no more. Once plump red lips, now kissed too pale, I held on so tight, your body now frail. I prayed to God, take me instead, Yet every morning I woke up in bed. I was so angry, so hurt, so utterly torn, How could you take a mother, leaving children to mourn? I miss your smile, your laugh, your hug My heart stopped when we pulled the plug. You fought with such fire, such vigor, and grace, Yet your soul flew home to God’s embrace.August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-families-relationships short-story
‘Heaven’s Warrior’ By Brianne Saunders, , A short poem about my mother's fight with Lung Cancer. I hope this piece touches the hearts of those who have been through something similar. May their memory live on for as long as air fills your lungs. Just breathe.August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-families-relationships short-story
‘Love Hurts’ By Rod Martin, , Marci, a college coed falls for Ian who says he's the owner of a talent agency which turns out to be a cover for porn films. After a painful break up, she plots her painful revenge.August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘non lost’ By W.w.forte, , upon Awakening Jameson feels himself being watched. several figures hover over him ,as his sight comes back to his groggy eyes he thinks he recognizoes some of the faces. But Amelia Earhart and DB Cooper couldn't be here....wait... I am, was on a flight to... .August 24, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-adventure short-story
‘Monsters @ Night’ By Silver, , A campsite with a little haunting history to it, legend tells of shrieks howls and screams fill the haunting atmosphere night, monsters that will trick you in to staying forever. people go in, but they don’t make it out! The woods and lake are all connected.August 23, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘Untill we met’ By Alexia Demirdjian, , We see from the inside the windshield of a car, with a closed but transparent hood. The Increasingly colorful route and women's hands leading to SHE sticks her hand out the window while making waves. The sun begins to hide as The voice of the protagonist, a woman of about 45 years It counts almost as a thought that escapes. SHE (off) They say that before entering the sea, the river trembles with fear... look back, the winding road that crossed and go towards ahead an ocean so vast, that entering it is like disappear forever... the car advances on the road and after several zigzags slows down and stops abruptly. Something metallic and sharp bounces off the bottom of the auto.la naphtha spills on the road. SHE (off) But there is no other way. He river can't come back. Nobody can return. Going back is impossible existence. only when entering in it, fear will disappear and you know it's not about disappear into it, but become ocean.August 23, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-positive-social-transformation short-story
‘Until we met.’ By Alex, , We see from the inside the windshield of a car, with a closed but transparent hood. The Increasingly colorful route and women's hands leading to SHE sticks her hand out the window while making waves. The sun begins to hide as The voice of the protagonist, a woman of about 45 years It counts almost as a thought that escapes. SHE (off) They say that before entering the sea, the river trembles with fear... look back, the winding road that crossed and go towards ahead an ocean so vast, that entering it is like disappear forever... the car advances on the road and after several zigzags slows down and stops abruptly. Something metallic and sharp bounces off the bottom of the auto.la naphtha spills on the road. SHE (off) But there is no other way. The river can't come back. Nobody can return. Going back is impossible existence. only when entering in it, fear will disappear and you know it's not about disappear into it, but become ocean.August 23, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-positive-social-transformation short-story
‘Love Doesn’t Mean FOOL’ By Punteas Wakumi Jin, , How a single mom came up with organizing a donation drop yard and making trips give to homeless and other persons that are considered forgotten.August 23, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-positive-social-transformation short-story
‘Scarlet’ By Angela Dawn Russell, , An alliterative prose/flash fiction piece based on memoir, utilizing fantasy and fairy tale elements to illustrate the heroine's battle with her demons/fictional protagonist/ghosts of the past.August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program short-story who-will-save-the-hero-tales-of-chosen-ones-slaying-the-demons-within
‘Where Is Bob?’ By T Scott Sparks, , The Unites States Space Force is conducting a secret manned space mission to study the effects of long-term space travel on humans. But there is a twist!August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Book of Lehona’ By Stefan simmons, , Ellie Altorius works in her parents library where she must guard a magic book the Book of Lehona. When the book is stolen and the library is buened to the ground she must go on a journey to find other librarians and get her book back.August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Six Toys ‘ By Braac Rhiley, , Group of teens go camping, one by one they disappear. No trace. Years into the future, a child finds them but not what they were.August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘Where the Rats Reside’ By Morgan Mathews, , A society's once vibrant humanity has been smothered by a suffocating regime known as the Divine Province. Citizens are expected to obey the lies of the Province as the piles of bodies rise in the wake of their unchecked power. In this bleak realm, smiles are manufactured, laughter hollow, and genuine human connection extinguished. The Province enforces a rigid medieval-like structure, forcing women to shroud their bodies in masks resembling mice, symbolizing their subjugation. Conformity reigns, and women's voices are stifled, dreams reduced to mere whispers. These women are forbidden from engaging with men and must remain silent unless addressed. Their bodies stripped of autonomy are under the control of the government, a consequence of a society that emerged from a nuclear war but evolved into an authoritarian cult. Under the pretext of security, the Province wields an advanced technology called "Mindlink" connecting citizens' minds to a centralized network, erasing memories of the past and quashing any flicker of rebellion. A list of rules, growing in number as deifance persists, hangs in every home and public space, enforcing strict obedience. Punishments range from lashings to public executions, and the Province's chilling signature "Infra Nos" accompanies each decree. There is no hope. And there is no escape.August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-dystopian short-story
‘Snickerbobble ‘ By Feather Lloyd, , Snickerbobble was a happy young man. He had everything he could ask for. A well off family, supportive town, money. Deep down something just didn’t feel right.August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-childrens-fiction short-story
‘Combat Fatigue’ By Morgan Mathews, , Silence. A sound Charles Anderson was far too familiar with. He spent years in a P.O.W. camp just waiting to be rescued or the day that death would take him. He was nineteen when he was drafted into the Vietnam war. He was the all-American son that any parent would have dreamed of, but any youthful enthusiasm had now long passed. A treaty was signed that signifies America’s submission from the war, and the prisoners are rescued from their camps. But through years of vivid horror and torture, Charles Anderson would never be the same. He returns to his small town in the United States, but feels as though he never left the war. He is met with backlash from citizens as they throw both physical and metaphorical stones. He and other returning veterans are treated like murderers as the consequences of war have reverberated long after its end. Charles struggles to get back on his feet while he also fights vivid nightmares of the war and the torture he endured; leaving his mind a confusing mess.August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-historical-fiction short-story
‘Poetry Collection’ By Morgan Mathews, , This collection of poems was written following the death of my grandfather as well as my cat when I felt the lowest in my life. I was dealing with loss and a family that was falling apart. I felt betrayed and the only way to follow my feelings was to move a pen about paper. These are a chosen few of my personal favorites from the hundreds that I wrote. Each dealing with the feelings of death, loss, and betrayal.August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-positive-social-transformation short-story
‘Beutiful Country’ By Christophe Willermoz, , The tranquil of a remote island with its both visible and invisible mystery.August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘Crosswalk Blues’ By Ema Almon, , A collection of five short poems all written from, about, or to the road, "Crosswalk Blues" seeks to explore the casual and catastrophic inner turmoil a young woman might most easily confront alone on her daily commute.August 22, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-young-adult short-story
‘Davey Jones: Heavyweight Champion of the World ‘ By Carl Chase, , Davey is young black kid growing up in the slums of Chicago. Who saw his father die from a overdose of drugs, at the young age of 15. Over comes a prison sentence but goes on to become Heavyweight Champion of the world.August 21, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-romance short-story
‘The Number Tattoo ‘ By Hank Landry, , In the middle sixties a young altar boy encounters a priest unlike any before. The altar boy has always been infatuated with WW ll. The priest is past the age and health of maintaining a parish. He is sent as relief to pastors as they take vacations and sabbaticals. A friendship develops over two summers between the priest and the young altar boy. One morning, after mass, Father Fenstad shows the altar boy, Hank, something that is said in Latin each time the prayers of consecration is said. Hanq Igitor. Hank is told this word is his name in Latin. It is a part of the mass that can never be changed. The good father tells Hank he has been chosen. His name can never be taken from the prayer of the mass. Upon the pastors return for Ireland, Father Fenstad returns home. Hank is told that the visiting priest was touched for his service on the altar. The newly refreshed pastor tells of Father Fenstad’s injury. A year passes and the visiting priest returns as he did the summer before. Near the end of his stay the priest arrives at church for morning mass in pain from his injuries. Hank must be the priest legs on the altar for mass. Miracles take place during the mass. Words are heard from heaven. Once mass is concluded Father Finstad relates to Hank the tragedy that befell him as a young man, and that of his kid brother as they were captive in the Auschwitz prison during the war. It is gut wrenching, and the two share the experience that will now affect both of their lives.August 21, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-religion-spirituality short-story
‘Poems’ By Tracey Hankins, , A collection of Poems. Each has its own title.August 21, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-young-adult short-story
‘Bloody Watson’ By John Perez, , During a Spring Break Trip from college, a group of students decide to camp in the Florida Everglades for a few nights. They happen upon an Island which is haunted by the Spirit of Ed Watson, a true historical character who murdered dozens of people throughout the US and in the Everglades during the Late 1800's and early 1900's. Inspired by true events, this mystery thriller combines the Historical story of Ed Watson with current times and young adults. A sexy thriller, based in Sunny South Florida, with a twist ending no one saw coming.August 21, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-thriller short-story
‘Way Down in Egypt Land’ By Benjamin Armstrong, , During the American Civil War a wounded slave owner is greeted by unlikely people.August 21, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-history short-story
‘Threw the wilderness ,before the promise land’ By Bridgette Hayes, , In life their are stages we go threw..we have dreams goals aspirations..often times majority of times we have to go threw difficulies before getting there...August 20, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘The Midnight Beach’ By K. Davez, , Greek mythological fictional description of a beach at midnight.August 20, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘The dtrength of water and the power of Love’ By Stacey Ireland, , Over comming TragedyAugust 20, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-motivational-inspirational short-story
‘The Wolf’s Heir: Katrine’s Awakening’ By L.V. Luca, , Introducing "The Wolf's Heir: Katrine's Awakening" - a tale of self-discovery, empowerment, and conquering fears. Join Katrine, a human woman with a lineage of wolves and witches, as she embarks on a transformative journey that challenges her beliefs and tests her inner strength. Seeking refuge and purpose on the moon of her ancestors, Katrine faces rejection and threats. Will she reclaim her rightful place and find personal peace? Unleash the power within and break free from fear's grip in this captivating story of resilience and triumph.August 20, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘The Weymouth Wanderer’ By Maria Buller, , A man caught between his WWII post traumatic stress and alcoholism strikes up a deal with a sinister man using his mortal soul as collateral.August 20, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘Celestial Warfare’ By Daisy McCurtain, , When Heaven's cockiest reaper goes missing, the Angel of Protection is willing to risk everything to find and rescue him - even his wings.August 20, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘This Too Will Pass’ By Ruby Smith, , Whatever you are dealing with , it won't last forever. Our troubles will pass when God says ok enough is enough. I am bringing my child out of this you are going through a season but this too will passAugust 20, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-motivational-inspirational short-story
‘God Walks These Dark Hiils’ By Alan Place, , A sceptic has his conceot of religion challenged when he has a car accident, and gets recued a mysterious couple.August 19, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-religion-spirituality short-story
‘Done Deal!! (Permanently)’ By Peggy Vanthul, , This is a story of a business partnership gone wrong.August 19, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-true-crime short-story
‘Mistakes We Make’ By Richard McFarlin, , Josh is a near broke dog walker, who supplements his income by stealing from his clients. He gets a new gig with some very odd people walking their dog. When he tries to steal from them he understands very quickly that there are certain mistakes we make in life that are often times fatal.August 19, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-horror short-story
‘Seven Minutes’ By Ellyne, , Rowan Queen is the star of campus hockey. Popular, cocky, but behind the mask, he's a different man. Everyone's a fan, he's the life of the party, but he wants nothing more in his heart than to be a tattoo artist. So he decides to change majors and start following his true dreams besides hockey. He never wanted to go pro, yet everyone expects him to make it to the NHL. Except for one person. Millie Zakharov. They meet at a party, a dressing room to be exact, when they participate in the Seven Minutes of Heaven game. They start talking and realize how much they have in common. She's also an art student studying to be a producer, so she doesn't like athletes. After a kiss, she runs away and Rowan does his best to find her. That's all he need. The fact that she doesn't want Rowan at first just burns him up. This happens, and now that they are both studying in the same department, they can't avoid each other. The hockey player decides to woo the girl, who is the complete opposite of the sorority girls he has dated before. The girl is wild, tattooed, and NOT BLONDE. He likes it because Millie is actually much closer to his world. Through humorous, romantic moments, Rowan convinces her that the two of them would be perfect together. Millie struggles with herself, but eventually gives in and realizes she's been misreading Rowan Queen. Sure, jealousy, misunderstood people, and the hockey world are there behind them like a shadow, but together they create their own world. Rowan and Millie seem like opposites, but as he courts her and they get to know each other, they realize that they are both artists. Rowan carries scars in his heart from a bad coach who made him not want to play hockey so badly. She is helping him to come to terms with this, but in the meantime this past event comes between them when they meet the coach. Millie questions her confidence and whether she has a place in this strange world. Rowan refuses to let her go and holds on to his dream of getting a tattoo, while keeping hockey as a hobby. He conjures up a sweet old school movie scene (Say Anything’s recorder scene) to make her fall in love. They decide to give each other a real chance while balancing between the two worlds, and they succeed very well. Rowan sets off on the road to tattoo success, while Millie is also fighting for her dreams of becoming a producer. The book ends with sweet text conversations. The end of the book also reveals which of their friends will develop a love affair, which will be the subject of the next book.August 19, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-young-adult short-story
‘Dark Alice in the new wonderland ‘ By SonyaLee, , It's snippets of stories all combined into one like little stories for each characters .August 18, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-fantasy short-story
‘The Day Technology Died’ By Lj, , Everything in Dani's life was relatively normal; she got good grades in school, went to work, and took care of her kitten, Stickers. But all of that changed when every screen in her city ceased functioning. As the days went on, and Dani listened to the radio, the deviating reality of the situation came to a head. It wasn't just her city: this outage was global.August 18, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-science-fiction short-story
‘Something Casual’ By John Harris, , Lacy is finally ready to enter the dating world after her divorce from Gary Lowen. But the dating world has changed since her single days, with the insanity of the dating apps. When she finally meets a decent guy, she discovers he's a private investigator. He would love for her to join him as he travels for his next case. Who's he looking for, Lacy asks. Gary Lowen.August 18, 2023Voteanthology-program contest-category-detective-mystery short-story