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Announcing the Second Round of the 2022 Launch Pad Prose Competition!

By December 17, 2021No Comments

Congratulations to the Second Rounders from this year’s competition! Our Top 100 Finalists will be announced on February 4th.

Writer(s) Title
Alan Larson A Blind Eye
Sophie Neville A Girl Called Redemption
Susan Hahn A Glimpse at the Eclipse
Josh Taylor A Most Peculiar Stakeout
Lisa Renee Jones A Perfect Lie
Kirsten Boswell A Secret of Red and Ruin
Anton Emarv After the Country’s Gone, Part III
Gray Winsler After the Fall
Beth Ford After the Spirits Come
Jay Gilbertson All of Me
Saul Rubin Animalia
Amanda ReCupido Anna
Don Gibson Anori
Joe Cooke Art of the Kill
Elizabeth Crowens Babs and Basil, and the Hounds of the Hollywood Baskervilles
Sam Ritter Balance
Cara Highsmith Be Careful What You Wish For series
Phyllis Hollenbeck Beyond Beauty
Lawrence Allan Pontius Big Fat F@!K Up
Conrad Walters Black Snowman
Gabriel Giroto BO in: The Chalk of Weird Majir
Monique La Terra Brothers of Dawn
Nicole & Mike Comforto Buzzworthy
Patsy Stagner Cal Thought He Might Be a Replicant
Kermit Lopez Cibolero
Bill Garwin City of Schemes
Lindy Hudis City Of Toys
Dave Clair Clouds Clearing
James Ross Coldwater Revenge
Vanessa Gray Condolences and Casseroles
Lisa Schlegel Coyote Dad Gets Hacked
Loren Cooper CrossTown
Susan Bavaria Cuddling the Cactus
David Lesser Danny’s Awesome Toy
Kirsten Boswell Darkness Shines
Kevin Engelking Don’t Shoot The Piano Player
Alicia Yang Duck Roast on the 38th Parallel
Teigan Isobel Emma & The Gobbling Bandits
Catherine Boyd Erased
Ashley Wylie Everything You Want is in One Location (EYWOL)
Colton Green Extra Innings
George Ducker Fakers
Marc Warren Far From The Tree
Kim Kolarich Far Rockaway
Adam McCulloch Flood Money
Twist Phelan Footprints in Water – a short story
Faisal Ansari Frog Town – The Raj of Echo Park
Tina Tazekand Full Disclosure
Jeremiah Murphy Gary
MH Handleman Ghost Dick
William Waxman Gllu Boy and the Seven Abominations
Cheryl Suma Gods Playground
Morgan Hatch Gone To Ground
Samuel Finn Heartbeat
Raquel Levitt Hell Slowly Creeps
David Snyder Hero of the Day
Jon Lindstrom Hollywood Ending
C. D. ‘Pete’ Peterson Home Front
Carol Lazare How Bad Will Clea Get?
James Cusick How to Steal a Hominid
Gary Dyck Huldufolk: The Hidden Ones
Nicole Carter I Was the Moon
Bobby Miller I Wish Kevin Was A Bag Of Sand
Celia Rettenmaier I’ll Miss You Yesterday
Pamela Danforth Yaco Immortal Alchemy
Kathleen Holmes In the Shadow of Koenig’s Sphere
Lisa Renee Jones Inside Out
Matthew Meagher Irish Town
Gary Blackwood Iron and Steel
Annie Wood Just a Girl in the Whirl
Jennifer Milne Kitty Doolittle: Stay at Home P.I.
Harris Kauffman Landlocked Sushi in the Dead Camel Mountains
Jan Marlyn Reesman Larceny In My Soul – Life of a Playboy Bunny
Rick Miners Life After Death
Larry Hendricks Marble Birds
Unnamed Marlowe
Catherine Keane Meet Jack
Melissa Mitchell Memento Mori: Paris 1971
Alan Larson Mexizona (An American Dream)
T.Jay O’Brien Michelangelo, Leonardo & Gus
Matt Healy Middleberg
Dahlia Dennison Midnight Lilies in Velvita
Juan Villegas Miss Fortune
Bonnie Ilyse Tunick Miss Minnie’s Boarding House
Eddie Brescia Missing Sara
Alex Morton Mythos
Stephanie Bousley Nepali for ‘Duct Tape’
Mike Waterston Night Shift
Michael Galat Not Funny At All
Brian del Rio NothingGold.Exe
Allen Blackwell Number 14
Ronald McGuire Oculus 12
Wislon Macduff Odyssey
Tanya Klein Of Pumpers and Bathers
Luba Schuyler One Girl Ran
Rob Sheely Open Sorcery
Debbie Schrack Over the Fence
Joan Meyerson Paris F*cked Me
Dana Dillon Patriot Day
Azenath Adede Payment Made
Jessica Wood Pig
James Boanerges Policeman’s Handbook
Michael Schwartz Project Wild
Alessio Ricciuti Recollection
Joshua Scicluna Red Hot
Thomas Thonson Rescue Bot
M.D. Waters Rise – Valley of the Dolls
Katie Antonsson San Camilio
Kyle Kallman School Shooter’s Guide to Making Friends
Aaron Brock Dehn Scurry Back
Sarai Koo Seoul Food
Akanisi Radu Seven Years Traveling Alone
Mara Adamitz Scrupe Shard or Drift or Husk
Noah Pohl Shasta Girl
Dean Serravalle She’s Alive Again
Andrew Phillips Shoes
Kevin O’Hare Shut-Eye
Azenath Adede Sisters
Allison Hong Merrill Six Sage Society
K.C. Nayfield Some of My Best Patients Were Animals
Jonathan Doyle Someone so Happy
Larry Solidarity Space Hurricane
Jarrett Early Station
Robert C. Frink Stela
Kariamu Cross Susceptible Mercenary
Sallie Bingham Taken by Indians
John Broadhead Talking Man
Robert OMalley Terraforming
Aimée Kwan The After and The Before
Edward Kilbourn The Bert Initiation
Ally Iseman The Bird Who Was Afraid to Fly
Drew Ross The Chair in the Garden
Todd Sorrell The Christmas Witch Chronicles: Malakhim Wars
Mosby Barley The Cop Killer of Tade County
Aidan Chesemore The Eclipse and the Boy
Aaron Sprecher The Elevator Up To Hell
Strul Fieldgrass The Entanglement
Juan Villegas The Evolutionary Dreams of Gregoria Vega
Jasmeen Siddiqui The First After
David Vienna The Freek Of Leesville
Adam Sleper The Giant of Illinois
Smiley Thakur The Healer’s Touch
Stuart Hardy The Hidden Country
Kay Smith-Blum The House on Desco Drive
Brian Kagan The Island Way
Simon Paniora The Lady Palace
Tali Alexander The Last Boyar
Tanya Klein The Last Historian
Carolina Caro The Lies My Immigrant Parents Told Me
Kelly Pierce The Lies of Love
Unnamed The Little Death
Cory Motycki The Long Sprint Home
Michael Kramer The Mad Queen and Lavender Farm
Sophie Neville The Man Who Got Out of Japan
Richard Geiwitz The Man Who Struck Out Joe DiMaggio
Paula Conner The Moon Is Broken
Eric Vasallo The Mysterious Disappearance of Colby Blue
Bill Walker The Normandy Club
Chrysler Szarlan The Other One
Lorraine Brown The Paris Connection
Daria Salamon The Prairie Bridesmaid
Aaron Brooks The Red Light System
Andi Valdez The Road Trip
Arthur Geis The Rocket Scientist
Matthew Morde The Royal Coroner
Hayden Roper The Shattered Universe
Charles Sellner The Storyteller
Katherine Hill Brown The Summer Girl
Cody Pearce The Swamp Rex
Janna Grace The Talkers are Talking Book 1
Moses Frenck The True Story of The Richest Kid in School
Alianna Jaqua The Walk
Noah Pohl The Watcher
Charlene Clarke-Todoruk The Wood in the Window
Becca Mann The Wrongdoers
Allison Mick These Woods
Graham Kirkham They Used to Call Me Chaplin
Harrison Voss This Banquet of Blood
Jesse Kendall Thoughtless Atoms
April Sebree Through the Woods
Drew Westcott Time and Place
Barbara de la Cuesta To Buena
Deborah Riley Tuesday Afternoon/Wednesday Morning
A.J. Hamer Tuscan Shadows
Kathy MacKay Unacceptable Risk: A Memoir of Marriage and Tainted Blood
Mary-Denise Tabar Uncontrolled Detonations
Noah Pohl Undertow
Marie Arsenault Vancouver Skies
Benjamin Gleisser Viewer Discretion Is Advised
Jen Knox We Arrive Uninvited
Joshua Rodgers We Rest In The Dark
Celia Rettenmaier When I Grow Up I Want To Be a No One
Robert Herold Witch Ever Way You Go
Leslie Durr Women’s Studies
Thomas Thonson Wrestling Demons
Kaitlin Pradhan Yasmina and the Fairyland Fete
David Lesser Zack Cressid is Invisible!
Melvin Sterne Zara

Make sure to check back for further announcements! Full details about the competition can be found here.

(As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing prize, regardless of making the Second Round, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners)

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