Original short stories.

“How the Grinch Stole Thanksgiving” by Anne Vuxton

All holidays are not magical. And everyone’s mother is not Martha Stewart. What happens when a well-intentioned mother dreams of creating the perfect Thanksgiving? Mishaps, mistakes, and misgivings! How each family member handles the problems is insightful and humorous. No perfect families anywhere, but some Thanksgivings are more memorable than others!

“Towheaded Boy and the Three Little Keys” by Alexander Sharov

Fiction – This fairy tale/parable is about the consequences of our choices and seeing the miraculous in the world around us.

“Falling Free” by Marjorie E. Brody

This is a story about the man who found himself at the end of his rope. But no matter how bad things are, there is always a way out…

“Equilibrium” by Laura Hinkle

How would you handle the loss of a leg in a horrific car crash? Our third-place winner for fiction, Laura Hinkle, describes how one young woman met with Triumph and Disaster and the long, arduous road she traveled to find a way to treat those two impostors just the same.

“Imposture” by Marvin Rabinovitch

You’ll be more than impressed with the historic detail Marvin Rabinovitch brings to his story that takes our second-place prize for fiction. His tale of intrigue and betrayal set in ancient Rome artfully represents Kipling’s ideal that “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same…you’ll be a Man, my son.”

“Geriatric Mischief Makers” by Anne Vuxton

Our first-place winner for fiction, Anne Vuxton, “fills the unforgiving minute” with her delightful sense of humor in her story demonstrating the hilariously provable premise that old age is exactly what you make of it–and her characters are deviously determined to make the most of the time they have left!

“Thief” By Yana N. Troinich

Sometimes the path towards betterment starts with the worst action in your life; in order to become better, you must first acknowlege that you aren’t the person you could–and should–be.

“Sisyphus” by Yuri Alexandrovich Nikitin

Fiction – Legends tells of Sisyphus, the first king of Corinth. Having seen his cruelty and trickery, the gods condemned him to roll a huge boulder up a steep hill; but before he could reach the top of the hill, the rock would always roll back down, forcing him to begin all over again. The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word “sisyphean” as “endless and unavailing, as labor or a task”. This is how his story is commonly understood. But here is a different take on Sisyphus’ legend…

“The Twilight of an Era” by Mark Pevsner and Alexei Pehov

Fiction. If neither foe nor loving friend can hurt you… But even the strongest among us may have wounds that won’t heal. This is one of those stories you cannot talk about without spoiling it.

“The Ascent” by Michael (Misha) Shengaout

Fiction. “Why do mountain climbers climb mountains? Can it really be just for the glorious view from the top? Weeks of suffering just for the beautiful scenery at the end of the road? I think the point is the ascent itself. However, life sometimes offers climbs even higher than Mount Everest. ” This story is inspired by Viktor Frankl, who appears as one of its fictional characters.