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First Nightlight Reading Short Story Contest Winners Announced


Nightlight Reading received  229 submissions from 19 countries for our First Nightlight Reading Short Story Contest with the theme of adventure. We are pleased to announce our winners:

FIRST PLACE: ($1,000 prize)
Writer: Hans Weidman
Story: “Terramond”

SECOND PLACE:  ($500 prize)
Writer: Nick Nafpliotis
Story: “Midnight Ride” 

THIRD PLACE:  ($300 prize)
Writer: Robert Robeson
Story: “Missions of Mercy in Simi Valley”

First Place: “Terramond” Short Synopsis
In a virtual reality world, Matt and his friends Damian and Karim embark on a danger-fraught mission to reach Mount Arula. En route, they meet a mysterious online player who unravels a dark secret in Matt’s past as they battle monstrosities across the plains of Terramond.

Second Place: “Midnight Ride” Short Synopsis
John always enjoyed band trips, especially the midnight bus rides they took to get there. It was the one of the few places he got to have some quiet time to himself. But on this ride, something ancient and evil is following them. John will need call on his own strength and that of his best friends if they want to survive the night.

Third Place: “Missions of Mercy in Simi Valley” Short Synopsis
Dakota Yellowfeather, a sixth-grade transfer student to Comanche Elementary School from the Simi Valley Indian Reservation School, and new friend, Trev Romines, assist Trev’s dad in a daring helicopter ride to rescue reservation families by flying through a dangerous canyon.