This Winner Glows

We are pleased to announce the winner of the SciFi/Fantasy/Horror category of our OUT OF THE SLUSH PILE, Novel Journey’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame Contest. We’re also pleased that everyone liked the same entry best, so there was no need for bloodshed. The judges agreed the writing is tight and moves the story forward, and the characters are realistic and have depth. All things considered, it’s a strong, compelling story. But don’t take our word for it; decide for yourself.Here’s this month’s winner: Glow, by MarcyKate Connolly of Tempe, Arizona. GLOW by MarcyKate Connolly

Chapter 1

The Deadline
When I left the Boston Public Library that night, the moon was high and so full it was almost daylight. The stone steps of the library and Trinity Church across the street were much clearer than they normally would be at ten o’clock. A row of trees lined the small park in front of the church and threw awkward shadows into Copley Square. Restaurants and bars up and down the street were open, their sparkling lights giving them away, but I felt completely alone—an odd feeling to have in the middle of the city. “Excuse me, ma’am.” A young girl, no older than eight or nine, stood behind me with her hands clasped in front of her. Her brown hair was so dark it was nearly black and when she lifted her head, I discovered she had bright violet eyes. I sucked my breath in sharply. What was this beautiful child doing out so late at night? “Will you buy me a hot chocolate, please?” she asked, tilting her head to one side. “Buy you a hot chocolate?” I said, puzzled. “Yes, please. I’m going to read your palm, but it’s chilly out here. It’s better if we go somewhere warm,” she explained in a matter-of-fact tone. “You’re going to read my palm?” “Of course. You need to pay more attention to your future.” Smiling, she slipped her small hand in mine and led me down the street.
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