THE MIDNIGHT HOST // Gregory Neil Harris – 6750 words
Koda and Donnie are two young city boys, hauled into the Virginia countryside by their grandma to meet distant relatives. When the brothers stray into forbidden tobacco fields, old evils arise to bind them to the land forever.
RECLAIMING TESS // Brittany Smith – 6829 words
Despite years of enduring her grandmother’s disdain, Tess is growing into her own and earned the respect of the family’s enigmatic patron god in the process. But succeeding her grandmother as the wielder of his power may well tear her family apart.
CORIALIS // T.L. Huchu – 7019 words
On a moon teeming with unicellular life forms that may form an inchoate intelligence, a pioneer realizes that any lasting human settlement requires an offering on a level far deeper than anyone had imagined.
AN IRRATIONAL LOVE // Marika Bailey – 15206 words
In a kingdom characterized by unbridled greed, realities converge in a cycle of shadow and gold. Will those held prisoner by avarice and darkness find their way free, or will they be chained there forever?
Not an ordinary dream // Dike Okoro