18   561 readings 5 min
Lying in the dark, he whispered their names. The same names he whispered every morning.

“Spencer, Mack, Jones, and Cox.”

Luke Murphy woke up before the alarm, not because he ... [+]

Finalist - Jury Selection
Set Stories Free 2018
2   33 readings 5 min
After my mind fully communicated my whereabouts to my eyes, I immediately realized that I didn’t want to be here. I quickly shut my eyes in hopes of catching another glimpse of that blissful dream. ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
2   19 readings 3 min


Tye, ago

The lights, the cameras, the crowd---the vibrations below his feet, they were what he loved---lived for. His loved ones, he could recall, asked why he chose to do what he did.

Why sing? ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
1   29 readings 5 min
Glittering snowflakes drifted gently from the grey skies like colorless confetti in a brilliant wonderland. Cold and sharp, it blanketed the earth like a blank canvas, eagerly awaiting to be ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
2   34 readings 5 min

A Birds Cry

Shanee, ago

She didn’t want to do it anymore. Her breaths were coming out ragged and sharp, and her throat was extremely dry. She could feel the cold wrapping around her, like a large hand trying to choke her, ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
1   11 readings 5 min
It was fall, and the traffic lights were changing to gorgeous shades of yellow and red. Charlie Aires paid them no mind. He was pushing eighty, dropping speed only when one exit and then the next to ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
0   11 readings 5 min
I was fifteen years old when it happened. I lived with my family, which included my mom, dad, my sister Lea, and my brother John, who was the same age as me. John and I did everything together, ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
2   30 readings 3 min
Loser. The world would be better off without you. Those are phrases that stuck with Dante Clemson, a young boy from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Being of Dante’s color in the town that he lived in, ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
1   6 readings 5 min

Family Courage

lala, ago

It was a bright, cool, sunny morning in October in a small town in Maine close to the border. The population of this small town was about 1900 people. Every morning, the air smelled of fresh baked... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
1   15 readings 3 min
Part One

Operation Deadlock was a very bloody operation in our corrupt world where there is only war and bloodshed left. I would describe it as more like something you would expect to see... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
1   9 readings 3 min
Here I am at this Face Your Fears Event about to do something I've never been able to do. My mind took me back to that unforgettable day.

I entered a stall in the girls' bathroom. Assured ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
1   20 readings 3 min

Nicholas jerked his head up at the sound, the word ‘hypothesis’ left unfinished on his paper.

His grip on his pencil tightened.

He hated blood. And he ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
1   16 readings 3 min
Being a cat isn’t easy during these times, especially when there are humans around.
I remember the day I first rescued my human. I don’t remember anything about my real family, my mother and ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
1   10 readings 5 min

The Deep End

Alex, ago

Upon seeing the diving board, Jack performed the Eddy test. That is Jack looked at his friend Eddy and made sure he wasn’t the only one unimpressed.

“Huh,” Eddy said, “maybe it ... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
2   13 readings 5 min
It was raining when I left. The heat drained from my cheeks and I welcomed the drench, pairing with my shame the way only rain can. As I walked home, the shame remained, but it folded in on itself... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018
4   16 readings 5 min
As the teleporter transported me to the spaceship emitting the distress signal, it became clear that its inside was as bad as its outside. Scarlet sirens blared rhythmically. I heard hurried footsteps... [+]

Set Stories Free 2018