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FIRST PLACE: "THE PAPER ROUTE," by Danny M. Howell, email@example.com
To pay the rent demanded by his unemployed father, a fifteen year old boy must collect a way past due newspaper bill from a crazy redneck neighbor. The boy's collection efforts lead him to discover an escape route out of his oppressive life-but fleeing would mean leaving his little brother behind in the clutches of his abusive dad.
SECOND PLACE:"BOSTON STRONG BOY," by Lee S. Shipman, firstname.lastname@example.org
In 19th century Boston young Irishman John L. Sullivan fights poverty and racism, rising to fame and fortune at the top of the shadowy world of bare- knuckle boxing. But the toughest fight of his life- turns out to be against booze.
THIRD PLACE: "NOT HERE, YOU WON'T," by Jack Kilpatrick, email@example.com
The residents of Gwynwillis, a hamlet in Wales, all expect to follow their ancestors and one day be buried in the village cemetery. Wrong. The scheming new mayor declares it illegal to die in Gwynwillis-unless you buy a plot in the mayor's new competing boneyard down the road. The plotting and dirt slinging have just begun.
HONORABLE MENTION (alphabetical by author):
"DEATH TAKES A VACATION," by Gil Christner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweet but depressed hotel manager Emily discovers she cannot commit suicide because the Angel of Death has checked into her resort to take a break, and he refuses to work. Emily finds herself falling in love with the Reaper as her greedy family and friends scheme to use the Angel of Death for their own fast buck agendas.
"KENNEDY'S LIST," by John Cripe, email@example.com
A Vietnam era MIA soldier returns home after living in rural China for 30 years. Summoned before a congressional committee, he reveals secrets that turn Washington upside down. His testimony of death and betrayal leads to a purging act of violence.
"THROUGH ANGLES' EYES," by James C. Schlicker, firstname.lastname@example.org
A 12 year old boy's obsession with angels brings him face to face with the one sent to collect his mother's soul. As the boy fights to save his mom's life, this death angel proves to be full of surprises. Is the angel a hated adversary-- or a mentor come to train the boy for a very special mission?
"STICKS AND STONES," written by Kathryn Sheard, email@example.com
Lilly suffers from a rare condition--she feels no pain. Literally. When she barely escapes from a vicious attack, Lilly joins forces with the moody man who saved her life and a TV journalist in agony over his missing wife, to find this serial killer. Lilly discovers that helping her partners heal the only pain she can feel, too--heartache--is almost as important as stopping the murderer.
"SOMEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC" by Spencer Trajan, firstname.lastname@example.org
When World War II breaks out in the Pacific, a peace loving young man finds himself trapped deep behind enemy lines, sworn to protect his brother's fiancée. He must assume a warrior's identity and fight the Japanese in an epic battle for the Philippines.
An interview with screenwriter Danny Howell regarding the Hollywood Symposium Writing Competition.