Before announcing the first place winner of our Flash Fiction Contest, I wanted to share some of the great resources the library has for young writers. First of all, the library provides free online classes in creative writing through a new service called UniversalClass, which offers courses on over 500 different topics. To log in, you’ll need your DBRL card number; your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).
Plan to stop by one of our three branches to check out some of our fun creative writing books like, “Write Where You Are” by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg or “Finish This Book” by Keri Smith. We also carry “Teen Ink,” a magazine whose contributors are all young adults. You might even consider submitting some of your own work!
Exercise some of your writing prowess by submitting a book review for publication at teens.dbrl.org. So far, we’ve collected over 40 teen book reviews on the most popular young adult literature, but we’re always looking for new recommendations! Simply complete your review using our online form and you’ll receive an email once it posts.
And now, DBRLTeen is proud to announce that Brandi Robison is the first place winner of our Flash Fiction Contest for her story “The Playmate.” She will receive a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble as her award. Congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to our talented teen patrons for their participation! To receive email reminders about our upcoming March Madness Book Tournament, be sure to register for our blog updates!
The Playmate by Brandi Robison
I paced the line between fact and fiction, dreams and reality, snarling at time. Time is forever the enemy of man and beast dictating our existence. Time oozed on, like near frozen elk’s blog, making the hairs within my nose itch.
At last the gate opened. My world ripped at the seams, splitting into two glorious dimensions: yours and ours. I leapt through the gaping hole in reality, entering a planet no longer alien to me, though I remained foreign to it.
“What was that?!” The shrill vibrations of humans’ speech hurt my ears. I growled beneath my breath, padding behind a shelf of books. “It came from the library!” called the other. Within moments, the door swung open. I dropped, crawling behind the shelves until I blocked their only path of escape. I let out a sharp howl. It was raw, unlike anything a creature of this earth could produce, slicing the air like 10,000 knives. The humans turned slowly towards me. I parted my lips into a smile, wagging my tail, “Won’t you come and play?”
I licked my muzzle, looking down at my bountiful prize. There came a hiss from behind. I turned. My book opened to the page from which I’d come. I dragged the corpses across the slick tile, drooling as I went and stole them into my story, grinning with joy. I couldn’t wait until my next play date. Until then, on to the girl with the hood.
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