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80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition Collection by Editors of Writer's Digest

By Editors of Writer's Digest

The editors of Writer's Digest are happy to proportion with you the successful entries in every one classification of the eightieth Annual Writer's Digest Writing festival, in addition to the Grand Prize-winning tale, Boy Witch, via John T. Biggs.

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Torn off limbs, mangled bodies…bad magic…” I shake my head and swallow, so hard that it hurts, leading to a partly compressed moan. ” My dad is almost laughing now. “Bad magic? That’s a child’s fantasy. ” “That’s not true,” I say, shaking my head. “Hannah saw it, she says the did it to her parents, her little brother, he’s only a kid, its real—” “Be that as it may, you’re my son, Phillip. ” “Oh, yeah, dad, you’ve been doing great,” I spit. “You can handle everything, can’t you? Mom leaving, the cancer, the fact that you’re going to die in less than a few months!

Ayashe’s people regarded Na-non-ga-be as a great leader again. He walked through the village, his shoulders high as if a crow were perched on each one. Na-non-ga-be continued to take Ayashe to the forest to hunt and trap. One day, while they were crouched to catch a rabbit, two giant crows landed in front of them. Both Ayashe and Na-non-ga-be stayed still so as not to scare them, but the crows approached. One flew and perched on Na-non-ga-be’s shoulder. The other moved to Ayashe, landing firmly on her shoulder.

Time to make his move. He had a clear path for the door and a double handful of Circle K money in addition to the plastic sack filled with stolen merchandise. Six steps toward the gas pumps and a sharp left. He could hear the clerks behind him. They still weren’t calling out for him to stop. And they wouldn’t. Because that’s when Queenie showed herself. Came out of nowhere, standing on a few stray bills and coins Danny dropped when he made his turn. He didn’t wait and see what happened next. Like most magical things, all the really cool special effects happened out of sight.

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