Winning Short Story – Tell Me to Go by Thomas Cannon

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A naïve young man does not realize that his girlfriend is trying to get him to break up with her. She has most likely cheated on him, but his passivity is also to blame for their problems.

Why should this story be read by people?

It is a mainstream flash fiction story.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Paralytic naivety

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I love the Fisher King. With Jeff Bridges as a shock jock trying to find redemption and Robin Williams as a homeless person on a quest to find the Holy Grail, it is packed with humor and dramatic scenes.

How long have you been working on this story?

This is a story I wrote 20 years ago. Every so often I pull it out and change something small.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Absolutely! I love Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. His humor and timing is just so great. It is a meticulously plotted story.

What motivated you to write this story?

A breakup of my own.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would most like to have dinner with William Shakespeare. I almost picked Leonardo Da Vinci except I do not speak Italian.

And while I believe in the adage that you should not meet your heroes, there are so many questions about Shakespeare I would like to know. I would love to have a first hand account of how Shakespeare wrote and how he spent his days at The Globe.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about working with children with Autism. They have a unique, honest take on the world around us.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

This is a unique, interesting project. I love that it brings together to different forms of art and thought that the performer could add another dimension to my story.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

My advice is to be part of a writing community and support the writing in your community. This includes spreading the word and reviewing other authors.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: Murder is a Breeze by M Maureen Skahan

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A wronged chef kills an influential critic who caused the chef’s ruin.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

murder/thriller/

How would you describe this story in two words?

Cold revenge

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

To Kill a Mockingbird

How long have you been working on this story?

A month

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

A Time to Kill

What motivated you to write this story?

Story prompt in my writer’s group

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Cooking and wine

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

A challenge from my writer’s group mentor

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

First just write and keep writing. Second, be brave enough to share what you’ve written.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: THE MISCREANT by Lionel Walfish

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Fictionalized image of a negative personality, bent on destruction of others.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Pure Fiction

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Alfred Hitchcock’s STRANGERS ON A TRAIN.

How long have you been working on this story?

Two days

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

‘YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN’ Thomas Wolfe

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea of motivated evil.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Patricia Highsmith (She wrote Strangers On a Train)

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Theatre, music, the arts in general.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

I enjoy getting ‘feedback’ after a ‘live reading’.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Just write !!!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: A Christmas Miracle in Butzbach by D K Christi

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Against impossible odds during the Viet Nam era, young love between an American college girl and her Navy fiance triumphs on a snowy, moonlit Christmas Eve in the courtyard of an ancient church in Butzbach, Germany

What genres would you say this short story is in?

non-fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

A miracle

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Dances With Wolves

How long have you been working on this story?

Since it occurred in the late 60s

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Wuthering Heights

What motivated you to write this story?

The unforgettable emotional moment that remained with me for a lifetime. The couple married, have three sons and two grandchildren. It is the ultimate miracle with a continued happy ending.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Jesus Christ

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Equality of opportunity across the globe

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

The magic deserves performance.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write a bit every day about everything.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: Marionette by Melissa R Mendelson

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Have you ever had that moment, where you felt small, vulnerable, misunderstood and it didn’t matter if you were the villain or hero because nobody wanted to hear about it, and all you want to do is disappear? But what if you could make it disappear? What if you could make it all go away, so it doesn’t come back again? That is what Marionette is about.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Horror; Mystery/Suspense

How would you describe this story in two words?

Been Bullied?

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I have seen way too many movies in my life, but right now, I’m loving The Purge: Anarchy.

How long have you been working on this story?

I’m a member of this artistic, collaborative website called, HitRecord, and last June, I stumbled across this simple drawing by shanaynaynaomi. It’s just a drawing of a little girl, who is holding a pair of scissors in one hand and the strings of a marionette in the other hand. The drawing is actually called, Marionette, which inspired me to write this story.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer. This was one of the books that my grandmother, may she rest in peace, bought for me, and sadly I had given it away. Recently, I bought it off Amazon and hope to use it as my character’s favorite book in my new novella/novel.

What motivated you to write this story?

Please, see number 5.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Kevin Smith

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies and TV Shows

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

I have been an avid submitter of WildSound for awhile now because they deliver on not only their performances of your writing but on exposure as well.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Last year, I went on a self-publishing spree and spent a lot of money on book giveaways through Goodreads, and I definitely increased my exposure. But I think my biggest mistake with this was not having those stories professionally edited, and with my next novella/novel, I plan on having it thoroughly edited before it’s published/self-published.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

2016 Short Story Winning Readings (69 Total)

Watch the 2015 Winning Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

SHORT Story – SMALL TOWN NEWSPAPER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORSHORT Story – HILDA’S LAMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – A GIFT OF VALUE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Nancy Janes
ACTORSHORT Story – PROBLEMS WITH MY MASTERCARD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Kearns
ACTORSHORT Story – THE OLD MAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – EMMA’S GIFT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reynolds
ACTORSHORT Story – SEQUOIA SEEDS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Mattheus Carpenter
ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS REUNION
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Story – SUPERMARKET SAVAGERY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joan Grindley
ACTORSHORT Story – THE QUANDARY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Ann Barlow
ACTORSHORT Story – ASTRONAUTS SWEAR THE THE VIEW IS NEVER DULL
October 2016 Reading
Written by James Hartley
ACTORSHORT Story – IN THE CLEARING
October 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Bensinger
ACTORSHORT Story – TRUE NORTH
October 2016 Reading
Written by Hal Ackerman
ACTORSHORT Story – GOBLIN
October 2016 Reading
Written by J.F. Capps
ACTORSHORT Story – DEAD END JOB
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alice Lacey
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent
ACTORSHORT Story – A TOXIC GAME
October 2016 Reading
Written by Marianne Hagadorn
ACTORSHORT Story – TOUCHING MY SPINE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Monique Amado
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent
ACTORSHORT Story – WATERMELON EATING CONTEST
October 2016 Reading
Written by Teri B. Clark
ACTORSHORT Story – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden
ACTORSHORT Story – THE GRAVE DIGGERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – DOUBLE FACE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Amira El Dahshoury
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent
ACTORSHORT Story – 1ST WORLD PROBLEMS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Mathieu Riva
ACTORSHORT Story – GOD’S CREATURES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – SUMMER HILLS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rochelle Potkar
ACTORSHORT Story – DUALITY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos
ACTORSHORT Story – THE STAGE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rae Niehaus
ACTORSHORT Story – ALL LIVES MATTER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Ruth Andrews Garnes
ACTORSHORT Story – A DANGEROUS OCCUPATION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Randall Krzak
ACTORSHORT Story – ONE MORE LAST CALL
August 2016 Reading
Written by Forrest Simcoe
ACTORSHORT Story – CELIA S NIGHT OUT
August 2016 Reading
Written by Agata Zema
ACTORSHORT Story – ALONG MY JOURNEY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Renee Michelle Christian
ACTORSHORT Story – DAY OF WHY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan
ACTORSHORT Story – THOUGHT OF A SOLDIER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Cornelia Fick
ACTORSHORT Story – COLORED TIES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Oz Greek
ACTORSHORT Story – STANDING OVATION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – THE STORM
August 2016 Reading
Written by Buffy Sammons
ACTORSHORT STORY – THE NIGHTMARE AT GOLDEN ACRES
July 2016 Reading
Written by Cindy Crawford Garrett
ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze
ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell
ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell
ACTORSHORT STORY – THE OCEAN AND THE SKY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Rose Mendonca
ACTORSHORT STORY – DESPITE DEMENTIA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Bennett Cox
ACTORSHORT STORY – GALICIA’S GRANITE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janice Tindle
ACTORSHORT STORY – LEILA, AGE 17
July 2016 Reading
Written by Sherry Chow
ACTORSHORT STORY – STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPIST ONE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes
ACTORSHORT STORY – TEARS OF JOY
July 2016 Reading
Written by I.E. Hughes
ACTORSHORT STORY – DNA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Yvonne Randle
ACTORSHORT STORY – HEAVY SEXTING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Amy Arrow
ACTORSHORT STORY – NIGHT SWIMMING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Joanell Serra
ACTORShort Story Reading – I THOUGHT THE CAR WAS YELLOW
June 2016 Reading
Written by Eduardo G. Diaz
ACTORShort Story Reading – INSIDE OUT
June 2016 Reading
Written by Phaedra Greenwood
ACTORShort Story Reading – DESTINY OF JOY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Eastham
ACTORShort Story Reading – ANY PRICE FOR HAPPINESS
June 2016 Reading
Written by Robert B. Nelson
ACTORShort Story Reading – CULT FAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Lee Ronhovde
ACTORShort Story Reading –
June 2016 Reading
Written by
ACTORShort Story Reading – AFTERNOON CABARET
May 2016 Reading
Written by Grey Hall
ACTORShort Story Reading – THE END
May 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORShort Story Reading – MR “NAUGHTY” BECOMES MR “NICE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald
ACTORShort Story Reading – THROWING KIDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Erik Linthorst
ACTORShort Story Reading – COUNT WILLIAM
April 2016 Reading
Written by Tegon Maus
ACTORShort Story Reading – THE SISTER’S STORY
April 2016 Reading
Written by D.L. Gardner
ACTORShort Story Reading – RANDY & PATRICIA JOIN A MILITIA
April 2016 Reading
Written by Randy Gillis
ACTORShort Story Reading – SURVIVE THE RUN
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fernanda Beziaco Wilt