2019-01 Reader Retention Story Contest

January 2019 Reader Retention Contest is Officially Over!

At least assuming we're not gonna see any entries from Japan/China.

As a reminder, everyone has until the end of February to do their reading and voting (these were a bit longer than your average contest entry story after all!) I'll announce contest winners at the end of the first week or so of March!

Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest. It's been really special to me seeing how enthusiastic everyone, both readers and authors, have been about this one, and I'm really glad we all did this together.

Faerie Justice and the Snowball Thrower 7 – Time to Move On

Faerie Justice and the Snowball Thrower
7 – Time to Move On

By Jessica C

This is the final chapter of this story.
Erin’s life story will continue

Morningstar: Chapter 4



“You and I keep looking for light in the darkness, expecting it to appear. But it already has.” I touch his shoulder. “We’re it, boyo. Broken and cracked and stupid as we are, we’re the light, and we’re spreading.”
― Pierce Brown, Morning Star

I have to drop out from the contest.

I've been pretty sick the last couple of weeks. Nothing serious but heavy dose of the flu then a cold right after and between that and Work being busy because literally everyone has this combo this year it's been all my spoons just to live through the basics let alone write stuff.

I will try to finish the story for the readers that liked it but it's unfortunately going on the pile of want to do stuff instead of the list of things I can do right now.

Sorry everyone.

A lifetime of reflections, Joanie’s final purge: (part 6 of 6)

A lifetime of reflections, Joanie’s final purge: “You Hook My Bra and I’ll Hook Yours”
(This story is semiautobiographical adult fiction. Explicit content.)

Chapter 6 of 6

Our story follows 72 year old Joanie from a confused childhood to her Golden Years. Joanie reflects on the events and quirks of fate that led her to becoming Joanie. Her story culminates in her final purge.
Joanie gets married, does her military duty, looks for answers and grows old: a final purge


Just Friends? Part 7 (Conclusion)

My entry in the Reader Retention contest.

Just Friends? Part 7 (Conclusion)

by **Sigh**
Copyright © 2019 plaintivesigh
All Rights Reserved.

There are good friends. There are good lovers. Then there is the rare, glorious combination of the two.

“Bloomsday” km9: “The Rain Must Fall”


km 9 The Rain Must Fall

I woke up a week later. Since my heart had stopped four times since I arrived, they had me under for a while. I wanted to make a quick joke about feeling like I was dead but I was afraid that the nurses wouldn’t approve of morbid humor in the ICU.

One week left for contest entries!

Just a reminder to people that the last day to publish valid entries in the Reader Retention Contest is next Thursday at midnight (your local time.) If you have a story going you have one more week to finish it up: if you haven't started one yet, well, there's still time to pop out some 4-5k words and split 'em up and get 'em out there!

Just a reminder/update on how voting's gonna work this time around:

Just Friends? Part 5

My entry in the Reader Retention contest.

Just Friends? Part 5

by **Sigh**
Copyright © 2019 plaintivesigh
All Rights Reserved.

Friends can indeed be lovers. But is "being lovers" an act of friendship at this critical time?

Just posted the last part of Alone Togther

Just posted the last part. I hope everyone took the time to view the inserted videos. They truly were my inspiration for the story. They are very moving, the Sound of Silence pulled my heart as did We're not going to take it. Both are emotional and from the heart.

Alone Together; A Tuneful Tale Chapter 4: We’re Not Gonna Take It

Alone Together, A Tuneful Tale Chapter 4
We’re Not Gonna Take It

Rick spoke in a clear slightly voice as he launched into telling them how and why he’d flunked second and third grades. How his failed jock father tried to use him as a surrogate but was too ignorant to realize all he’d succeeded in doing was to age Rick out of sports eligibility for his junior and senior years short circuiting any hopes for college. The he told of the drunken beatings and horrific verbal abuse from his dad while admitting he’d become a bully in elementary school.


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