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 profitable entries in each one class of the eightieth Annual Writer's Digest Writing pageant, besides the Grand Prize-winning tale, Boy Witch, by way of John T. Biggs.

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Then Danny put the club back on his shoulder. He put his left foot forward, but kept his weight centered on his right. He understood about the strike zone now, and all the mechanics of baseball’s heavy hitters even though he’d never played a game. It took two swings to bring Leonard down. He was ready for a third, but he could tell from Leonard’s breathing that it wouldn’t be necessary. ” Danny couldn’t decide if he was crying because he’d killed a man or because the man killed Queenie. He’d have to make his mind up later, because the other points of the equilateral triangle around his mother’s Air Stream were moving his way.

They’d let him take big pretzels too, even the ones dripping with cheese and jalapeno peppers. He could have all the fountain drinks he wanted, and flavored coffees with names like French Vanilla, Mocha Latte, and Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino—white man names. He could probably take cigarettes if he wanted them, but he didn’t like the way they smelled and he couldn’t sell them because no Indian on the Big Rez would buy smokes from a boy who might be a witch—not even Marlboros. Danny liked to pace himself, steal from different convenience stores so his invisibility didn’t wear thin, but the Rez was pretty big and Circle Ks were kind of far apart and he didn’t have a car, so some of the clerks got so they could see him pretty well.

Edison asked. “He ain’t,” Nelva said. ” That was the story Danny and Nelva settled on. He’d gone off to live on the New Mexico side of the Rez. Probably somewhere around Crown Point, but Nelva couldn’t be sure. ” Danny heard Edison open a beer can. He figured Nelva would get him down to the business of adultery pretty soon and he’d lose interest in her missing son, and that probably would have happened. But Nelva said, “Well sometimes he does. ” Nelva Riley never learned to tell a lie. Danny knew that was a problem with most Indians.

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