You made it short and sweet. You made it yours. Here are the nine 9-Word Novel winners.
1. Sparky, loving everyone, except Jehovah witnesses, licked faces freely.
- Carol J. Colin
2. UNENCUMBERED | Octogenarian, unencumbered by latest gizmos, embraces yoga, life universe.
- Gilda Zelin
3. ANTI-GERM-STUFF OVERLOAD! | What's an immune system to do but attack itself?
- Lisa Johnson
- Brittany Cowling
5. NEWS ITEM | Politician speaks honestly and plainly. Hell freezes. Pigs fly.
- Lois Chance
6. CHOICES | She adopted the dog. He hated dog. He's gone.
- Denise Hendsbee
7. REDEMPTION | Alien brain slugs are discovered, vanquished. Tea Party's over!
- Melissa Mendes Campos
8. That's not how I want my story to end.
- Geoff Lawson
9. AND THE WIND WHISPERS | Her shopping cart. Homeless woman has nothing... Has everything
All the entries . . .
UNDROWNED | Touched and thought in vain; Fathomed love; outlived pain.
SANTA CRUZ HAIKU | Seductive Ocean, entices us through cool breath. Liberate yourself.
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM | Burdened elephant, weary, knees bending, laid down and died.
PRECIPICE | Jobs? (Kids ... Despair) optimistically compromised faithfully ... fall begins
A JOURNEY, BRIEF AND SWIFT | Arrival, naivete. Maturing, discoveries. Authority apathetic. Consequential accountability. Lessons.
UNEXPECTEDLY, LIFE: YOU HAVE ALTERED | Prematurely confident. Unfortunately ignorant. Expensive carelessness. Effectively awakening. Unforgettable.
My cute, high school girlfriend turned sixty last week.
THE PACT | She said. Then he said. Then they did it.
LITERARY NOTIONS | Great ideas often pop up like worms after rain.
FIELD OF DREAMS | Today, the SF Giants won their 10th World Series.
NEWS ITEM | Politician speaks honestly and plainly. Hell freezes. Pigs fly.
PERSONAL AD | Beautiful handicapped baby girl needs father and mother. Hurry!
Stretching, aligning ... hands and feet on mat … then tea.
She calls crying … Mama! Help me! ... I send money.
Pulling a final breath, Mom softly passed with grace.
SPRING BREAK 1971 | Madison to Daytona, partied two weeks. Total: Thirty dollars.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY | Sheets windward; fluffing. Aircraft carrier closing in. Surfing wake. *****Jeff, is it fluffing? There was a letter missing …
I searched for God in all the wrong places.
THE PARK | The officer asked, "Would this get us all high?"
UNENCUMBERED | Octogenarian, unencumbered by latest gizmos, embraces yoga, life universe.
TRUE LOVE IN UNLIKELY PLACES | Unhappy marriage. Animal shelter dogs. Best lifetime relationships ever.
SO MUCH DEPENDS UPON | That waking moment. With you next to me. Smiling.
YUMMY | "Umami" the chef explained. "Oh baby" his lover replied.
SWEET PEAS | Magenta sweet peas blew olfactory kisses to lucky passers-by.
DAMN GODS | Gods wage waning wars; goddesses linger in looming peace.
it's like it never happened, but it really did.
THE DIE EFFECT | Smart meters bring dangers, privacy invasions and economic devastation.
The sun. The moon. The stars. The world. God.
Butterflies about, watch them shout, “I’m beautiful, look, see.”
I feel like I’m 25, it was my best.
You say, “I need a job … I’m for sale.”
A little dirt never hurt, so eat carrots raw.
We all feel feelings. We feel good the same.
THE LIL MAN | Small, loud, handsome, dramatic, hard-headed, pleasant, strong, intelligent, flirty.
REDEMPTION | Alien brain slugs are discovered, vanquished. Tea Party's over!
BIG SISTER | Fighting evil, she traded the veil for a badge.
THE METAMORPHOSIS | I awoke transformed ... into a chicken. Man, life clucks.
From crystalis to butterfly, I am that which was.
LOVE THE PATH | Excruciating journey ends flying into safety of open arms.
SWIRLING winds. Coastal fog. Rising Tides. Sunny coastline afternoons.
THE BIG GAME! | We came, saw the game, ate pretzels … and lost!
LOVIN’ LIFE IN SANTA CRUZ | Sunrise, waves lap at toes, sand through fingers. Happiness.
Waving, wonderful washes the sea over me, refreshing pools.
Sparky, loving everyone, except Jehovah witnesses, licked faces freely.
Mystically Sensuous, cooled my flesh, my eyes rolled back.
Her blood pressure dropped, stroking the soft White Dog.
Sweating, she scuttled sideways, clearing the terrifying Thrusting Machine.
GONE | Your hair is everywhere; defensively twisted away from me.
GOODBYE, MOON | Through tears, she saw the moon one last time.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH ALMOST EVERYTHING ON EARTH? | Earth is overpopulated by humans. Solution: Global birth control.
IT'S A LIFE | A ride many will try only few will master.
REPETITION | Writing, euphoria, vacuity, upheaval, unblock, euphoria, writing, repetition.
SEX GOD AND MYSTERY | My God! I am pregnant. Who is the father?
RANGO | Shot a man, got girl, sunset. The end.
CHILDHOOD | Uncle, incest, shame, self-hatred, sex addiction, abortions, JESUS! recovery …
Just as space never ends, time has never began.
Life, random order, we a ball on roulette wheel.
WE | A speck of fertilizer indubitably changing the earth.
GOOD TIMES? | I am a man. I need a job. Now.
NIGHTMARE FAMILY LIFE | CPS hell! Children’s court. Body mutilation. ADHD. Demons. Light!
EMERGING TRIUMPHANT | Enthralled by radical serendipities we thrive against all odds.
DISCONNECTED | Oppressing panic turns liberating bliss—forgot iPhone on vacation.
Put some spring in your step we're finally free.
BEAUTY’S VILE COUNTERPART | Constructing family, recognizing and naming, created the excluded monster.
After the car crash, we laughed then kissed...
IF YOU MUST | Blame the multitude of invisible wave activity surrounding me.
ANTI-GERM-STUFF OVERLOAD! | What's an immune system to do but attack itself?
I grew rapidly, at first, before I moved here.
FRANCIS | Heaven hadn't found any answers in Francis Logan Goliath.
THE WAVES BREAK ON INNOCENCE | Youthful joy brutally tarnished; a family learns what matters.
N.Y. JOURNAL/9-11 | Pregnant! Smiling, I turn ... a plane heading at me!
2011, A SPACE IDIOCY | A resurrected HAL 9000 instinctively creates a Facebook page.
BAD DAY AT OK CORRAL | The schoolmarm burned, Tex blazed, a six-shooter fell flacid.
HORMONES ON HOLIDAY | Romance at the seashore with children roiled in fog.
LET'S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFFAL | Presidential indecisiveness holding the button, then the earthquake struck.
STRING SOLO | Sex crazed politicians plotting world dominance abide universal puppeteer.
THE CORNER POCKET | Ocean of beer. Salty tears. Last shot. Game over.
THE HOOK | They jumped out of the water to take The Hook.
LOST | Computer got virus, book irretrievable, back to bottle, Lost.
She is cooing to her baby as I garden
The cage door opened as the white shark passed
MYSTERY AND ROMANCE | Quiet, Shot, Running, Dark, Scuttle, Leap, Embrace, Happy Ending
SPRINGFIELD | Dow plummets. Dao soars. Springfield grimaces, hesitating to follow.
HUBRISTIC FIT | Roll the presses. Epic all-nighter yields nine worder.
OCEAN OTTER. TEACH ME PLAY. WATCHING YOU EVERY DAY.
WAR | Uniformed, grasping door latch: the last of my father.
FULL SPEED AHEAD | Four hundred thousand furlongs per fortnight. Now that’s fast.
LIFE | creation birth childhood learning adulthood service family experiences culmination
I was a dear wish and I came true.
That's not how I want my story to end.
POST-GRADUATE LAMENT | He's stuck in Oakland with the unemployment blues
THE JOURNEY | Giving birth. One then two, into herself she grew.
Lost. Woods. Afraid. Sunset ... Dark ... Sunrise. Path. Road. Found.
UNBOUNDED | Aching, sweating, straining ... I found where the twist flops.
DEAD A HEAD | 3011. Reawakened, my cryogenic head unfrozen. Drat, smart.
MOONSHINER DAUGHTER'S | First job north. Shocked by greedy bosses!
TAKING THE HINT | Painstakingly removing the Chihuly, Jack exulted: "She loves me!"
ARRIVAL | Etches opportunities. Accomplishing unexpected proof. Presence affirms perfection.
BEHIND FALLEN TEARS | Ripped pictures, fallen tears, unspoken words. Friends at war.
CHOSEN | Each clenched fist relaxed, Ahmed drew the short straw.
NOBODY WILLING | He's drunk, yelling again. A Baby Name book closes.
AND THE WIND WHISPERS | Her shopping cart. Homeless woman has nothing... Has everything.
CHOICES | She adopted the dog. He hated dog. He's gone
THE WEDDING | Eyes met, Vows spoken, lips touched, then two were one.
ALL THESE PEOPLE | Who are we? "Myself," she whispered.
WAIKIKI AFTER 20 YEARS | You drink maitais. I talk. You fall. I push.
NOBODY WILLING | He’s drunk, yelling again. A baby name book closes.
THE PROTECTOR | Adults frightened him. So off came the tadpole legs.
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