I'm looking for stories with surprise endings. I don't want to be able tosee what's coming. I went to a great show at the Kennedy Center yesterday, but at the intermission between Acts, my wife figured it out. She's good at doing that.
I'm going to read each story, narrow it down to the top 8, then have my wife read them - whichever ones she doesn't figure out the endings to - they will be the medal winners.
Stories only, please. Minimum of 1000 words, Maximum of 3000 words (I'll slide a little on either limit, but please don't abuse it).
While I will allow pre-writes, if they don't have a surprise ending, or are way past the upper and lower word limits, they'll be eliminated. If you submit a pre-write, please make sure it honors the contest requirements, or don't bother submitting it. That said, I do prefer fresh writing. It usually better meets contest requirements than pre-writes tend to. But, I'll keep that open.
Surprise the heck out of me, and stump my wife. Have fun!