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This week, The Washington Pastime is proud to announce that tomorrow’s weekly fiction will be our 2012 Promising Young Author Champion, whose story was chosen from among hundreds submitted throughout our PYA Chapters. PYA story finalists are chosen by chapter

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Posted in 2013, Contests, News

WTP: Terrorism in the U.S.


CONTEXT:In the wake of tragedies in Auora, Co. (July 20, 2012), Newtown, Ct. (Dec. 14, 2012), and Bostom, MA. (Apr. 15, 2013) in the past few months, some U.S. citizens have begun to feel as if tragedy is becoming the

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Posted in 2013, Additional Content, We The People

Always The Moon, by Amanda Hamilton


The Moon is beautiful tonight. I wish you could see it. Funny, how even after all that’s happened, it can still seem so gorgeous. I know I should hate it; everyone else does. I just can’t. They say we only

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Posted in 2013, Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction



CHAMPION (1st Place): The Chameleon, by Mat Yovin — $1,000 (50% of Total Contest Profit), FREE CONTEST VOUCHER, Digital Publication, & Headline Print Publication 2nd Place: Stars and Stripes, by Lori Gagola — $100 (5% of Total Contest Profit), FREE

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Posted in 2013, Contests, News

Long Bridge Jump, by Sara DeGregoria


“It’s just a new Olympic event they created,” her mother had told her. The cold coats Jun’s skin, sinking in under the layers of fleece and nylon she’s wearing–so much colder than when she left after-school. The halogen lights form

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Posted in 2013, Fiction, Literary

Wiggle Wiggle, by Eric Christ


I waited offstage and rocked up and down on the balls of my feet. Adrenaline thrummed through my veins like an intoxicating drug. Flunkies yammering into headsets scurried around me, keeping their distance after I went all diva on their

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Posted in 2013, Fiction, Humor



If you truly love telling stories and entertaining others through the written word, then never stop writing, never stop studying the craft, never stop revising or submitting. Do not get discouraged. In November, 2011, The Washington Pastime had the privilege

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Posted in 2013, Additional Content, Author Spotlight

The Correction, by Kevin Vorshak


The air shimmered before him. Though unusual, the oppressive heat did do odd things to the concrete and asphalt in the large business complex. Part of him considered staying inside his air-conditioned office, but the desire for a cold salad

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Posted in 2013, Fiction, Science Fiction

ANNOUNCEMENT: March Madness Contest Prize

TWP Contest

We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support during the brief entry period for our 2013 March Madness Literary Contest. We are pleased to announce that our grand prize for the 2013 March Madness Literary Contest will be $1,000.

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Posted in 2013, Contests, News

A Guilty Dream, by Nathaniel Tower

A Guilty Dream

Norton Taylor wakes from a dream so real he can’t but believe it’s true. In the dream he commits a heinous crime. Brutally murders someone. A small boy. Then he goes to great lengths to cover it up. Weeks pass

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Posted in 2013, Fiction, Horror

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