Appeared in Writers of the Future 27
This isn't your ordinary Spelling Bee--spelling not words but spells. Maddy not only can make galloping horses, but she also turns it into a hunt that scares the audience. Maddy, as an alien though, faces prejudice. Worse, the bee is attacked by a sorcerer, caging Maddy and contests.
Fun with some charm. Patrick O'Sullivan just won the Jim Baen Memorial Contest.