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Monday, May 20, 2013

"Maddy Dune's First and Only Spelling Bee" by Patrick O'Sullivan

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.

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