First Place Narrative

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Kelsey Wilson

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A freshman major in entrepreneurship from Bangkok, Thailand, Vichida Vongvanij takes her reader on an exhilarating and colorful science fiction journey. In her short story, the protagonist, Sally, endures terrifying nightmares every year on her birthday. This year, she wakes up alone in a dense forest and finds herself in perilous defense against the dark forces of nature that pursue her. As an international student, Vongvanij eloquently incorporates a unique voice and style in crafting the animated story of Sally and her birthday curse, culminating in an unexpected plot twist. This short story was written for Dr. Janna Goebel’s English for Academic Purposes course in the fall of 2013.

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