2016 Round IV: Neighbors

“Alone” by Hannah Newell


“Good Neighbors” by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt



Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to Round 4 of the 2016 Arena Tournament.

We asked our authors to explore a very specific type of relationship for the arena this week. It is a relationship built entirely on chance. It can result in love, war, and everything in between. We asked our authors to write us a story about the concept of neighbors.

Everyone has had bad neighbors. Some of us have had good neighbors. Your whole life can change simply because the person who moves into the space next to you watches TV too loudly. Or it’s possible that chance encounters in a shared hallway can lead to a blossoming romance. Rear Window had a nosy neighbor solving a murder, while movies about feuding neighbors are too numerous to count. The concept can scale up in size to encompass neighboring countries or keep things in a small rural town, but our authors were required to write us a story involving neighbors.

Who will mend fences and who will burn bridges?

Let’s find out!

Hannah Newell enters the arena again with her short story “Alone.”

Donald Uitvlugt leaves behind his judge’s robe and steps into the tournament with “Good Neighbors.”

The Neighborhood Feud is on!

We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.

And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).

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