The Second 10 Years

Esther Spurlock submitted to The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship


150 years in the future, American finds itself in the grips of a second Civil War. While the first Civil War was sparked over rights of African slaves, this Second Civil War was sparked over rights for artificial humans. Two such artificial humans - Helen and Jack - cycle through the second ten years of the conflict, grappling with what people on all sides of the conflict believe about their place in society and their humanity.


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About Esther

University of Chicago

In 2015, Esrther graduated from Seton Hill University with a Masters of Science in Mathematics and a dual minor in Computer Science and English literature. This past year, she has been volunteering for Mercy Volunteer Corps working at St. Boniface School in Cincinnati, Ohio. After her year of service ends, I am going to graduate school at the University of Chicago for their Masters of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy. With this degree, she hopes to use data to create social change. Her favorite books since childhood are The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf. Her favorite authors are currently Alice Walker and Toni Morrison (although this changes frequently).

Her entry, The Second 10 Years, was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Spring Semester prize: