A few years ago, "Beyond the Curve" won a quarterly short story contest on-line. Sponsored by Women on Writing (WOW!) every quarter, this competition offers a unique option to aspiring writers because submissions are limited to 300 and judged by literary agents, making it doubly cool. The entire site is a great place to find articles on writing such as Brenda Hill's "Write What You Know: Sage Advice or Hogwash?" as well as links to other writers, classes, and contests.
Here's "Beyond the Curve," the story that gave me the confidence to keep writing when I was just starting to find my voice. Voiced here by the wonderful Folly Blaine: