December 25th, 2019: Happy 95th birthday to Rod Serling.

Unlock this door with
the key of your imagination.

Somewhere between
light and shadow,
between science
and superstition,

we invited you
to submit a story
of things and ideas
that could become…

As Timeless As Infinity!

The Contest: “Imagine a new Twilight Zone episode, and write Rod Serling’s opening and closing narrations. Give it a title. Send us your entry.” …and you did!

Watch Winner Videos:     2023     2021     2020     2019     2018     2017

We tried a twist this year: write your episode about about someone else’s character. The results were quite varied and much fun. Some of the leads in these tales are beloved by almost everyone, and others you may need to look up. Enjoy these stories–many of the contestants told us of the fun they had writing them.

Foundation member and actor Stephen Dexter is back to voice the winning entries as Rod Serling. Stephen is proud to be a rabid Rod Serling/Twilight Zone fan and at work on a project that Rod Serling would support without hesitation: American Morning. He’s also the voice of Rod Serling in the Binghamton Twilight Zone Escape Room. You can feel his passion in his performances. And this year he appeared in the film Living with Myself, with Paul Rudd. Thank you, Stephen!

WSKG-TV in Binghamton, New York, kindly donated their facilities in 2017 when we filmed Stephen at their studios in Binghamton. I integrated clips of Stephen as Rod into this year’s narration. In a Zoney twist, Stephen’s 2017 videos are lip-synching his 2019 narration. Perfect! Thank you, WSKG. We are in awe of your studios, your people, and your hospitality!

We have a repeat winner: Rich Rees, who has also presented at The Rod Serling Conference at Ithaca College. What a writer!

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners!

Pay the Piper by Rich Reese
A Beautiful Day in Fall by Larry Shea
Inside Santa’s Sweatshop by Elaine Clayton (3rd place tie)
Pressure and Time by Joanna Brumley (3rd place tie)

Read All the Entries

So many of the entries were clever and entertaining! Here is the second half of our Christmas present to you: dozens of new stories for you to imagine and watch on that little black-and-white screen in your head…


Clips from YouTube videos: “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” (1948 animation and 1964 stop-action), “Angry Elf throws shoe at Santa’s head!” (2008), “The Shawshank Redemption” trailer (1994), stills from “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” video, and a Spanish cartoon panel.

Stills collected over the internet from Creative Commons, and from various sites that did not specify copyright. All art is used in brief under the Fair Use Doctrine. No profit was acrued, nor any infringement intended, from use.