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…

“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 the 2018 winners | Watch the 2017 winners

December 25th, 2019: Happy 94th birthday to Rod Serling.

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 his own Rod Serling project The Last Stop: American Morning. He’s also the voice of  Rod Serling in the Binghamton Twilight Zone Escape Room. You can see 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!

The 2019 winners:

1st place: “Pay the Piper” by Rich Rees
2nd place: “A Beautiful Day in Fall” by Lary Shea
3rd place: “Inside Santa’s Sweatshop” by Elaine Clayton and “Pressure and Time” by Joanna Brumley

Click here to download a PDF poster of Rod Serling (and the RSMF) congratulating the winners.

I didn’t consider copyright issues when I added the “someone else’s character” twist to this year’s contest. So there are several films and numerous artists whose work I have employed under the Fair Use doctrine. We’ll see if the copyright holders agree. After all, I found everything I’m using in those videos, on the internet!

One final note: watch it all the way to the end, and find an Easter egg.

Read All the Entries

I don’t like to write a rejection letter to the writers who didn’t win. I’ve received those myself. So many of the entries were clever and entertaining! So 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…

ATTRIBUTIONS

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.