The winner of the 2021 Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament Stories was Questfan!!!
All stories have now been attributed to their authors and can be accessed via the links below.
Words/phrases were assigned to a standard 52-card deck. Participants in the tournament were dealt five cards and had to use the corresponding word/phrase in their story in a significant way. A Joker was a free pass.
Be sure to leave a comment and let our authors know your thoughts on their story.
A Cartwright’s Word is a Binding Oath by Patina
Summary: An old friend requests the Cartwrights’ help when vengeance comes calling
Rating: T Word Count: 4748
Adventurers’ Eyes by Andrina
Summary: Joe and a friend give each other challenges. Can they also find treasure through it?
Rating: K+ Word Count: 3168
Little Joe Cartwright, Indian Fighter by Sierra Girl
Summary: When the Paiute are seen prowling around the Ponderosa ranch house, Little Joe Cartwright is desperate to help defend his home and family. Only, he’s under orders to stay inside and work on his spelling . . . Disobeying his father’s commands will take him to a place he never, in his wildest dreams, thought he would see.
Rating: K+ Word count: 3664
Loss by Belle
Summary: When everything you care about is taken from you, you have nothing left to lose.
Rating: M (violence) Word count: 3305
Lost and Found by Questfan
Summary: An incident with his granddaughter brings up childhood memories for Joe.
Rating: T Word count: 4228
Missing by Cheaux
Summary: An unhappy brother, an old house, and a celebration gone wrong . . . this Prequel is set in 1855 when Adam is 24, Hoss is 18, and Joe is 13.
Rated: K+ Word Count: 5787
Never Under a Pale Moon by Sierras
Summary: Little Joe takes out a girl who’s family recently moved from New York. Can he help her to find good in Nevada? And what does a pale moon have to do with anything?
Rating: K+ Word count: 2116
The Painted Lady by mcfair_58
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Little Joe Cartwright is in love and, as usual, it brings a world of trouble. Can big brother Adam save the day or will he too be drawn in by the Painted Lady and lose not only his way, but maybe his life?
Rating: PG Word Count: 29,166
When Winners Become Losers by wx4rmk
Summary: A simple, late summer day quickly turns more complicated than any of the Cartwrights could have imagined potentially changing one Cartwright’s life forever.
Rating: PG Word Count: 3466
Other Stories by this Author
- Dying Alone (by VCLS)
- The Black Wreath (by VCLS)
- A Book: A Gift of Reading (by fanofoldTVshows)
- Out There (by VCLS)
- Shadows and Fears (by VCLS)