My friends, I'm happy to announce the winners of the "Midnight Road" Short Fiction Contest! Before you scroll down (and I know you already have, LOL), just let me say that your writing has been amazing. There are many more deserving entries than can be reflected here. While winning is fun and rewarding, I hope you all have taken away something valuable from this experience. I think you'll agree we have proved the old saying, winning isn't everything.
1st Place--ELISHA BRIDGES, "JIMMY CRICK" (#42).
$35 Amazon gift certificate.
2nd Place--JOHN MCAULEY, "HOBOKEN HAIKU" (#16).
$25 Amazon gift certificate.
3rd Place--SANDRA SEAMANS, "CIVIC DUTY" (#26).
$15 Amazon gift certificate.
4th Place--JONI HAWS, "TUESDAY" (#49).
$10 Amazon gift certificate.
5th Place--ROY, ENTRY #47.
$5 Amazon gift certificate.
Honorable Mention--REBECCA SNOWDEN, "NIGHT BLINDNESS" (#51).
Honorable Mention--ANTHONY J. RAPINO, "I SEE THE LIGHT" (#21).
Honorable Mention--LINDA FORT-BOLTON, "THE IMMORTAL FLIGHT" (#33).
And now, for the first ever READERS CHOICE AWARD, the winner is:
Readers Choice--ELISHA BRIDGES, "JIMMY CRICK" (#42).
8 x 10 signed print of the contest photo commemorating the win.
First Runner-Up--JAMIE FORD, "ANYTOWN, USA" (#36).
Second Runner-Up--FLOOD, "THE MARKER" (#10).
Congratulations to the winners!! And let me give a special congratulations to Elisha for the double win. Your piece, "Jimmy Crick," transcended excellence. (If you are wondering, I did select winners prior to counting the Reader Choice votes).
Thank you again for such an amazing contest. During the its course, your writing generated 12,099 hits! I'm absolutely astounded! I was also very impressed by how supportive you have been. Not once did I have to moderate comments.
I hope to see all of you back here and on your own blogs. Drop me a note if you'd like to trade links. As I mentioned in the last post, my comments on entries will be posted over the next several days. Also, I will be providing constructive comments to those who ask.
One more thing, in a couple of days, I will have a very exciting announcement about the next contest I will be holding later this summer. You will not want to be on the sidelines for this one!!
Happy writing, and have a great weekend!