1st Place--STEPHEN BLACKMOORE, Beautiful Places (#41)
[Prize: $25 Amazon gift certificate, 8 x 10 print of the "Halo" photograph (inscribed by Jason Evans)]
2nd Place--AMANDA EARL, The Scent of Red (#63)
[Prize: $20 Amazon gift certificate]
3rd Place--JOHN McAULEY, Policies (#77)
[Prize: $15 Amazon gift certificate]
4th Place--DOTTIE CAMPTOWN, Mr. Fifth Date (#72)
[Prize: $10 Amazon gift certificate]
5th Place--ANN OSTRANDER, The Truth (#37)
[Prize: $5 Amazon gift certificate]
Honorable Mention--JAYE WELLS, Faery Rings and Broken Dreams (#28)
Honorable Mention--ROB, Guide Me Home (#29)
Honorable Mention--VICTOR B. MONCHEGO, JR., Three-Fourths of an Ounce (#32)
Honorable Mention--CANTERBURY SOUL, Miss James (#35)
Honorable Mention--SARAH HINA, Chasing the Sun (#54)
READERS' CHOICE AWARD:
Readers' Choice--STEPHEN BLACKMOORE, Beautiful Places (#41)
[Prize: $15 Amazon gift certificate, (already receiving a signed photo)]
1st Runner-Up, Readers' Choice--SARAH HINA, Chasing the Sun (#54)
[Prize: 8 x 10 print of the "Halo" photograph (inscribed by Jason Evans)]
2nd Runner-Up, Readers' Choice--A.H. CAFFREY, Inheritance (#7)
Special congratulations goes out to Stephen Blackmoore, our first double winner since the "Midnight Road" Short Fiction Contest a year ago. Good job, man!
You probably know by now that this contest featured very strong writing from many participants. In my Note About Judging, I explained that usually 20% of the entries make the second round of judging. This time, the number was 27%. That means one simple thing. There was great writing out there and many deserving entries. Thank you for a wonderful contest!
Just how good was it? This was the second most successful Clarity of Night contest. Your 83 entries have generated 20,006 hits from 4,330 unique visitors! I'm grateful for such a huge turnout.
Over the course of next few days, I will be adding a comment to each entry saying what I liked best about it. If you would like constructive comments by private email, drop me a line at jevanswriter at yahoo dot com. Even if you mentioned constructive comments to me earlier, it wouldn't hurt to remind me in a separate email.
KEEP THE COMMUNITY GOING
Don't let the community end here. I hope to see all of you back here at The Clarity of Night and on your own blogs. I'd love to trade links if you're up to it!
Thanks again for a wonderful contest experience. Give yourselves a round of applause for excellent writing, and pat the winners on the back for their outstanding work.
The Clarity of Night will now be powering down from contest mode and returning to normal content. At this point, I'm planning for the next contest in early to mid fall.
Check back for the end of the "Westinghoused" series, a fictionalized version of the events which led up to the first use of the electric chair. Was it punishment or a shocking public relations stunt? (No pun intended.)
It's been great fun. Feel free to contact me anytime. You'll always find a welcoming place here.