It's my pleasure to recognize the following writers:
1st Place--JOSH VOGT, They Call Him... (#15)
[Prize: $25 Amazon gift certificate, 8 x 10 print of the "Whispers" photograph (inscribed by Jason Evans)]
2nd Place--MICHAEL PELC, Trees Don't Dream (#54)
[Prize: $20 Amazon gift certificate]
3rd Place--PRECIE, Holding On (#51)
[Prize: $15 Amazon gift certificate]
4th Place--REBECCA LAKE, Please (#26)
[Prize: $10 Amazon gift certificate]
5th Place--HOODIE, My Dog Has Fleas (#48)
[Prize: $5 Amazon gift certificate]
Honorable Mention--DINA LYNSKEY, Breakfast with Sarah (#7)
Honorable Mention--JOHN MCAULEY, Walden's (#44)
Honorable Mention--DAVE WATTERS, A Time Past (#46)
Honorable Mention--THERESE, Point of View (#62)
Honorable Mention--ANGELIQUE H. CAFFREY, Out on a Limb (#73)
READERS' CHOICE AWARD:
Readers' Choice--SARAH HINA, Christina's World (#45)
[Prize: $15 Amazon gift certificate, 8 x 10 print of the "Whispers" photograph (inscribed by Jason Evans)]
1st Runner-Up--REBECCA LAKE, Please (#26)
2nd Runner-Up--AERIN ROSE, November (#57)
3rd Runner-Up--PAUL LIADIS, Tastes Like Brains (#17)
I have to say that never before did I have so many entries score 40 or above in my scoring system (out of 45 points). I was confident of the top 5, but the honorable mentions were killers. So many could be in that list. Choosing was painful. Also, because Readers' Choice voting was strong for several entries, I decided to recognize three runners-up in addition to the winner.
You all deserve a massive round of applause. This contest has set a record for mutual support and comments. Everyone has something valuable to take away.
Just how successful was it? Your 73 entries have generated 18,750 hits from 6,041 unique visitors! I'm grateful for such a wonderful turnout.
Over the course of next few days, Aine and I will be adding comments to each entry saying what each of us liked best about it. So much talent here. Wow!
KEEP THE COMMUNITY GOING
Don't let the community end here. I hope to see all of you back 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 great contest experience and for all of the excellent writing. Give the winners a pat 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 to hold the next contest in early July. Check back Wednesday when I will serenade you on the Scottish smallpipes!
It's been great fun! Feel free to contact me anytime.
You will always find a welcoming place here.