Also, we have a first. We have a tie for Readers' Choice Award!! I know, you say, well, use some method as a tie-breaker.... So, Aine and I moved to the next statistic, and guess what? Tie again! I feel that the only fair solution is to double the award prize money. So there.
The folks I'm about to recognize coupled great writing with a super creative idea and/or amazingly effective delivery. Great respect and congratulations to them!
(Drum roll please). Now, without further ado, I would like to recognize the following writers:
1st Place--DARBY KRENSHAW, RIF (#48) [Prize: $50 Amazon gift certificate]
2nd Place--LOREN EATON, Golem (#26) [Prize: $35 Amazon gift certificate]
3rd Place--PETER DAVIDSON, The Wall (#86) [Prize: $30 Amazon gift certificate]
4th Place--JANA ANDREWS, Voices (#21) [Prize: $25 Amazon gift certificate]
5th Place--CRAIG SCOTT, Consequences (#7) [Prize: $20 Amazon gift certificate]
(In order of entry number)
Honorable Mention--JOSH VOGT, Outside the Lines (#15)
Honorable Mention--PEGGY McFARLAND, Not Today (#40)
Honorable Mention--JAMES R. TOMLINSON, The Day I Helped Günter Rhodes Find His Way, I Found Myself (#46)
Honorable Mention--ROCKY WING, Weightier Things (#49)
Honorable Mention--SONBERG C. LARSON, Samsara (#55)
Honorable Mention--C. JOOS, Publish or Perish (#66)
Honorable Mention--SIMON KEWIN, I Saw Hearts But You Saw Skulls (#77)
Honorable Mention--WENDY RUSS, The True Story of How Casey Tilson Became a Vegan (#89)
Honorable Mention--GUILIE CASTILLO-ORIARD, Mercury Charms (#97)
Honorable Mention--HILARY ROBERTSHAW, On the Breeze (#101)
READERS' CHOICE AWARD
Readers' Choice--AERIN ROSE, The Fire Blessing (#70) [Prize: $40 Amazon gift certificate]
Readers' Choice--LOREN EATON, Golem (#26) [Prize: $40 Amazon gift certificate]
Again, a tough, tough competition.
Just how successful was it? Your 102 entries have generated 28,531 hits, and 10,228 visitors!
Escoring at least 40 out of 45 in my scoring system are inducted into The Forties Club. In my judgment, these writers have done their job excellently. Their strong, skilled writing brought their stories to life. Asterisks have been added to those names in the contest index who are inducted into the Forties Club.
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. Link to each other and give your insights and gifts freely. If you'd like, I will definitely trade links and visit you on your own blogs.
Lastly, I will be adding a brief comment to each entry saying what I liked best about the story.
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.
After I finish posting my comments, The Clarity of Night will be returning to normal content.
Feel free to contact me anytime. You will always find a welcoming place here.