Monday, July 21, 2008

Winners Announcement--"Running Wind" Short Fiction Contest

After another wonderful contest experience, complete with stunning writing, new friends, and great mutual support, it's my pleasure to recognize the following writers:

1st Place--SARAH HINA, And Miles to Go Before She Sleeps (#27)
[Prize: $25 Amazon gift certificate, 8 x 10 print of the "Running Wind" photograph (inscribed by Jason Evans)]

2nd Place--SEAN FERRELL, Reversal (#56)
[Prize: $20 Amazon gift certificate]

3rd Place--JOSH VOGT, Time is a Road (#49)
[Prize: $15 Amazon gift certificate]

4th Place--PAUL LIADIS, Ar'n Man (#39)
[Prize: $10 Amazon gift certificate]

5th Place--JEFE B, You Can't Get There from Here (#61)
[Prize: $5 Amazon gift certificate]

Honorable Mention--CHARLES GRAMLICH, Precious Cargo (#1)

Honorable Mention--SCOTT SIMPSON, Blurred Vision (#6)

Honorable Mention--POSOLXSTVO, Anywhere But Here (#19)

Honorable Mention--SCOTT ELLIS, Freebird (#32)

Honorable Mention--AERIN, Dreamland Eyes (#62)


Readers' Choice--CHARLES GRAMLICH, Precious Cargo (#1)
[Prize: $15 Amazon gift certificate, 8 x 10 print of the "Running Wind" photograph (inscribed by Jason Evans)]

1st Runner-Up--SARAH HINA, And Miles to Go Before She Sleeps (#27)

2nd Runner-Up--JOSH VOGT, Time is a Road (#49)


As always, choosing was painful. You all deserve a massive round of applause. Everyone has something valuable to take away.

Just how successful was it? Your 64 entries have generated 17,124 hits from 4,755 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!

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!

On the great suggestion of Aerin, I'm going to open a post-contest writing roundtable tomorrow. In comments, we can discuss flash fiction, successful approaches to writing, and trade ideas and techniques. I'll ask each of the winners to give us a thought to get the discussion started.


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.

It's been great fun! Feel free to contact me anytime.

You will always find a welcoming place here.


Esther Avila said...

Congratualtions to all who wrote the winning entries and to all who entered. This has been such fun and a great learning experience.

JRVogt said...

Congrats to everyone who placed, and thanks to those who voted as well. I really appreciate it, and love how much fun these contests are, giving folks a chance to stretch their brains. And, of course, many thanks to Jason for hosting this yet again.

AngelConradie said...

congrats to all the winners!

Sarah Hina said...


Thank you, Jason, so much for the great honor. And to Aine for all that she contributed. Your hard work made for another great contest that we all enjoyed!

I am so thrilled to have placed with so many great writers. And a big congratulations to Charles for winning Reader's Choice!!

Yes, I will be smiling for the rest of the day. :)

Sameera Ansari said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

It was nice taking part in the contest.Thanks Jason for organizing it.

I have already linked your blog,hope to see around in the future :)

Precie said...

Congratulations to all the winners!! What a wonderful contest!

I'm looking forward to the post-contest discussion!

laughingwolf said...

grats to all the winners!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all the winners. I feel honored to be listed amongst them. Eighth time's a charm for me, I guess :)

Paul (Entry #39)

Scott said...

Congrats, Sarah. This was a tough choice because some of my favorites are not listed here. It feels pretty good to crack the lineup for the first time. Thanks, Jason!

The Quoibler said...

Congratulations to everyone!

Jason's contests are always the best on the web. I think we should band together and give HIM an award! :)


Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, congrats to everyone who won, and everyone who entered. I enjoyed some good reading. I also want to thank all the readers who voted for "Precious Cargo" for the Reader's Choice award. That was very cool and I'm glad so many people took the time from their busy schedules to vote for my piece. Thanks!

Beth said...

Hurray to all the winners! I am happy to see some of my picks and surprised to not see some of my picks. LOL I am ecstatic to see Scott get an HM this time around. Congratulations, Scott!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all the winners!!

Anonymous said...

KUDOS to all the winners of a great competition. I enjoyed reading all the entries. I had three of the picks for Reader's Choice and consequently two of Jason's. It goes to show that there was something for everyone.
My gratitude to Jason for a very needed, appreciated, and interesting mid-summer diversion.

Scott said...

Yeah, so now I can quit all my whining!

Unknown said...

Woah. Frenetic activity at Clarity of Night! Congratulations to all the winners - your entries were engaging and delightful, like flash fiction finger food at a great party.

iLL Man said...

Due to time constraints, I couldn't read all the entries and was unable to get round to voting. Oddly enough, the top five were all entries I'd read and liked a lot. Congratulations to the winners.

Chris Eldin said...

Congratulations to everyone!!!
I've read most of them, but not all of them yet, and am just amazed at the diversity and skill displayed here.

I love these contests!!!

*now, off to read some more*

JR's Thumbprints said...

Hmmm... I made two correct picks. Now I have to go back and reread the others to see what I had missed. Congrats to the winners and everyone involved in the process. I'll definitely be back again to improve my game.

Anonymous said...

I totally give up on judging. I will look forward to the round table when I can get insight into others' opinions about what flash fic is!!

Congrats to the top placers, especially Sara, who gives such consistently good work.

Scott from Oregon said...


I am honorable!

Thanks for the mention!

SzélsőFa said...

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks for the hosts of this interesting contest, too!

Anonymous said...

A hearty congratulations to all the winners, as well as all the participants!

the walking man said...

Well done on the entire contest! All of the top finishers in both category's have much to be proud of.
Looking forward to the round table series of posts.

Geraldine said...

Congrats to all the winners and to also to you Jason for hosting another successful writing contest. I look forward to the next one!