As I began to write this post, JC and Phillip McCollum were tied with 3 votes each. When I went to disable the poll, not five minutes later, Phillip had 4 votes. In blog-speed terms, that’s a photo finish.
So congratulations to Phillip and his story The Grownup! And congrats to JH Mae, who I am picking as my personal favorite.
But really, congratulations to everyone who entered. Part of the idea with this contest was to get you to write longhand, change your habits a little bit, stretch those fingers and brain muscles on something other than a keyboard. But another, secret, ulterior motive was to get people to put their work out there, push it from the nest to see if it had grown strong enough to fly.
Bravo for the bravery. All of these pieces were a delight to read, and I am honored to have played host to them. While I can’t offer a full review for every entry, if anyone has specific questions about their piece, I am happy to answer them. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are so inclined.
I’d also like to thank all the people who read the stories and voted; I hope you enjoyed these stories as much as I did!
Look for another writing contest coming soon. No official details yet, but there may be assorted (tangible) goodies involved.