The readers have voted and determined their favorite story from each age category. The votes were within a few percent points, which means readers had a hard time deciding too (just like the initial judges’ choices). The good news is that all six runners up received a prize this time (the digital audio book of their choice). They chose audio books like Stranger in the Glade, Thick as Thieves (2), Badge of Honor, The Last Ride, and Andi Under the Big Top. Note to runners up: If you have not yet downloaded your audio book, do so soon. The link to download the files expires this Friday.
Congratulations to the top winners:
Links to all six stories (the top 2 and the four runners up) can be found on the Seasonal Contests page.
I have been asked what kind of writing contest is up next (Seasonal? Annual?) The voting was pretty 50/50, with a few votes nudging the Annual Contest into the top tier. So, I have decided to go with an Annual Contest for 2023. It will launch January 1, 2023, and you will have five months to submit your entry. Please don’t ask me all the details right now. More “official” rules and prizes will be forthcoming later on. I will not make the same mistake I made with the Summer Contest (putting up the information way ahead of time). I will probably put up everything the last week of December.
With that in mind, I need the next few months to organize the contest, find judges, and decide on prizes for first, second, and third place (honorable mentions receive the Amazon print book with their stories published but no extra prizes). The annual contest is a lot of work, so with that in mind, there will be NO FALL SEASONAL CONTEST. I realize this might be a disappointment to some of you, but it’s time to “give me a break” and look forward to the upcoming “big one.”
However, if anyone has ideas for prizes, I’m open. Toss your ideas down in the comments. Note: In the past, I awarded cash as a prize for first place (along with the book, etc.), but that is no longer an option, so please don’t suggest it. However, I could award gift cards to my Circle C Store if that would be a fun prize).