Thank you all for participating. It is truly great-ifying to see so many familiar friends come back to the playground. Here is how the winner of our contest will be determined .
His Moiness-in-Chief has selected six finalists. Three are pulled-a-name-out-of-a-hat selections, and three are the ones that carved a heart on a tree with my initials inside, next to theirs.
Finalists are: Sonja Bichsel for A Deadline, Again, Sal Buttaci for Redemption, Monica Brinkman for The Game of Life, Mike Casper for The Stars in the Sky-the Comets Flashing By, Parisianne Modert for Alejandro’s Duende Passing, Kristy Webster for Where the Breaking Matters, and Laura Girardeau for Walking in Suburbia.
(What? Seven? You must have miscounted)
(His Moiness scaling back expectations)
And I must confess (actually, I choose to confess) that had Mac Egan not specified he was a non-contestant, he would have been among my own top three.
Everyone who entered the contest may cast three votes in the comment box below, one for each of their three favorite entries. Authors may not vote for themselves, and write-ins are also ok. Feel free to express why you voted as you did, but keep it brief.
Readers who commented but did not submit a story themselves get two votes.
All votes must be in by Monday,(not Sunday, as originally stated: our analytics indicate that many readers only look at our site while they are under-paid to be stuck in a cubicle at work) midnight, PST. Winners announced Tuesday evening. New contest announced Wednesday.
And this just in!
Several contestants have asked that their votes are kept private to avoid bruising those sensitive feelings that differentiate writers from the rest of the world. If you prefer, you can send your votes to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
All who entered the contest and wish to vote for a favorite must submit THREE choices. Those who commented on the stories, but did not submit a story of their own are REQUIRED to list TWO stories, not just a single favorite. Failure to comply will disqualify your single vote! Vote on line, or email me your choices if you wish to have your selections remain anonymous!
Monday Morning Bulletin:
AS of 8:00 am time in the ‘Cow (the only time that matters!) we have a three-way tie going! Many voters chose to be anonymous and have been emailing me their favs. Remember: if you entered the contest, you must submit THREE favorites; if you commented but did not enter, you must denote TWO favs. Failure to do so disqualifies your vote.
The voting is tighter than the noose around the judge’s neck. If you entered the contest, feel free to post a link of it on FB and invite your friends to stack the votes in your favor. HOWEVER, they must select other favs as well, commenting on other stories. The results so far are surprising, especially if all you see are the votes that people chose to make pubic–OOPS! PUBLIC!
The staff bar-b-que at the Towers that are A Word with You Press