By this time tomorrow I will have posted the last* of what turned out to be semi-finalists, rather than finalists. Something about the best laid men and plans about mice. The advertised plan was to have three finalists, based on the voting of everyone who entered the contest, but as there were multiple entries with the same vote tally, His Moiness created a category of semi-finalists. I will therefore, rather than protracting this any longer, George W (verb meaning I am the decider/ will decide) which of these three I will forward to Pulitzer Prize winner, friend, and social activist Jonathan Freedman, who will determine whose name will appear on the $500 check and engraved on the trophy, which has been fashioned from the plaque that compelled me to launch this public conversation, disguised as a contest. Should you need a reminder:
Please feel free to email me your thoughts about which entries most moved you, either with their authenticity, ability to inspire, artistic expression, or any combination of these three.
In the past, my choices have been influenced by the creative bribery of the contestants, who know how much I love coffee (Sumatran), Merlot, and the generic pleasures of the flesh. Also chocolate (I’m such a girl). Julie Mark Cohen once sent me a pair of very warm, cozy, and expensive socks (which I still have), knowing how cold Moscow can get. What she must have heard over the skype call we made was that I really enjoy good, warm, tight socks.
But this time, if you want to influence my choice, post compelling reasons in support of your favorite story, providing me a bit of cover when I must disappoint three deserving writers in favor of three deserving writers.
As many of you have pointed out, I left no comments after any of the stories. I was not being lazy, but fair. It’s your party–A Word with You Press was just the venue. There will be tectonic changes with the next contest, and we’ll be sending you a questionnaire soon, at the suggestion of co-founder Derek Thompson, to help you shape the future of the sight to best serve your needs.
Tomorrow I post story number six from Laura Elizabeth.
(Did I mention Sumatran?)
*disclaimer. Shawna Smart apparently did not receive word that she was a finalist and as such did not submit an entry. Should I receive something from her tomorrow, I will post that as well.