It is with great pleasure that I, Nick Lachmund, competitor and reader, have the opportunity to present the final winner announcement for this competition. The series has presented us with a wonderful variety of stories across a spectrum of genres. The characters created by my fellow writers will long stay in my memory and their adventures have been memorable and surprising. Congratulations to everybody that has managed to follow through and write a complete series. This competition has been going a long time and it’s terrific to see so many people see it out.
On a personal note, I’ve enjoyed the process of trying to craft a story worthy of nine entries. While I know some like to use meticulous planning for a project like this, I much prefer to leave things to the last minute and see where the story takes me. I had a very rough plan for the nine deaths but I didn’t have any specifics, nor did I have a planned ending. Each Sunday night when the stories were due, I would sit in front of my computer, put on the album Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and I would write. If someone had told me before I started that I would write a nine part series featuring an unnamed, Oedipal necrophiliac as its main character, I would have said something along the lines of, ‘Hmm, that’s an odd choice’. But that’s where the story took me.
But enough about me. Let us recap the final entries in this award:
Damon, fresh from his remarkable journey into a hellish cult, contemplates going back to the Plantation.
All of the loose ends are tied up in this classic noir detective tale about a fixed horse race.
The Tolkien-esque fantasy concludes as the nine rings are destroyed….or are they?
The star-crossed lovers are reunited as their adventure draws to a close. (But we still don’t find out about the bloody spoon!)
Ben, Kevin and Eddie finally catch up with their suspected killer with brutal results.
The cliff-hanger ending is truly embraced in the finale of this chilling series of a boy and his toy.
This series concluded with a rather bleak outlook for humanity, particularly for us in Australia!
And the winner is:
Firstly, I want to make clear that I was asked to write this winner announcement BEFORE I was told the winner. Secondly, winners are grinners and I’m sitting here grinning. It is very humbling and lovely to pick up another victory for my Marsden Creek series.
FINAL THOUGHTS (As told by the narrator of the Marsden Creek series):
Well, my friends, it looks like our time together has come to an end. I do hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about my town and my adventures as much as I’ve enjoyed telling you about them. Don’t cry that it’s over. In fact, although my stories have finished for now, that doesn’t mean you won’t hear from me again. Who knows, maybe I will find a new town to explore one day. Perhaps it’ll be a town near you. But even if we never get a chance to catch up, you can always look back over these tales and relive what I’ve told you. After all, isn’t that what writing stories is all about? Don’t we all want our words to be forever available and read by future generations? Otherwise, why would we bother?