The votes have been cross referenced, double checked, and verified by our science division. All that remains is to announce our winner. Congratulations to:
Sherry’s piece, ‘This way’ , impressed with its focus and originality. Our judges remarked that it contained ‘damned powerful imagery that makes me want to read more…’ They also thought it showed great awareness of the characters and their relationships. If you haven’t already read it check it out now.
In no particular order, here’s what the judges thought of the other submissions.
Seeing Red by Aaron Maltz
‘Some solid elements and a clear story line.’ Perhaps took on too much given the word limit which led to one judge in particular to describe it as ‘jarring.’ Still, that’s not always a bad thing. Aaron has solid foundations to build upon for future awards.
Control by Nathan Boole:
‘A twisted take on teenage control issues. While it’s well-written, I didn’t rank first because it jumps off like a newspaper article that we’ve already read.’ Also, ‘It’s obvious that Boole has command of the craft; he really drew me in with the strength of his voice.’
Purgatory High by Joey To
Concise, but perhaps not as attention grabbing as the winner. ‘Strong themes’ that perhaps need ‘a little more show and a little less tell’. A good first entry by Joey. We look forward to his future submissions.