For me, the hardest part of these contests is always the judging. One story, I love because of the lyrical writing. Another, because of the gorgeous imagery or the clever plot or the way it makes me feel at the end.
Ultimately, I could probably choose several sets of winners. Thank you to everyone who entered. Judging is very subjective, so I have to leave it to: who wrote a story for #DFQMND that encompasses the theme and does all of the above. I am very excited to announce these winners. I chose two, one for the Dreams package (Light) and one for the Nightmares Package.
So, without further ado, I present…your winners.
Daniel Swensen, for Annabella of the Spring
Sheer gorgeousness. Daniel, your writing makes it totally worth having to revamp the prize package, since I’m not awarding you the book you wrote. Your story is delicate and yearning and a perfect drop of longing in 400 words. Well done. I will be in touch regarding other prize options.
Honorable Mentions, Dreams
J.T. Ellis, for January in Sunset
Dr. Pete Meyers, for Listen
Holly Kench, for Dreaming Just Enough
Steven Marsden, for The Princess and the Whispering Pines
This is a fantastic surprise, for Steven put up a blog simply to enter this contest. He wasn’t even in the DFQ group before this. Of course, now he is doomed. #MOOGHOOHAH. Steven, your story was lovely and the tempo was classical fairytale, but there’s a dark underbelly that took my breath away. Brava! So glad you entered.
Honorable Mentions, Nightmares
Eric Martell, for Evidence of Things Not Seen
Lyndsey E. Gilbert, for Mother May I
K.J. Collard, for The Coming Winter
Again, thank you to all those who entered! You humble and honor me with your collective talent.
Love to all,