Response to MWC19 - January - Discussion 2019-02-11 11:03:07
After much debate and discussion I've picked my top three entries. It wasn't easy to do and there were a ton of equally good entries that made the narrowing down process difficult. Not only was I unsure on which one to pick for 1st place, but I had found at least 4 entries to be worthy of 3rd place.
To add to this, I apologize for the wait. I know I promised this a bit ago. Not trying to go into excuses because I didn't do an amazing job managing this competition from the start, but I've had weeks of extreme back, neck, and hip pain coupled with depressive states that combined has made every day life difficult let alone anything extra like judging a writing competition. Nonetheless, where we are with results that I'm confident in.
As mentioned in an earlier post I had to bring my spouse in to help me narrow down the entries. She's a published academic writer and has read 1,000's of more books than I can ever imagine reading. Here we go.. no specific review or great detail unless you ask me personally. Just remember I probably haven't taken extremely in depth notes. I can give you very basic recommendations as I just don't have time to properly review every submission. And please be patient if you ask for what I thought about your submission. A lot of times they all come in at once and it can be quite the task to get to them all in a timely manner.
1st place (winner of a month's supporter status): TheInnerScience - A post apocalyptic world of ashes, ruins, and death. I'll say no more, you'll have to read it yourself.
2nd place: Dranj - The Gatecrasher - Reminded me of the Great Gatsby setting, but with a much darker background and story. It was almost an equal to 1st place.
3rd place: LiamRomK - A really cool setting involving a fascist government, hidden truths of history, and time travel.
While I'm on the list of winners there was an extra prize given by @Zhon. He has offered to have a random winner get a scene from the writing animated. As I type this I'm crumbling up three post it notes with the winners and picking them random from a hat.
The winner of having a section of their piece animated is @LiamRomK. Congrats!
If you didn't take a place don't be upset. There were a ton of great stories and entries. The amount of space between what I would consider 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc... were so minimal that I had a very difficult time choosing which one should have been 3rd. Everyone made it difficult and let's all celebrate by reading the stories if you already haven't.
You'll discover a universe of alchemy, one of the struggles of a society on a different planet, spirits and the supernatural. You'll be put through the emotional roller coaster of death and the aftermath that it creates for the ones who keep on living. Give everyone a read, comment on something if you'd like, and support your fellow writers.
Is there anybody who would like to take February off from writing and help judge?