And to the stern and impartial judges, Dave Zeltserman and Aldo Calcagno, I owe a serious debt of gratitude for volunteering their time and experience. Never having administered a contest before, I had no idea how valuable it would be to have qualified, unbiased eyes evaluating these stories.
And now, the winners:
1st Place: Beast by Hilary Davidson ($25 prize)Rounding out the top five are Jimmy Callaway (Frog and Toad Are No Longer Friends) and Mike Wilkerson (Gulf Coast Swimmer). Remember, the top five will have automatic byes in the event there is ever a second Watery Grave Invitational. Again, my thanks to all of the authors for picking up the gauntlet and the pen.
2nd Place: At Least I Felt Something by Sophie Littlefield ($15 prize)
3rd Place: Inspired Love by Keith Rawson ($10 prize)
Watch this space! Hilary Davidson's winning story will be posted soon.