Grab a cup of tea or coffee (oh what the heck, get a danish too!) and sit a spell. You might want to grab your notebook and pen because you never know when you will be inspired to write down a quote, or jot down a poem of your own. Words are like that, they take you on a journey and the next thing you know you are breathing life into your own magical world of words.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fantasy Fiction Writing Contest Winners

I held a writing contest between February 21, 2012 through to March 20, 2012 and never posted the results. I think I was a bit embarrassed that I didn't have more entries and was unable to complete the Anthology that was to be created from it. These wonderful writers are long overdue their accolades.

There can be only one winner within a contest but I feel like I have two. The first because I felt her story had all the elements of the contest and weaved a story that thrilled me to my marrow.

The author's name is Staci Troilo and you can find her on Facebook as well. She confessed to me that Young Adult stories weren't her thing after the first or second submission but on her fourth submission I think we were both surprised. I actually discussed it in a previous post, Finish or Quit, because it was so incredibly well timed and such an outstanding story. Read the winning story, Rite of Passage.
It is a coming of age story of a young boy with all the fears and insecurities wonderfully expressed with a twist that, with each word I read, brought hope and excitement. Staci has two short stories being published in an anthology, and a book with an editor that she is hopeful will be published. 

The second winner is the lovely L.S. Engler. She actually submitted more stories than anyone else and has published her very own anthology using many of the stories she was inspired to create from the contest's prompts. The story that I loved most from her is, Dragon Rising, the first story in her Anthology, Bowlful of Bunnies, now out from Amazon that just came out today! I love this story's charming characters that you begin to love and wish there is more of at the end of the story. This is a book I would definitely like to read to my grand daughters.

Thank you both for sharing your wonderful stories with me and I wish you Much Success now and in the future!

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