@ghost-of-a-dukesaid As always, thank you kindly Ponderable for running the competition and everyone who took the time to read and vote.
Am happy to share first place with my entry 'This little piggy.'
Was a lot of fun to write.
Dear Ghost, I think the joint winners should engage in a virtual arm - wrestling contest, taking into account the average age of each contestant, wind direction, and what each had for breakfast. Who could the other winner be, do you think....?
Beyond the horizon was my entry this year and thank you to the readers who voted for my story. Congratulations to the two winners. Both were truly remarkable and deserved to win. There wasn't a single story I didn't like and I really had a hard time picking my favourite three.
A big thank you to all participants for making this an awesome competition.
Congratulations to the winners. I found it genuinely difficult to vote because of the quality and the diversity and changed my mind a number of times! As per other thread my contribution was just called Escape.
@indonesia-philsaid Dear Ghost, I think the joint winners should engage in a virtual arm - wrestling contest, taking into account the average age of each contestant, wind direction, and what each had for breakfast. Who could the other winner be, do you think....?
@wolfe63said Both of Ghost's stories were brilliant! Very well done!!
From my humble perspective, "This Little Piggy" was the best story submitted. It was as if Franz Kafka had written it while having a good trip on acid. 😀
And the tribute to Turgenev in "Lockdown" would have made Tolstoy jealous. 🙂
Keep supplying the excellence: A true pleasure.
'A good trip on acid.' I like that. 😀
Due to the different voting format this year (2 rounds) I wrote what I call a 'Marmite story.' (One that readers would either love or hate). Ordinarily, I'd write something to have more general appeal, as second and 3rd votes add up. This year however that wouldn't have been enough to win the final round. My aim was to at least qualify for the final and then have several voters who had it as their favourite.
I think the ghost and I have played 13 games of chess, although mostly during games we just chat or make up stories together, and we've had 8 draws, so you can't really put a cigarette paper between us.