Well how about that: not a winner, but first runner up!
I’m delighted to not quite have won. The story I entered, The Hole in the Wall, was written for a fantasy project I was hoping to be a part of but it didn’t make the cut (damn them!), so I wasn’t really sure what I’d do with it. Knowing it pleased enough impartial readers to take joint second gives me hope that I can find a new home for it. Time to start submitting it again!
The results have been tallied, and we are proud to announce the winners of the 5th Annual Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest!
1st Place:”The God Beast of Duolunduo” by Michael Reid (Burlington, ON)
Runner-Up: “The Hole in the Wall” by Andrew Leon Hudson (Madrid, Spain)
Runner-Up: “Changed” by Stacy Sinclair (Waterloo, ON)
Congratulations to the winners as well as the other finalists! We had a wonderful crop of stories this year and final competition was fierce. We hope to see more from all of you in the future!
Thanks to our judges, Hiromi Goto, Tanya Huff, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia as well as our SWAMPED first readers, Claire Humphrey, Kelsi Morris, and Adam Shaftoe! Thanks also to our sponsors, Innsmouth Free Press and Laksa Media, the board of the Friends of the Merril Collection, and of course Lorna Toolis and the staff of the Collection.
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