Voting on my free book edit contest ended on 23rd December, 2018.
A total of 1205 votes were cast, by 510 visitors. Twelve were disqualified because my response email bounced, so 498 had their votes counted. If you’re good at arithmetic, you’ll notice that a significant minority only cast one vote. Oh well…
The winner is W for Wrestling by Keith Manos.
Keith is a teacher, and devised an excellent way of gaining publicity: he contacted teachers in various schools, who instructed and motivated their students to study the ten entries, and vote for three. Naturally, since the teacher had talked about Keith, almost invariably one of the three votes was for his entry.
Keith’s theme is the effects of bullying, and the way a combat sport (in his case, wrestling) can build self-confidence and inner strength in victims. His 1000 word sample vividly shows a victim’s internal reality. So, this is excellent education for these young people.
I’ve had comments from visitors who responded to my email to them, letting me know that they found all the entries excellent. Nan Pokerwinski made hers public: “So hard to narrow my choices down to three! Some intriguing stories and fine writers here.”
Here are the votes cast:
|Glory for the Brave Georgiann Baldino||89|
|Looking Through Rose-colored Glasses Janet Rose||77|
|Summer Dreams Helen Dale||118|
|The Lip Reader Michael Thal||120|
|Trains only go one way Genya Johnson||77|
|W is for Wrestling Keith Manos||353|
|The Long Lake Journal Chris Zantow||69|
|A Taste for Death Dorothy Day||145|
|The Sleeping Ground Lynette Willoughby||73|
|Greenpunk Monica Friedman||84|