Sunday, 13 January 2013

#12Masque Fan Fave: WINNER!

Ladies and gentlemen, the last 24 hours have been a frenzy of voting!  

Your stories have enchanted and amused , broken hearts, thrilled and enthralled. I hope all the participating writers have enjoyed the enthusiastic comments on their stories.  The fan votes showed that EVERY STORY has its fans - the voting has been nail bitingly close!

Voting has closed with nearly 100 votes cast.  It is time to reveal the Fan's Choice winner.

But first, the talented silver medalist Runners Up....

The Runners Up in the #12Masque Fans' Favourite Vote are...   

Ruth Long's Unmasked

 Ma cherie, I warned you. I do not play at love..."

Ruth's dandy highwayman shed his mask and gained all our hearts. A wonderful whirlwind romance with a devil-may-care hero, if you haven't read it, make sure you do!  

Please join me in congratulating Ruth!  You can find her on Twitter as @bullishink or over on her blog at: Bullish Ink.  My question is, is THIS the soundtrack to her story or is THIS (sing along now!)? 

Melpomene Selemidis' The Seduction of the Minotaur 

"Deep down in the dark labyrinthe maze of her mind..." 

Melpomene's poignant and poetic retelling of Ariadne and the Minotaur stole the poetry-loving vote overnight with its dramatic evocation of an ancient myth.  Read it here.

Please join me in congratulating poet Melpomene! You can find her on Twitter at @Melpomuse or on her blog Musings of Melpomene

Now finally.... the vote you have all been waiting for: the Fan's Favourite

With by far the largest share of the votes I am delighted to announce that the Fan's Choice and winner of the Volto Prize is.....

*drum roll*

*dramatic pause*

*hushed silence*

You chose.... 

Sophie Moss' Rose Petal Masquerade 

"I’d worn the mask of motherhood, wife, cook, chauffeur, teacher, counselor for so long; it was my portrait now." 

Sophie's tender romance showed us the masks that life carves upon our faces and that true love is everlasting.  Sophie is the author of two beautiful romances, the Selkie Spell and the Selkie Enchantress, an avid reader of fairy tales and a green-fingered goddess with a penchant for Guinness.  

Please join me in congratulating Sophie on winning the Fan's Vote for the Twelfth Night Masquerade Flash Fiction Contest and the Volto Prize!

*pops champagne and tosses confetti* 

You can find her on Twitter as @SMossWrites or on her blog over at Sophie Moss Writes

Woot! Woot! Hurrah! Hurray! 

To find out all about the Volto Prize, check out Prizes! Judges!


Huge thanks to all the writers and poets who participated in #12Masque and all the people who took the time to read their work, comment, share and vote.

Check in on Wednesday 16 January Monday 14 January to find out the Poet's Choice for the most Evocative story or poem and Tuesday 15 January to find out the Judge's Choice of best overall entry. 

Particular thanks to the judges Irina, Kern, Jenn and the Silver Elf for taking the time to pore over all the stories and give their considered verdict!


Diane J. Reed said...

Congratulations to the winners—all of the stories were such a delight to read! So rich & compelling : )

Meg McNulty said...

Agreed! And the voting showed that every story had a fan (or MANY fans!) - but Sophie's tale outstripped them all :-)

Sophie Moss said...

I'm so honored to be chosen as the fanfav winner! Thank you so much to everyone who voted! :) I adored Ruth's Highwaymen story and Melanie's gorgeous dark poem. Thanks for hosting such an awesome contest, Meg! You rock. :)

Lisa Shambrook said...

Congratulations to Sophie, Ruth and Melpomene! Wonderful stories and a great contest!

Karna said...

Congratulations to the winners! Sophie, Ruth and Melpomenne. I enjoyed reading the stories and am in awe of the talent that you ALL have.