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.....
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.
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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!