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All Hallow's Tales Contest 2014 - RESULTS!

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 2, 2014, 12:15 PM


This contest is generously sponsored by prize donors and:
:iconcrliterature:  :iconpersistent-practice:  :iconthewrittenrevolution:

Alas, another Halloween has come and gone, and I have finally roused my weary carcass from its falling-place to bring you THE WINNERS!

See the Entry Gallery for all entries, and the Photo Morgue for all source photography used as inspiration!



THE WINNERS

:pumpkin: FIRST PLACE - The Karma Train by ThornyEnglishRose

The Karma Train‘There is nothing worse than going to school by tube!’ said Alice.
James had no reply.  They were hanging onto a pole in the middle of the carriage, swaying and bumping into each other, and into people on their way to work.  The train smelt of sweat, coffee and clothing.  The only passengers to acknowledge each other were those in school uniform.  The rest stared through each other, or over each other’s heads, expressionless and silent.
The next station is Southgate.
‘I’m never getting a tube again after school’s finished,’ said Alice.  ‘Well, not in the rush hour, anyway.  I mean, look at these people!  What a bunch of zombies!’
For a moment, James  tried to shrink into his school shirt like a tortoise into its shell.  Then he realised no one was looking at them.  Alice was right.  They were zombies, and not the flesh eating kind.  They saw noth
 

First Place Prizes:

  •  prize by Memnalar Hardcover copy of Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown, edited by Marvin Kaye - from Memnalar  (candles not included.)
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
  • 2,000 dA Points - from Points Pool
  • Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
  • Critique from HtBlack

ThornyEnglishRose's assigned photo by randomaxes, who will receive 200 dA points for donating his work to the contest:

 the next stop is... by randomaxes



:pumpkin: SECOND PLACE - Death Cam by dparparita

Death CamCharville is a ghost town. Large, dust-covered “for sale” sighs line the empty streets. All the young people have moved away, to the big city, looking for better jobs and a better future. All the old people are either dead or dying.
If you keep walking beyond the edge of the town, you’ll see a tall, overgrown hedge on the right side of the road. It’s the only fence Grandpa ever agreed to. Further on, the road turns to the right. Grandpa’s house is waiting for you there, beyond the bend in the road, ready to pop up in front of you with its broken shutters and ghostly curtains to give you a scare. It’s a squat with a low roof covering the ground floor. Inside, the wooden floor squeaks and creeks under your feet like a living thing. If you stand still, the silence is maddening.
I thought clearing out Grandpa’s house would only take a few days. There was the funeral, a small ceremony attended by the few neighbors he had left, then a day set aside f


Second Place Prizes:
  • $15 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
  • 1,000 dA Points - from Points Pool
  • Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
  • Critique from HtBlack
dparparita's assigned photo by tiganusi, who will receive 200 dA points for donating his work to the contest:

Yashicamat by tiganusi



:pumpkin: THIRD PLACE - Insects by SCFrankles

Insects“Thank you for coming in,” said the interviewer, as they settled down on opposite sides of the desk. “It’s Mr. Carlton, isn’t it? May I call you Paul?”
“Yes. Yes, that’s fine,” said Carlton, attempting to relax.
The interviewer checked the piece of paper in front of him, and looked up again. “Well, Paul, perhaps we could start with you telling me a little about why you would be suitable for the job.”
“Right,” said Carlton. “Um, well, I’ve worked in security for 15 years, first for—”
The interviewer interrupted him. “Actually, it’s not security work.”
“Isn’t it?” Carlton looked bewildered. “But the advert mentioned intruders and keeping out unwelcome visitors…”
The interviewer smiled a little. “That is true. But we’re talking more about pest control.”
Carlton’s face fell. “Right. Well, I’m sorry fo


Third Place Prizes:
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
  • 700 dA Points - from Points Pool
  • Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
  • Critique from HtBlack
SCFrankles' assigned photo by randomaxes who will receive (another) 200 dA points for donating his work to the contest:

epilogue by randomaxes


JUDGES' PICKS


JUDGES
The following brave souls read and scored the entries. Worship
Beccalicious
DrippingWords
neurotype
KreepingSpawn

As part of their judging, I asked each one to provide me with a "Judge's Pick," or an entry that they felt deserved special attention regardless of scores or contest results.  Here they are:

Beccalicious chose Karma Train by ThornyEnglishRose - "It just felt very well rounded in a short story, the characterisation, the suspense and the little twist that it wasn't who you expected it to be. Loved the British-ness of it too!"

DrippingWords chose Howl by HtBlack

neurotype chose Niavete in Black by BarbecuedIguana - "...for being a whole other kind of terror. The kind that actually scares me. D:<"

KreepingSpawn chose Karma Train by ThornyEnglishRose - "Though it vaguely reminds me of Stephen King's 'evil train' Blaine in the Dark Tower series, the concept is intriguing, the characters are interesting."

Each Judge's Pick winner will get 150 dA points (per judge that picked them).

THANK YOU

I could not do these contests without the participation and generosity of contest entrants, sponsor groups, prize donors, and in this case, the talented and creative pool of generous photographers who allowed the use of their work for this contest.

iamadem, randomaxes, faeriecrone, WorldWar-Tori, jamberry-song, pullingcandy, LacedShadowDiamond, tiganusi, Lonacc, jenepooh, maxnort, SadisticIceCream, DrippingWords, Magnius159


Points Pool Donors:
Pooled points are used for prizes or other contest-related activities.

BarbecuedIguana - 1,500 points
GrimFace242 - 1,000 points
xlntwtch - 1,000 points
Tobaeus - 600 points
Halatia - 500 points
LadyLincoln - 300 points
Magnius159 - 300 points
Aranov - 200 points
TheSkaBoss 200 points
ThornyEnglishRose - 100 points
HuffingtontheOnly - 7 points


Features for All Winners donated by:  Persistent-Practice, theWrittenRevolution



And that's all for this year, my ghouls and goblins.  But don't be sad, and always remember:

Halloween never ends. It WAITS.



All Hallow's Tales stamp by Memnalar





Yes, I totally owe you guys contest results. I have all judges' tallies, but the weekend has been a whirlwind of busy. Will try to post tomorrow. I do hope your Halloween was frightfully wonderful!

All Hallow's Tales Contest 2014 - RESULTS!

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 2, 2014, 12:15 PM


This contest is generously sponsored by prize donors and:
:iconcrliterature:  :iconpersistent-practice:  :iconthewrittenrevolution:

Alas, another Halloween has come and gone, and I have finally roused my weary carcass from its falling-place to bring you THE WINNERS!

See the Entry Gallery for all entries, and the Photo Morgue for all source photography used as inspiration!



THE WINNERS

:pumpkin: FIRST PLACE - The Karma Train by ThornyEnglishRose

The Karma Train‘There is nothing worse than going to school by tube!’ said Alice.
James had no reply.  They were hanging onto a pole in the middle of the carriage, swaying and bumping into each other, and into people on their way to work.  The train smelt of sweat, coffee and clothing.  The only passengers to acknowledge each other were those in school uniform.  The rest stared through each other, or over each other’s heads, expressionless and silent.
The next station is Southgate.
‘I’m never getting a tube again after school’s finished,’ said Alice.  ‘Well, not in the rush hour, anyway.  I mean, look at these people!  What a bunch of zombies!’
For a moment, James  tried to shrink into his school shirt like a tortoise into its shell.  Then he realised no one was looking at them.  Alice was right.  They were zombies, and not the flesh eating kind.  They saw noth
 

First Place Prizes:

  •  prize by Memnalar Hardcover copy of Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown, edited by Marvin Kaye - from Memnalar  (candles not included.)
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
  • 2,000 dA Points - from Points Pool
  • Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
  • Critique from HtBlack

ThornyEnglishRose's assigned photo by randomaxes, who will receive 200 dA points for donating his work to the contest:

 the next stop is... by randomaxes



:pumpkin: SECOND PLACE - Death Cam by dparparita

Death CamCharville is a ghost town. Large, dust-covered “for sale” sighs line the empty streets. All the young people have moved away, to the big city, looking for better jobs and a better future. All the old people are either dead or dying.
If you keep walking beyond the edge of the town, you’ll see a tall, overgrown hedge on the right side of the road. It’s the only fence Grandpa ever agreed to. Further on, the road turns to the right. Grandpa’s house is waiting for you there, beyond the bend in the road, ready to pop up in front of you with its broken shutters and ghostly curtains to give you a scare. It’s a squat with a low roof covering the ground floor. Inside, the wooden floor squeaks and creeks under your feet like a living thing. If you stand still, the silence is maddening.
I thought clearing out Grandpa’s house would only take a few days. There was the funeral, a small ceremony attended by the few neighbors he had left, then a day set aside f


Second Place Prizes:
  • $15 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
  • 1,000 dA Points - from Points Pool
  • Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
  • Critique from HtBlack
dparparita's assigned photo by tiganusi, who will receive 200 dA points for donating his work to the contest:

Yashicamat by tiganusi



:pumpkin: THIRD PLACE - Insects by SCFrankles

Insects“Thank you for coming in,” said the interviewer, as they settled down on opposite sides of the desk. “It’s Mr. Carlton, isn’t it? May I call you Paul?”
“Yes. Yes, that’s fine,” said Carlton, attempting to relax.
The interviewer checked the piece of paper in front of him, and looked up again. “Well, Paul, perhaps we could start with you telling me a little about why you would be suitable for the job.”
“Right,” said Carlton. “Um, well, I’ve worked in security for 15 years, first for—”
The interviewer interrupted him. “Actually, it’s not security work.”
“Isn’t it?” Carlton looked bewildered. “But the advert mentioned intruders and keeping out unwelcome visitors…”
The interviewer smiled a little. “That is true. But we’re talking more about pest control.”
Carlton’s face fell. “Right. Well, I’m sorry fo


Third Place Prizes:
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card (or equivalent amount in dA points) from Memnalar
  • 700 dA Points - from Points Pool
  • Three-Month Premium Membership from CactussKate
  • Critique from HtBlack
SCFrankles' assigned photo by randomaxes who will receive (another) 200 dA points for donating his work to the contest:

epilogue by randomaxes


JUDGES' PICKS


JUDGES
The following brave souls read and scored the entries. Worship
Beccalicious
DrippingWords
neurotype
KreepingSpawn

As part of their judging, I asked each one to provide me with a "Judge's Pick," or an entry that they felt deserved special attention regardless of scores or contest results.  Here they are:

Beccalicious chose Karma Train by ThornyEnglishRose - "It just felt very well rounded in a short story, the characterisation, the suspense and the little twist that it wasn't who you expected it to be. Loved the British-ness of it too!"

DrippingWords chose Howl by HtBlack

neurotype chose Niavete in Black by BarbecuedIguana - "...for being a whole other kind of terror. The kind that actually scares me. D:<"

KreepingSpawn chose Karma Train by ThornyEnglishRose - "Though it vaguely reminds me of Stephen King's 'evil train' Blaine in the Dark Tower series, the concept is intriguing, the characters are interesting."

Each Judge's Pick winner will get 150 dA points (per judge that picked them).

THANK YOU

I could not do these contests without the participation and generosity of contest entrants, sponsor groups, prize donors, and in this case, the talented and creative pool of generous photographers who allowed the use of their work for this contest.

iamadem, randomaxes, faeriecrone, WorldWar-Tori, jamberry-song, pullingcandy, LacedShadowDiamond, tiganusi, Lonacc, jenepooh, maxnort, SadisticIceCream, DrippingWords, Magnius159


Points Pool Donors:
Pooled points are used for prizes or other contest-related activities.

BarbecuedIguana - 1,500 points
GrimFace242 - 1,000 points
xlntwtch - 1,000 points
Tobaeus - 600 points
Halatia - 500 points
LadyLincoln - 300 points
Magnius159 - 300 points
Aranov - 200 points
TheSkaBoss 200 points
ThornyEnglishRose - 100 points
HuffingtontheOnly - 7 points


Features for All Winners donated by:  Persistent-Practice, theWrittenRevolution



And that's all for this year, my ghouls and goblins.  But don't be sad, and always remember:

Halloween never ends. It WAITS.



All Hallow's Tales stamp by Memnalar





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