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All Hallow's Tales - RESULTS!

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 22, 2012, 6:57 AM

October 31, 2012 - Time to put the chainsaws back in the shed, hang the skin-suits up in the closet and announce the WINNERS of this year's All Hallow's Tales Contest! Competition this year may have been less crowded than in previous years, but no less fierce!  Please help me congratulate this year's winners:

FIRST PLACE:

Harvest Time     "Oh, come on. There's got to be service around here somewhere." Maria stretched her arm high over her head, hoping that the extra height would help her cell phone find enough bars to call for a tow truck. When that did no good, she climbed up on the roof of her station wagon.
     "Don't you ever try something like this, Lucy. It's dangerous. Mommy's only doing it because it's an emergency."
     "Okay, Mommy." Lucy was playing in the grass by the car, and even though nobody was around, Maria couldn't help but worry.
     "Stay close to the car, okay? You don't want to get lost out here." Maria didn't want to even be here. If the GPS hadn't failed, she probably wouldn't have ended up on this godforsaken road in the middle of the night, watching the trees for psychos and looking for headlights in case someone else was crazy enough to come this way.
     "Don'

Harvest Time by Tobaeus

First Prize
:bulletred: 1,000 points courtesy of Points Pool donors.
:bulletred: $20 Amazon Gift Card from Memnalar
:bulletred: Dripping Blood Bookmark from Memnalar
:bulletred: dA Print of winner's choice from CRLiterature
:bulletred: 6-month premium membership from CRLiterature
:bulletred: 3-month premium membership from Memnalar
:bulletred: £50 worth of tokens in TheSkaBoss' browser game Lyrania.*
:bulletred: Free copy of Applianceocalypse by Tobaeus**
:bulletred: Feature in "Friday Night Features" from dreamsinstatic
:bulletred: Journal feature from Penfury
:bulletred: Journal feature from SadisticIceCream
:bulletred: Journal feature from pullingcandy
:bulletred: Journal feature from IrrevocableFate
:bulletred: Journal feature from Writers-Workshop



SECOND PLACE:

OzymandiasJuly 3, 1928
The excavation commenced this morning. Max claims we'll have this temple untucked before next October, but I know he's being excessively optimistic for Arthur's sake. Still, who'd suppose we could even manage this far without bumbling ourselves into a cataract? I rode on a camel for the first time only a month ago, and the beast didn't even bite me. I'd say that's success already.
July  4
Bloody hot. Why'd we go in summer again?
July 6
We've got some sort of corner showing through. Can't determine yet whether it's from the point of a pyramid-like object, or the corner of a more rectangular sort. Odd angle. I suppose centuries of sand will do that to you.
It'll be an awful lot more interesting when we get to the proper haul, though I imagine most of that's inside. Until then it's picks and more picks and sweating little snail trails on the sand. Makes it very clear how much of man is liquid.
July 9
Arthur's had that twitchy look about him all day

Ozymandias by orphicfiddler

Second Prize
:bulletred: 800 points courtesy of Points Pool donors.
:bulletred: Dripping Blood Bookmark from Memnalar
:bulletred: 3-month premium membership from CRLiterature
:bulletred: 3-month premium membership from Memnalar
:bulletred: £20 worth of tokens in TheSkaBoss' browser game Lyrania.*
:bulletred: Free copy of Applianceocalypse by Tobaeus**
:bulletred: Feature in "Friday Night Features" from dreamsinstatic
:bulletred: Journal feature from Penfury
:bulletred: Journal feature from SadisticIceCream
:bulletred: Journal feature from pullingcandy
:bulletred: Journal feature from IrrevocableFate
:bulletred: Journal feature from Writers-Workshop



THIRD PLACE:

Ghost of a ChanceI flicked through radio stations, trying to find one that had decent reception out here.  The classic country station had petered out about fifteen miles down the two-lane county road, and the beat-up Chevy that held all our gear didn't have a CD player.  Static, static, and more static, then a burst of faint Hispanic-sounding music, but even the ranchera station was more white noise than melody.
"Forget it, Jules," Elliot sighed from the back seat.  "It's only twenty more minutes."
"Yeah, assuming we don't run into a dirt road with a tree across it."  Ally, our pugnacious resident skeptic, glared at the asphalt ahead of us.
"Don't jinx us, Ally."  I ran a nervous finger over my rosary.  "We lost cell phone signal when we turned off the main road."
"Don't sweat it.  We'll be fine."  Elliot's voice of reason made me feel better, even if it didn't entirely quell my lurking fears.  "Go left at this n

Ghost of a Chance by Aranov

Third Prize
:bulletred: 500 points courtesy of Points Pool donors.
:bulletred: 3-month premium membership from CRLiterature
:bulletred: 1-month premium membership from Memnalar
:bulletred: £10 worth of tokens in TheSkaBoss' browser game Lyrania.*
:bulletred: Free copy of Applianceocalypse by Tobaeus**
:bulletred: Feature in "Friday Night Features" from dreamsinstatic
:bulletred: Journal feature from Penfury
:bulletred: Journal feature from SadisticIceCream
:bulletred: Journal feature from pullingcandy
:bulletred: Journal feature from IrrevocableFate
:bulletred: Journal feature from Writers-Workshop

*TheSkaBoss describes Lyrania as "a grindy text-based browser
rpg that's great for keeping you entertained at work (or otherwise
procrastinating on your writing!)." So check it out.

** Tobaeus describes Applianceocalypse
as "the story of a toaster that steals parts from other appliances in
order to become the family's favorite. But competition lurks in the
cabinets,  and mechanical upgrades might not be enough to win this
fight." The story comes in e-book format.



JUDGE'S PICKS:

But wait! There's MORE! Each judge was asked to provide a Judge's Pick, or an entry that stood out in their eyes outside of pesky points totals. Here they are:

writerism: Harvest Time by Tobaeus tobaeus.deviantart.com/art/Har… - Holy crap, is it possible for me to score higher just for sheer scary points? I was so impressed by the way ~Tobaeus used the usual suspects of no cell phone signal, broken down car, old stranger in the middle of no where, and then took all of that in a direction I was not expecting. I like stories that take a simple plot and make it their own without trying hard at all, and this one tickled my Halloween fancy. The stuff of nightmares, right here. My nightmares, to be exact. My hat is tipped off to you!

angeljunkie: The Fish Men of Nuptus County by NamelessShe fav.me/d5i2jfl - It was kind of nostalgic in a way, going back to horror stories that were more about monsters than broken down cars and serial killers in cabins. I appreciated that, and it was pretty well written. Loved the quirky tone.

Memnalar: Schillick Fun Sized by BarbecuedIguana fav.me/d5hku5f - JD has a knack for not merely thinking outside the box, but cutting the box apart and making a trombone out of it. Kudos for coming up with the best Halloween story inspired by late-nite informercials.

Beccalicious wasn't able to provide a Judge's Pick, on account of babby. She is forgiven. 

Each Judge's Pick receives 300 Points, courtesy of Points Pool donors.


Speaking of Points Pool Donors, here's the list of those wonderful people:

Points Pool Donors: (These points will be used for contest prizes, judge appreciation and other such.)
Tobaeus 320 points
neurotype 200 points
thorns 1,600 points
Lucy-Merriman 200 points
LiliWrites 100 points
orphicfiddler 100 points
Penfury 50 points
ThornyEnglishRose 50 points
BespectacledSloth 150 points
Anonymous: 30 points
Anonymous: 200 points
TheSkaBoss 700 points
BarbecuedIguana 800 points
Anonymous: 100 points
ilyilaice 30 points
Anonymous: 5 points
Foreststone 50 points
Anonymous: 50 points



JUDGING:

Each entry was judged on a point system encompassing four factors: Creativity, Technique, Use of Theme and "The Halloween Factor."

JUDGES
The following brave souls read and scored the entries. :worship: Each will receive 500 points for their hard work, courtesy of Points Pool donors.
Beccalicious
writerism
angeljunkie


EPITAPH:


Thanks to all the entrants, judges, sponsors and prize donors for making this another successful contest. Halloween is VERY important to me for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is it gives us a reason to relax, have fun, and face our fears in the spirit of imagination and play.

Monsters are real. Don't let 'em get you. Happy Halloween!

Stock art used in journal header: fav.me/d1fwrkp fav.me/d2o3afw www.thinkstockphotos.com/image…

All Hallow's Tales stamp by Memnalar



Results for annual Halloween prose fiction contest! :pumpkin:
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:iconirrevocablefate:
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
:iconsomeconfettiplz: :pumpkin:
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:iconwaiting-for-wings:
waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats to the winners!!
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:iconaranov:
Aranov Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Holy grail! :faint: I'm honored, y'all. Thank you so much! :hug:
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Aranov Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Holy grail! :faint: I'm honored, y'all. Thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconwriterism:
writerism Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So very happy that this finally came together! It really was fun reading them all. :)
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Foreststone Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS :D

Knew I wouldn't win but hey it was super fun! Thanks `Memnalar for hosting the contest!
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Rinkinkeen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*sigh* I didn't really expect to win after reading the other amazing stories here, but it was fun anyway. :meow: I actually finished a story for once.
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orphicfiddler Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Wooooo! Congrats to e'erbody!
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Penfury Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Congrats to the winners! Lots of good reading here. :pumpkin:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Writer
:iconcongratssignplz: ...if only those lights were orange, this sign would be the right Hallween colors. :iconbatsplz:
~Tobaeus, *orphicfiddler and ~Aranov - I'll read your work in the middle of tonight (Oct. 31). 0.0
[Congrats to the judges, too. It's not an easy job.]
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