Well, I have finished with the judging.
I judged as fairly as I could—and here is the final list:
- 1.Bessie Lark: Ascension: 22.5
- 2.Lalaithiel: Going Home: 21
- Lalaithiel: Power: 20
- juliel1tps Alone: 18.5
- Bessie Lark: Weary Years: 17.5
- Mariertps: Surfing on Silver: 17
- Justinian: The Killing Field: 16.5
- juliel1tps Final Words: 16.5
So in first place we have Bessie Lark with her story “Ascension”! Congratulations!
The prize is as usual—any short story, article, or piece of poetry you want published on Worldpen. Second place, Lalathiel, is also able to publish a piece of writing—for the first time ever!
As the first prize winner, Bessie Lark can also request a blog post on any subject (barring inappropriate ones) for either I (Brevin) or Josiah to write. It could be a short story, analysis, genre…whatever. We await your choice!
Darkness. All his world was darkness. For years he labored in the dark, black subterranean caverns. Disregarding any exhaustion, he pressed doggedly on, stripping the rock of its jewels.
And then, one moment in time, something changed. A man came to him in the dark and spoke:
“You are too old. Your work here is done.”
Something sparkled inside him. Done! Suddenly invigorated, he silently wormed up, up to the surface. As he blinked in the unfamiliar sunlight, something caressed his cheek. Somehow he knew its name.