Date: January 27, 2020 03:18PM
At long last, the winners of the RfM Short Story Contest!
I apologize for the delay in announcing the winners. There were so many good entries that choosing the "best" ones was difficult, even with multiple winners. I did arrange to get some second opinions that helped me come to a good conclusion for the contest.
Also, annoyingly, the past year has been rough for me, sucking up a lot of my time and attention. While I wish that hadn't interfered with my board duties, it did.
The lesson learned here is that I'm going to involve (recruit, cajole, shanghai) other board members into helping with similar tasks in the future. Delegation is a powerful tool. You have all been warned.
RfM Short Story Contest Winners
The contest received twenty three entries from seventeen different authors. This was an amazing turnout from our community and the quality of the submissions was high. I read each story and went over the comments that all of you posted beneath them. I also recruited two of our board curmudgeons, elderolddog and ziller, to give me their reactions to the stories. Why those two? They are long-time denizens of RfM, I enjoy their posts, and they both complained about how long it had been since the contest was announced with no winners forthcoming. You stick your head up and you get volunteered. The problem there is that both of them had submitted stories to the contest, which made them biased. I solved that problem by eliminating their entries from the list of potential winners. Not fair? Darned right, it's not fair, but that's the price you pay for being competent and complaining. However, there is a bright spot for those two jokers, and you can read more about it below.
The three winners are (in no particular order):
* kathleen, for the story "Shalom, Pop" -- https://www.exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,2180081
* nli, for the story "Staying Morally Clean at BYU" -- https://www.exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,2168636
(*** Adult themes, NSFW ***)
* Done & Done, for the story "The Spoils of the Victor" -- https://www.exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,2173928
Each winner will receive a CZ from CZ: a cubic zirconium to demonstrate that things that look valuable aren't necessarily so. (There's a metaphor for cults in there somewhere.)
As far as ziller and elderolddog, because they helped me so much, they will also each receive a CZ from CZ. Yeah, I bought extra just in case. Their biases and my biases shouldn't cost them their dreams.
A note on nli's story: It contains adult themes and is very NSFW. Read at your own risk.
I give a big thank you to everyone who wrote stories, read them, commented on them or just thought that the contest was a good idea. We're going to have more contests in the future, and I will ensure that we have sufficient help so that the results are far more prompt than they were this time.
For the winners of the cubic zirconia, please e-mail me privately with an address so that I can send you your prize via U.S. mail. It doesn't have to be your own address if you are concerned with privacy. Feel free to use the address of a friend or relative, a P.O. box, etc. But no dead drops, if you're really paranoid; I dont have the time or resources to travel.
In gratitude to you all,