I am delighted with the turnout this contest. So many great stories submitted! I started writing my own contribution, but life got in the way and tripped me up. But I have a good short story start for a future contest one day.
Before I start I will say that I counted Molly’s Slave girl 7 and the Cupcakes as half light and half dark. Likewise I did the same with Helen’s Two Sides of the Same Coin (as I know that was her original intention).
First Place: Goes to Helen’s – Two Sides of the Same Coin! Congratulations, a clever story had something for everyone and so garnered a lot of support from both sides.
Second Place: Goes to Blair’s – Hailey Explores Life’s Potential! A thrilling climb up a mountain that kept us all on the edge of our seats until the very last moment.
Third Place: Goes to Hooked6’s – Quit while you are ahead! Gotta love doubling down on escalations, and pure ENF bliss.
Best Dark: Goes to Blair again, Blair’s – Hailey Explores Life’s Potential. Lots of contenders for this one, but this focused, polished work deserved the votes earned.
Best Light: Goes to Helen’s – Two Sides of the Same Coin! She won by a landslide here.
And now for the united stories of the Light Side vs the united stories of the Dark Side. Keeping in mind that Molly’s and Hellen’s stories represented both sides so their vote earnings were split and added to both sides.
Light Side total points: 50
Dark Side total points: 74
The grand champion side is Dark!
It was helpful that all the stories contributed, regardless of top rewards. Every single story contributed points to one side or the other (or both). So I am satisfied with the results.
And so while the Dark Side has won the overall war, the First Place Battle was taken by Hellen’s Two Sides of the Same Coin. Which is kind of poetic in that her story represented both sides, equally. So we can say the top battle was a TIE between each side. The second most significant battle was taken by the Dark Side, and the third also by Dark.
I wish we could have had 5 different stories for the 5 slots, but this is how the voting turned out and all awards were fair. I also wish my L story could have made the cut and helped out the L side, but oh well… there is always a next time.
A special thanks to all the creative stories that didn’t get a top place position. Every one of these stories were welcome and pleasant distractions during these tough times in this world and we readers appreciate each and every one. It seems unfair to not mention the other stories. Molly’s story was a powerful blast of humour and dramatic cleverness, and CountryMouse’s Geoff was wonderfully creative on many levels, and I really enjoyed Allegra and the ‘not so mean’ girls. The Dry spell bravely experimented with dual first person, and it was great to see Melissa again. And Tami Lynn was a welcome addition to the flavour of stories around here. A bonus thanks to Hooked6 and CountryMouse for submitting two stories each. Generosity that we could all appreciate!
And so this concludes the Dark vs Light Contest.