This is it! You wrote more than 1,200 stories and editor Saundra Mitchell read every single one. Today, she is thrilled to announce the winner of the Defy the Dark short-story contest! Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated!
It has been an extraordinary month. You submitted more than 3.4 million words to this contest. I’ve spent every single day reading your work—falling in love, gasping for breath, and more than once, sobbing my eyes out.
You guys are a seriously talented bunch of writers. Thank you so much for trusting me with your stories. It’s been my honor and privilege to consider them. And now, I’m absolutely thrilled to announce the final three authors for DEFY THE DARK.
Because I can publish only one story in the print version of the anthology, I’m going to publish two additional stories on the official website, DEFYTHEDARK.COM. You’ll be able to read them on the site starting in late spring 2013.
The first story to appear on the website will be BOGWATER by Grrrillaful.The southern gothic voice in this story is pitch perfect. Every line swelters, drawing us deeper into this world. It’s seductively dark, deceptively smart and has a real bite at the end.
AFTER ILLUME by Emily Skrutskie will also be on the website. With deft strokes, this story created a place that none of us have ever been—the depths of space. Once there, it challenges us to face our inevitable end, and it does it with grace, humor and a gentle sense of hope.
Finally, appearing in the pages of DEFY THE DARK, published by HarperTeen in hardcover, paperback and e-book in June 2013, will be:
This story, both wry and wounded, perfectly captures that terrible moment that you can’t get back. From the very first line, the voice is rich and authentic, the emotions raw, but the story tightly told.
Congratulations to all three of you. Your voices stood out, and I can’t wait to share them with readers everywhere.
Your journey as published authors is just beginning and I can’t wait to work with you.