Back to back wins! Michael Wehunt also won March’s contest. This month he took First Place with his story “Stabat Mater.”
This month’s prompt was based on this Harlan Ellison quote from a recent Tor.com interview:
“In the introduction to this new edition of Web of the City, Ellison writes of a possible legend about Ernest Hemingway intentionally destroying his first novel. From the introduction:
“Yes, the story goes, Hemingway had written a book before The Sun Also Rises, and there he was aboard a ship, steaming either here or there; and he was at the rail, leaning over, thinking, and then he took the boxed manuscript of the book…and threw it into the ocean. Apparently on the theory that no one should ever read a writer’s first novel.”
This quote was referring to the reissue of Ellison’s first novel. For the contest prompt, I asked participants to write about tossing away their firstborn child and base it on the same theory Ellison describes above. I also asked that they not take the easy road and write something that involves sacrificial/religious offerings.
Michael Wehunt stepped up and scored his third First Place finish, the sixth time he’s been in the top three—in just seven contests! Impressive, indeed.
In Second Place was past winner J. Kyle Turner and his story “Song of a Dying Country.” Third Place was taken by Brian White, with his tale “Balancing Act.”
So a big congratulations to all!