The selection process ties all of us up in knots every Challenge, but it was especially excruciating to draw up a SHORTLIST this time. And even more difficult for our judge, Nick Wilford, to narrow the list down to 3 winners.
To be perfectly honest, practically everyone was on my 'longlist' at the first reading, because my selection tends to favour the interpretation of the prompt over other aspects. And that has been beyond superlative this Challenge.
Mushrooms, apples, pumpkins, oranges, berries, vampires, witches, tears, fairies, students, a Garden of Eden story, infertility and abuse, a planet which absorbs lifeforms, a film title, whoa!...I mean - how varied and how innovative can anyone get? Blown away by this bunch!
We had an agonising time picking out the shortlist, but after much discussion we managed to send this list to Nick.
But in the end, there are entries that make the final cut, often because they have something ingenious, some je-ne-sais-quoi about them that makes a lingering impact.
Sorry to have to sound an off putting note here - a small but persistent number are getting knocked off our shortlist because they comment on too few entries or do not comment at all. We've had to omit names from the shortlist far too many times. Unless the writer comments on a significant number of entries, their piece will not be considered for shortlisting, no matter how stellar it might be.
"It treats the subject in such a stark and sobering way…Amazing to pack something so powerful in so few words."
"Takes a sideways look at a difficult subject and does it in a way that it doesn't lose any of the impact. Really well done."
The random pick winner using the Random Name Generator is Toi Thomas! Toi, please accept the badge on behalf of all the awesome commenters and display it on your blog!
Thank you all for an amazing, awesome, diverse and uber creative October Challenge!
And here's a sneak peek of what New Year 2020 is going to bring! More about that too in December.
#WEPFF Horrible Harvest winners announced. @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG