Straight from the fingers of Ms. Chiotti herself:
What a fun week this has been! Thanks so much to Authoress, and to the dedicated fans of this site, for allowing me the opportunity to hang out here and do some really fun reading.
There were plenty of entries that I thought showed tremendous promise here, so when it came down to choosing and ranking my favorites, it was tough (which is why I ended up with two silver medalists!). I’ve listed the winners below, along with the prizes.
Also, if I mentioned in my comments that I would be interested in reading more of the project, those authors are very welcome to submit to me, per our submissions guidelines, which are available at Upstart Crow. Please put “Authoress” in your subject line.
Finally, I’d like to wish the best of luck to all of the creative, energetic writers who are working so hard to get published—keep writing, keep working at your craft,and it will happen for you!
LIFE ILLUMINATED #2
This is my standout favorite. I was immediately drawn in by the voice, and the character’s obviously dark past. It was immediately vivid and engaging.
Prize: Request full manuscript for consideration, and will give 10 pp critique.
I was really intrigued by this piece. It has the makings of a really interesting story, and I’m dying to find out what happens next. Nicely done!
Prize: Request full manuscript for consideration, and will give 5 pp critique.
SINGING THE WIRES #40
This was really beautifully written, the action was fantastic, and the details were very clearly conveyed. Looking forward to reading more of this.
Prize: Request full ms for consideration, and will give 5 pp critique.
MAGIC SHOES #15
I love the boy voice here, and the detailing is quite nicely done.
Prize; Request first 100 pp of manuscript
URBAN MYTHOS #27
This one had a lot of personality, and I’d love to see where it goes.
Prize: Request first 50 pp of manuscript
CONGRATULATIONS, everyone! Please email me at facelesswords(at)gmail.com for specific submission instructions.