The Princess Parade Flash Fiction Contest had five entries (not counting my own entry or the under-16 entry). The challenge was to write a princess story, from 300 to 1,500 words long, that portrayed a strong princess, the kind of princess that would be more likely to save herself than to wait for a prince to come and rescue her.
I would have loved more entries, but of the five entries for the competition, we had some really good stories to read. There was no specification as to whether the stories had to be written for adults or children and we got a nice mix of both kinds of stories.
Including myself, there were six judges, both male and female, and each judge picked their top three favorite stories, ranking them from first to third. Of the five stories, all of them wound up in the top three of the judges more than once. Up until the last vote came in, there was a tie for first place. The sixth judge broke the tie though so we have a winner!
And the winner of the prize is...
Melissa, you will be contacted for a mailing address. Congratulations! (I will also e-mail you a winner's badge that you may put in the sidebar of your blog if you so choose.)
The close second place in the judging was The King is Dead by Scott Hunter and deserves to be mentioned. As I said, every one of the stories was in the judges' top three choices at some point, so congratulations to everyone who entered on writing some thoroughly enjoyable stories!
We only had one entry in the under-16s, so 11 year old Jade with her story The Brave Princess is the winner of the teddy bear!