"Little Wooden Hands" by Cee Martinez!
All our finalists received a web badge and a copy of First You Write: The Worst Way to Become an Almost Famous Author and the Best Advice I Got While Doing It. Our Grand Prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire from Stella Link via Amazon.com.
A note from final judge, Stella Link founder Joni Rodgers:
This was a tough decision! Dan Holloway sifted through 60+ submissions (almost all of which were good, many of which were excellent, at least 10 of which were really outstanding) to select our five finalists.
I asked for input from our Extraordinaries, posted a poll so readers could comment and vote for their faves and created an algorithm including a variety of technical and creative factors from number of typos to narrative voice.
If we'd awarded the prize based on popular vote, "Dumpster Dive" would have won it, barely edging out close popular vote second place "Sweat and Tears." For pure creative daring, I'd have given the prize to "Security Guard," and for visual impact, "Crocodile Tears."
Ultimately, with the highest cumulative scores in both technical skill (by far the least copy edit errors) and creative voice (we fell for that winsome Hans Christian Anderson feel), "Little Wooden Hands" is our Grand Prize winner.
Congratulations, Cee! Enjoy your new Kindle Fire!