Well, kiddies, the 2014 contest is up and running, and entries are starting to trickle in. So before the trickle becomes a flood and we are all overwhelmed by the deluge of great horror, I think now is the perfect time to finally announce the winners of the 2013 contest! But I’m going to keep you waiting just a little bit longer to allow for some announcements.
First, a minor upgrade: MicroHorror is on Twitter! Every new story will be automatically announced on that feed, so follow @MicroHorror666 and never miss a scare! I’ve added a button on the sidebar for your convenience.
CJ Henderson, 1951-2014
Second, as some of you may know, the world lost a great man in July of 2014. CJ Henderson was not only a fantastic writer of horror, science fiction and mystery, but he was kind and generous to everyone he met. A fixture on the convention circuit, CJ was always ready with a joke and a word of encouragement for even the greenest of aspiring writers. His story “That’s the One” was one of the first stories I was ever able to publish on this site, and his support helped me realize that I may actually have something worthwhile going on here.
In memory of the man, and in tribute to the mark he made on the world, with the permission of CJ’s family I hereby proclaim that the award annually given to the winners of the MicroHorror story contest shall be known–henceforth and in perpetuity–as THE CJ HENDERSON MEMORIAL AWARD.
And now, at long last and without further ado, it is my great pleasure to name the winners of the 2013 CJ Henderson Memorial Awards:
Rachel Anding: “Musings of a Celestial Cyclops”
C.L. Hesser: “Eyes”
Angel Zapata: “Eye Appeal”
My heartiest congratulations to the winners, my most heartfelt thanks to all entrants, and my most sincere apologies to everyone who has waited for so long to see these results. Much gratitude as well to my friends W.P. Rigler and Michael A. Arnzen, who assisted me with the difficult task of judging.
Right now, I’m in the process of acquiring the trophies and assembling the prize packages. There’s some really terrific stuff in there, some of which will also be included in the 2014 prizes. More information on that front will come soon.
In the meantime, thank you all again. Now get back to work on your entries for this year! It’s gonna be great; I can feel it in my bones.