Well, coming to end of the Very Terrible Zombie Short Story Writing Competition, I find myself really excited to announce both the writers behind each, and the winner Herself! [All writers in this competition being female, as it happens... Hm.., I wonder if that means women are more understanding of Zombies than men? A question for the ages, I suppose...]
Now, I Really have to say something about each of them because I loved them all! Reading them made me grin or shiver or something in between... Maybe it was something of a grimace?
Competition Entry Number One!
What I especially liked about hers was that it was such the perfect zombie story! I could see it all like it was a movie going on in front of me. The main characters, Lizzie and Pete were completely believable, and I could see them as real people in a real zombie outbreak.
Lizzie's personality was very obvious. She was level-headed and logical, while doing what she needed to in order to keep out of the zombies's way. While Pete, on the other hand, was smart, but brazen, ready to fight before he fled, very much the type of leader.
However much I liked them, the end of the story was so chilling, so fitting for the story written, and I've got to say I loved the whole thing.
Well done, Raven! Thank you so much for submitting an entry! :D
Competition Entry Number Two!
Author: Skyril Oblivion
Yup, that's right, I couldn't resist but write one myself, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Larry's character I got sort of a mixture from different characters before, such as Scapegrace, but not quite as... Delusional. While Jacob Moro was more of the typical journalist I see in movies... Broke, out of a job, needing money, chasing down a story no one believes. To be honest, I loved them both, and I love it when I love my characters. :3
Thanks so much for the votes and the compliments! I really had fun :3
Competition Entry Number Four! [Yes, four, we'll get to Number Three in a moment]
I know the Announcer shouldn't really show favoritism, but seeing as I'm not a professional, I'm going to tell you this entry was my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely enjoyed all the other ones! I loved reading them, and I had fun, but Bones's entry was so light-hearted, while at the same time, having a dreary, zombie horror shroud over it.
Debbie, for instance, was a zombie child, and Bones showed her hunger from Debbie's personal point of view, with a bit of human guilt seeping through her zombie cravings. Now just tell me that's not an original idea! I love the idea of it, and I love the way it's written for Debbie.
When it comes to Allie and Wade, they make such the perfect team. I can almost picture them dancing into the church with classical music playing as they blow zombies's brains about with Wade's shotgun and Allie's baseball bat as the choir looks on in shock and near horror, more at their rescuer's nonchalant personalities than the brain-eating zombies coming towards them.
It was perfect, and the ending was tragic and seemed so real. I could feel what Wade felt before he died before his little zombie sister, Debbie, as everyone fled the scene, more at a loss without Wade.
Thanks so much for entering, Bones :D. I loved it.
Competition Entry Number Three!
Author: Kallista Pendragon
And this is it! The moment you've most likely all been waiting for! Kallista is, indeed, the winner of The Very Terrible Zombie Short Story Writing Competition!
I laughed so much after I read it! It came to a very abrupt halt, which was surprising, but fitting all the same. The theme was light-hearted and just fun! The story was different from the other ones, in that it actually had a happy ending, and, indeed, I remember grinning throughout. :3
Of course, I'm sure you all know the characters, Kallista, Lizzy, Skyril, Ann, and Raven! The only thing I have to say about them, [Well, besides them all being exceedingly awesome, Ahem,] is that Skyril would most likely be the one heaving on the ground, she being more of an indoors, rainy day, bookworm type of girl, even in OC form :P.
Still, the dialogue was funny and witty, and I just imagined everyone running away terrified from Ann's goat... Even if that wasn't actually what they were running away from... And Ann dressed as a zombie at a costume party! Just perfect! Oh, but Ann, now that an actual zombie has been spotted, you might want to remove that makeup O_o.
Lol! So, congratulations, Kallie, for winning this competition with seven votes! You will now be awarded the crown for Queen of the Zombies, and you will forever be in SPG's records as our First Short Story Competition winner! I loved your entry, and I hope you enter any other competitions we have! :D
So ends our first competition!
THANK YOU, everyone who participated. It couldn't have happened at all without you, and you know what? This is what it's all about- Writing. Writing for friends, writing as a challenge, writing for fun, writing because you need to, writing because you love to. :3 The world would be a much sadder place without Challengers like yourselves. Don't ever lose your spirit for writing.
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