A little after midnight I checked the Resurrection Blogfest poll and saw a tied score for the 1st prize offering. I Tweeted that news and went to bed, thinking I'd use some site like random.org to break the tie. I didn't feel good about this; life is already so random, I'd have preferred that the 1st prize winner be voted for and not be selected by chance.
As it happens, the poll didn't close.
This morning, I saw that two more votes got in after I went to bed, leaving a clear 1st prize winner.
I don't know what happened with the poll. I'm confident that I set the closing time for 11:59pm on Monday, November 12. No other votes should've gone through after that, but they did.
So I was on the horns of an ethical dilemma: the decisive votes were cast after the stop time I'd published in all of the blogfest announcements. However, if they hadn't been, I'd have had to do the equivalent of flipping a coin to determine a first prize winner.
I'm not happy about the poll not closing on time, and I'm sorry for it. But I'm not going to discount two votes in favor of someone's work. So I will let the results stand. For next year's blogfest, I'll seek a new polling tool and will do some trial runs in advance to make sure it works as intended.
And now, without further ado...
The winners of my first annual
1st Prize ($20 Amazon Gift Card): Beyond, original fiction by Tamara at One Magic Bean Buyer
2nd Prize ($15 Amazon Gift Card): Boundless, sci-fi poetry by L.G. Keltner at Writing Off the Edge
3rd Prize ($10 Amazon Gift Card): The Metropolis of Tomorrow, music video by Kristina Perez
If you haven't already done so, please e-mail me so I can get them gift cards on their way to youse guys! Feel free to stick the above badge on your blogs, too.
Thanks to all finalists, and indeed, all participants, for making my first ever blogfest a grand success! I hope you enjoyed reading folks' resurrected posts and making new pals all up in the blogosphere as much as I did.
Over the next week or so I anticipate posting links to my Honorable Mentions (the folks I'd have nominated as finalists except for my danged "only 7 finalists" rule). Dear Readers, if you've not yet checked them out, I reckon you oughta!
Thanks again to all; it's been such a pleasure for me. Hope it was for y'all, too.