For all you winners who would like to share your stories with your aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends, you can get a copy of the book from Amazon for $6.55, and it's even on Prime. There is also be a Kindle edition ($2.99 no illustrations).
It would be nice if some people actually bought the book, as this contest cost me close to $200 to run this year. The Lord provides so it can go forward, but it would be really nice to have expenses match revenue one year. :-) So tell your friends!
Note: I also went to the trouble of creating a Kindle edition for the 2016 contest book, Along the Western Trail (which until now was available only in print form).
And for those who did not place this year, I want to offer you a word of encouragement: Keep writing! Lord willing, there will be a 2019 contest. One of this year's winners, Faith P., wrote back after I told her she had placed. This is what she said:
"Oh my goodness, thank you sooo much! :-) I have entered the contest the past 3-4 years, and never placed. What a special joy to place 2nd on the last year I am eligible."
WINNERS of the 2018 CONTEST
Ages 6-9: Eliana Kelley "A Lesson in Listening"
Ages 10-13: Grace C. "The Battle of the Bull"
Ages 14-17: Olivia Marse "Joy Cometh in the Morning"
Ages 6-9: Adina Elizabeth Newlin "Lucky"
Ages 10-13: Ellen Senechal "A Blessing from Tragedy"
Ages 14-17: Faith Potts "My Happy Place
Ages 6-9: Kezzy Wheaton "Andi's Christmas Miracle"
Ages 10-13: Victoria Crooks (tie) "Chasing the Rapids"
Ages 10-13: Grace Hopper (tie) "A Memorable Fourth of July"
Ages 14-17: Kaitlyn Krispense "To the Moon and Back"
Ages 6-9: Joy Hopper "The Gold
Ages 10-13: Mariah Mead "Trapped"
Ages 14-17: Calah Taylor "Revenge Backfires"
The amazing thing I found this year was that out of 80 entries, and different judges for different categories, and no judges knowing anything about the writer except the entry #, the fact that two sisters placed is extremely rare.