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 will also be a Kindle edition ($2.99 no illustrations), but I don't have a link yet because it takes a few days for Amazon to put it up. But the print book, which has fun illustrations, is available right now. 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). If you are interested in this one, you should wait a few days, as I had to redo it because KDP found some errors in it, and again, it takes a few days to update the content.
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.