1. Aunty’s Chicken – WINNER
2. White Memories – RUNNER UP
3. Mama Efon’s Last One – SECOND RUNNER UP
4. Cowards and Christmas Chickens
5. Christmas Ride Gone Gaga
Congrats to all these guys, you are really all winners. Your points will be credited to you, and you can redeem them according to payment guidelines by the end of the month. Cheers!
The Winner of the Christmas Nostalgia Contest will be announced on Friday, the 20th of January. In the run up to that day, our final judge and guest reviewer, Ikhide Ikheloa has trimmed our shortlist of ten to the final 5. He also edited and made some comments on the stories in an MS Word document. These writers are encouraged to write to email@example.com for a copy of the reviewed stories. Below is the full text of his little note at this stage;
I reduced the long-list to five that made my shortlist… I took the liberty of editing all stories as I read them and including comments as I went. You and the writers may find them useful.
Enthusiastic writing on the whole. A lot of reflection on rice, chicken, relationships, family. Uplifting, touching and funny in many instances. I would say that editing is still a major problem with the writers. Many of the stories were not ready for prime time. People should start a buddy system to edit and critique each others’ works. Cliches were abundant like weeds. The reader always looks for fresh ways of arranging words.
The top five stories are…
Ikhide R. Ikheloa