â€œThank you to everyone who took part in and supported this yearâ€™s BFS Short StoryÂ Competition. The number of entries was up significantly from last year with 103Â stories submitted for consideration. I read every story thoroughly and silently. I readÂ a large percentage of the stories twice, three times or more. After much deliberation, IÂ can now announce that the three winners are:
First place: â€œPawnarchyâ€ by Mark Huntley-James
Second place: â€œThe Manhattan Roomâ€ by Zoe F. Gilbert
Third place: â€œSummertime in Parisâ€ by S. Marcus Jones
As well as their authors winning prizes, all three of these stories will appear in aÂ future issue of â€œThe BFS Journalâ€.
For those of you who didnâ€™t make the top three this year, it was a hard task judgingÂ them all and many of the stories should find a suitable home elsewhere. Thank youÂ for your patience during the judging process. You are now free to submit your story toÂ other markets. Good luck.â€