We received a good number of entries, giving us plenty to consider. But the winner stood out above the rest.
One judge said the tight writing of this intriguing and well-paced story, along with a strong grasp of showing not telling, made it the clear choice. The other agreed, saying the story was skillfully developed and the writing showed few of the usual "newbie" errors.
I won't keep you in suspense any longer: the winner is The Breakout by Rachelle Harp of Providence Village, Texas.
In the meantime, enjoy the first chapter of Rachelle's entry: