We did some rearranging in 2013 and substituted a Nonfiction category for Historical Fiction. In 2012, none of the entrants were quite ready for prime time, and so we didn't name a winner.
We brought back Historical Fiction this year, however, and one entry stood out from the rest.
One judge said of this story, "The writing is good, and so is the development of the main character. The chapters show what the family is like through the young girl's eyes. The author is definitely a creative writer."
The other judge offered no argument, saying, "This is a literary historical fiction that makes the reader weep for the character from the first sentence. Dangling hope within the characters' reach, this work touches on the deeper themes in history and travels through the difficulties of life without moaning in self-pity. I enjoyed reading every word."
I think they liked it.
Just what is this story that's created such enthusiasm? The first Historical Fiction winner our contest has named in three years is: Firebrand, by Sarah Thompson of Justin, Texas.
his head bowed in prayer.