First off, I’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who entered the competition and/or voted to select the finalists for this year's Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Short Story Title.
The winners of the opening eight heats went straight through to the final, with the runners-up earning a second chance in heat nine.
Congratulations to these honorable mentions which made it to the last fence, but didn't quite make the final:
THE LAWNMOWER THAT ATE MANHATTAN (Elizabeth Anne Ensley aka snapes_angel)
THE PROPHET OF SEVENTH AVENUE (Robert Goodman)
WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU RETAIL (Mary E. Lowd)
TEUTONIC KNIGHTS OF THE OLD WEST (Robert Goodman)
THE BEARD PLUCKER'S LAMENT (Ki aka tia_junan)
CHARON'S CROSS (Robert Goodman)
CONSUMPTION (Kelsey aka sneezepuff)
AT THE TRUCK STOP ON THE WAY TO DEATH VALLEY (LJ user quill_quirks)
THE GERMANY I LEFT BEHIND (Uta Burke)
RESURRECTION OF THE UNSPOKEN WORD (LJ user srsly_yes)
Now it’s time to select the winner.
From the following list, please select the short story title you feel should win this year’s Meager Puddle of Limelight Award
A DIFFERENT SORT OF DEAD
ALL CATS ARE COMMUNISTS
THE BEAR WITH THE CLOCKWORK HEART
THE DEMON DROWNS IN THE RIVER
DON'T GO FUSSIN' OVER ME
THE FIRES OF NOVEMBER
HOT CHOCOLATE FOR THE UNICORN
REAL DRAGONS DON'T WEAR SWEATERS
SWEAR NOT BY THE MOON
WHAT THE CARP SAW (AND COULDN'T TELL WHILE STILL ALIVE)
Links to the other Heats and the final:
Voting in this final round will close on Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at 6:00pm (US/Eastern).
Good luck to all who take part! Vene, vidi, puddli!