As I explained on Twitter the other day, I’m not going to give a full breakdown of the voting for the Readers’ Choice Award. With 27 stories to choose from, it was inevitable that some would fall through the cracks, in terms of both what people read and what they voted for, and I don’t see any need to list the ones which, for whatever reason, didn’t garner much support.
In total, there were 132 votes, of which 83 were shared by the five most popular stories. That’s testament to the quality of those pieces, and also, I’m sure, to how effectively their authors spread the word – an important (and often overlooked) element of building a fanbase.
That top five ended up as follows:
1=. Dark Fantasy, by Marie Rebelle (21 votes)
1=. Eleven Hours to Finland, by Ticky Sowdenham (21)
3. The Second Letter, by Malin James (17)
4. Penis Envy, by Tabitha Rayne (13)
5. The Sword in Miss Stone, by Oleander Plume (11)
That means we have joint winners! As there are two prizes, I’m taking the executive decision to split them between the two authors, taking into account where each is located.
Readers’ Choice Award #1 (sponsored by Sh!): Marie Rebelle
Readers’ Choice Award #2 (sponsored by Alison Tyler): Ticky Sowdenham
Prize: Six erotica anthologies
Congratulations to both, and thank you to both Sh! and Alison for the prizes. Marie, Ticky, the two sponsors will be in touch with you directly to make the necessary arrangements.