The TAT OS P&P contest is over! The winners were announced today. I would like to thank Belli486 and Ysar for including me in this. It was an honor working alongside an outstanding panel of judges. Above all, I’d like to congratulate the winners as well as all the participants for making this contest such a huge success.
Now I’m finally allowed to gush about the stories that stood out for me.
Unseeing and Believing by @RoseMasenCullen
By the time I came to read this entry, I had already chosen a different story as my personal pick for the contest. Unseeing and Believing was entry #82 out of 97, and I was feeling quite confident that I couldn’t possibly come across a story better than the one I’ve picked days ago.
Simply put, I was wrong.
Allow me to clarify that statement; my previous choice was by no means inferior to Unseeing and Believing. In fact, two of the other judges have picked it as their personal favorite! That, in part at least, spurred me to choose U & B; knowing that my first choice won’t go unnoticed.
Of course I didn’t know until the very end that Unseeing Believing also came third in the AH category. Just goes to show how wonderful the story is. The story is about Edward and Bella growing up together, lending each other strength and support as they traverse their way through adolescence. There is hardship, handicap, and heartbreak, but at the end of the day, they know who they are and what they mean to each other.
When I read a story, the most important aspect I look out for is whether it can evoke strong emotions in me. Unseeing and Believing pulled at many of my heartstrings. Very aptly, it made me feel hope (if you’ve seen the picture prompt, you know what I mean!). The emotions rang true and rich. The characters were human - resilient, sweet, and flawed. In a nutshell, I was moved by its simplicity and depth. I strongly suggest you read Unseeing and Believing. I can’t imagine you not being touched by its light.