Love this story and how you paced it. It unfolds a rich story that should take so many more words than you use.
Oh yeah!!! This is really intriguing ... it just feels like there is so much more there. I want more!
I love this, Meg. The concise style and overall execution is flawless! Hands-down one of my favorites of yours. I hope we get to see more of this one!
The Dispatch Stock Exchange is such a cool idea! This story had a different feel from your usual. It was cool to see how you put your voice into J.E. story, while still retaining some of what I assume to be the original feel of the story. A successful experiment, I think!
Cool story. Cool collab concept. I love most your intimate moments of physical touch - “He drags his thumb over my forehead, and I close my eyes, dropping two hot tears onto my cheeks.”
This is beautiful--tragic, timeless. Round one implies that you and J. P. write powerful duets!
This was a gorgeous piece of science fiction, Meg. Is there any reason why you wouldn't enter this for the Lunar Awards? You mentioned another part with the cross post, so maybe that's why?
Really liked the voice of the narrator. Especially for a sci-fi piece like this. Love the way you brought the "mundane" to the foreground--what a teenager would care about, even amongst the chaos: their boyfriend, their friends, divorce, life being unfair...
And how the heck did you do those pretty break lines with the twinkle stars in the middle? They fit right in to the setting.
Would be curious to see what you had to start with and how much the story transformed! Sounds challenging, but I like the way that no matter what the challenge, you always find a way to bring out that YA voice that's true to Meg.
Holy beautiful. This is perfect.
That was excellent! Really intriguing start that kept me guessing throughout. Love that mom's an astronaut (space traveler? settler?). Excited to read Round 2.
This was lovely. :)
So well done and so deserving of a WIN!! A great first choice.
This is beautiful Meg! And made me tear up. Congrats on the first prize you deserve it. Keep writing - your writing is lovely and you'll go places some day. In the meantime, I'm a big fan!
I love that you added the badge to the top!!! It gives me warm fuzzies. I updated the Past Winners page now as well: https://lunarawards.substack.com/p/past-winners