Grand Prize: James Zaharis for Ellie the Centauress
2nd Place: Hiroko Talbot For As I Storm the Keep Alone
3rd Place: Anna Cates for Lover’s Grove
Honorable Mention: Michael Housemann for Yesterday’s Tears
Honorable Mention: Philamena Fitzpatrick for Assassin Lessons
2nd Place: C.R. Hodges for Gho
3rd Place: Ian Smith for Dragon's Folly
Honorable Mention: Lee Weathersby for Condor 3000
Honorable Mention: Bethany Edwards for Malcolm's Box
Honorable Mention: Louis Hartman for The Sadness of Happier Times
Grand Prize: Tracie Leigh Richmond for A Variable Conclusion
2nd Place: Lynn Veach Sadler for Last American Gypsy
3rd Place: David Lawrence for The Talking Pen
Honorable Mention: Veronica Cavanaugh-Sullivan for Forgetting Memory Lane
Honorable Mention: Viktor Kowalski for The Oath
Grand Prize: Chloe Wendell for Lorcan
2nd Place: Jason Pernsen for There Will Be Time to Pray Later
3rd Place: Rebecca Bryant-Thomas for The Legend of Wintersprite Vail
Honorable Mention: N.J. Morris for The Stone of Scoolana
In 2009, Bards and Sages decided to showcase contest winners in an annual publication and turned the Bardic Tales and Sage Advice original anthology into an annual series.
Grand Prize: Anna Cates with The Frog King
2nd Place: Megann McVey with Wealth Beyond Measure
3rd Place: Lynn Veach Sadler with Evolution of the Beagle/Beagle
Grand Prize: Brian Pettera with The Golden Path
2nd Place: David Lawrence with Blood of the World (published in the July 2009 issue of the Bards and Sages Quarterly)
3rd Place: Ken Thomas with The Mysteries of London (published in the October 2009 issue of the Bards and Sages Quarterly)
Winners of the 2007 awards were published in Legendary Horrors, a collection of horror stories from both new writers and classic works.
Grand Prize: David Hart for Mud Hollow Bridge
2nd Place: Richard Deal for A Gypsy's Gift to Lucas
3rd Place: Tim Kane for Zombie Maker
Honorable Mention: Brian Pettera for Night Tales Not Told
The 2006 contest was open to novellas and benefited the Speculative Literature Foundation. Besides cash prizes, the winners were invited to publish their novellas with Bards and Sages.
Grand Prize: Johnathan Sharp for Misplaced
2nd Place: Lynn Veach Sadler for Foot Ways
3rd Place: Peter A. Balaskas for The Grandmaster
Honorable Mention: Phillip Collins for Of Angelic Blood
Honorable Mention: Damon O'Reilly for A Matter of Judgement
In response to the tsunami caused by the massive 2004 earthquake in the Indian Ocean, Bards and Sages held a new contest to benefit the Red Cross's relief efforts. The 2005 contest ambitiously awarded separate prizes for flash fiction, short fiction, and poetry. All winners were published in the first Bardic Tales and Sage Advice anthology.
Our annual writing contest did not start out as an annual event. The very first contest was held in 2002 to benefit the International Women's Writing Guild. Winners will awarded one year membership's to the organization.