This was really, really hard. Even though the decision was completely in the hands of Zeus, I was still scared (!) when I reached my hand into the bowl of names to withdraw a folded slip of paper. Each and every submission was lovely and worthy of honor. I certainly want to thank everyone who made such a public offering to Zeus. 🙂
To select the winner, I left it entirely in His hands. At 9pm EST, I closed the Agon. I wrote the title of each piece and the name of its author on a small slip of paper, folded that up and put it in a bowl. I made offerings and prayers. I asked Zeus to consider each offering and after midnight, I would return to have Him select the victor.
A little after midnight, I came back to the shrine, made another prayer, took the bowl and, again praying for Him to guide my hand, selected a piece of paper. The winner: Melia Brokaw “Zeus, First and Last.” Congratulations, Melia!
I got the definite feeling that each submission was accepted with pleasure.
May He be hailed.