Help us congratulate our People’s Choice Winners in our Wizard of Oz Contest – without further ado….
The People’s Choice for Photography Award goes to Dave DeCaro! Terrific work Dave – kudos! Take a look:
The People’s Choice for Alternate Ending Award goes to Kristin Laveaux! Way to go, Kristin, great job!
Read her story:
Dorothy watched the wizard drift out of sight. She didn’t know how long she stood there, rooted to the same spot in disbelief. Her only chance of getting home was gone. The Scarecrow noticed her tears first.
She could barely whisper, “Now I’ll never get home,” before she broke into sobs.
Her friends gathered around her, as distraught as she was. She couldn’t hear their consoling words through her tears. It was only when the Scarecrow took her hand that she noticed Glinda floating towards her, the bubble of magic shimmering in the growing light.
For a moment, Dorothy simply stared as the hope she had lost moments ago began to rise in her again. “Can you help me?”
A hush fell over the crowd. Even the wind had stopped to hear the Good Witch’s words. Glinda’s smile was more radiant than the sun. “I can,” she replied, her voice like angels sighing. “For what you seek is home, is it not?”
Dorothy nodded. “Yes. I want to go home. More than anything!”
Glinda was silent for a moment, though her smile hadn’t faded. “Do you not see it, my dear?”
The Good Witch pointed to each of her friends in turn. “You seek to leave this place, but the family you wished for is before you.”
Dorothy hesitated. “Well, I do love you all dearly,” she said slowly, turning to the Tinman, the Lion, and the Scarecrow. “But I can’t stay here. Auntie Em and Uncle Henry will miss me.” She felt her heart sink as their gazes fell to the floor.
“I have to go back home.”
Glinda’s tinkling laughter penetrated the dark cloud that had gathered over her heart. “Dorothy, my dear, you are home! For the world which you are seeking is but a dream.” Glinda took her hand. “Do you not remember?”
Confused, Dorothy’s eyes fell to the ruby slippers. They shimmered up at her. She could feel their magic, so familiar, like a comforting childhood friend.
“Try to remember, my dear.”
Dorothy closed her eyes and thought. She recalled everything she had done since she had come to Oz. She had killed the Wicked Witch of the East and freed the Land of the Munchkins from tyranny. She had saved and befriended an intelligent scarecrow, a brave lion, and a loving tinman. She had braved the castle of the Wicked Witch of the West and destroyed her as well, saving the land of Oz.
But there was something else, the barest ghost of a memory. She had known the same feeling the first time she had met Glinda in Munchkinland. It was a feeling of peace and belonging. A feeling of…
“…Home,” she said aloud. Her eyes shot open. She had found the answer. “Oz is my home!”
“You remembered!” Glinda smiled more radiantly than ever. “Yes, my dear Dorothy, Good Witch of the South. Welcome home at last!”
Dorothy smiled as everyone cheered. She remembered it all. She was home.
A sincere congrats to the People’s Choice winners AND to all the finalists – a job well done to you all. It was a close race in both categories, and you all should be commended for your creativity.
Our lucky winners each receive a Wizard of Oz Artist Proof and our incredible finalists receive their choice of Oz Basic. Hooray – Prizes!
A huge thank you to all who participated – As we have previously said, we received an overwhelming amount of entries and each was incredibly thoughtful and creative – THANK YOU! Also, we graciously thank all who voted in our contest – thanks for helping us choose our winners.
Until the next contest, Doll Lovers!