Richards Prize Judge JoAnne Soper-Cook said the work shows
"...a keen, incisive vision into the hidden world of children as well as intimate knowledge of the secret spaces that exist between the everyday events of life. There is knowledge here, knowledge of those important, life defining moments of puberty, the birth of a sibling, an encounter with a possibly dangerous stranger. Overall, a work with a brilliant sense of story."
Other editors and contest judges have also offered feedback on individual stories:
“Emotional and tightly written.” David Bright, Gemini Magazine;
“Solid and very funny. Great stuff!” Karl Jirgens, Rampike;
“Oh, it's lovely. I like it when my body responds to writing; right now there's an ache in my throat.” Susan Rendell, EarLit Shorts;
“The judges liked…the resistance to the happy ending, and the idea that there is often something or someone waiting for the small mistake.” The Writers’ Union of Canada, 2007 Short Prose Competition Jury
“I love the mystery and the fear in this story—the ending works so well.” Colleen Donfield, The Sun;
“...beautifully unbearable...” Nancy Zafris, Flannery O'Connor Awards.