After sleeping on it.
I read the last stories again. And the winner just got better and better. No worries at all about confirming that!
And the finalists too, one in particular... if there had been a runner up prize, it would have gone to this one.
A fantastic bunch of stories, the whole shortlist. I read 24. They will ALL find very good homes, I have no doubt of that.
I have no idea how many there were in total... but the numbers on the shortlisted pieces went up to a whisker off 900. Hats off to the Fish Readers!