As usual, the process was brutally difficult. Truly, Enchanted Conversation owes so much to its readers and writers. Even when we don't choose a submission, we rarely come away unimpressed by the efforts people make.
Keep writing and keep reading. As for the latter, here are the winning entries; they appear below, in the next four posts. Enjoy!
This image, by Edward John Poynter, seems to reflect the longing Rapunzel must have felt being cooped up in the tower.