Contest Finalists… and Holiday Schedule

Good morning and happy Hanukkah! We have contest finalists today… and we’re VOTING. A big thank-you to everyone who scribbled down the first thing that came to mind worked long and hard to compose your beauiful haiku for the 17 Syllables Contest. Here are the five I’ve chosen as finalists. VOTE IN THE SIDEBAR. One vote per person, please. Voting closes tonight at midnight. 1. by anlyledo Winter morning yawnsA downy peace covers allI burrow deeper 2. by Elissa D. Cruz On the writer’s desk:Endless possibilitiesFrom an empty page. 3. by Gary Corby In Tokyo I sawNailed upon the Christian crossSanta crucified 4. by J. Jenson Shaffer Dancer is cranky.Vixen is cold. Poor Rudolph.Leadership is tough. 5. by Mark Pent up words rustingIn my soul where I can’t reachWith my...
[ Read More → ]

17 Syllables

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5cLmD8GqnKY/SUh8vXVHukI/AAAAAAAACSI/2Gy2Wla9foE/s200/japanese+writing.bmp CONTEST UPDATE:THANKS for all the great entries so far! You have a couple more days to submit… and let me give you a hint. It’s the HOLIDAYS, people. Can we get some sweetness and light here? Maybe a few drops of humor? I’m seeing drops of blood and tears on the page and sure, I get it, but I need some smiles too. Indulge me! (Remember, I said you could submit more than one entry IF you make me chuckle.) You remember pop quizzes in high school, right? So today we’re having a pop contest. I’m winding down my blog soon for the holidays, and wanted to give you one more opportunity in 2008 to WOW me. So today, we’re going to write haiku. Yep, you heard me. Haiku. You know, 3 lines: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Here’s the contest:→ Write a...
[ Read More → ]

We Have a Winner

THANKS to everyone for your jokes! They were SOOOO funny and I had lots of LOL moments, as I’m sure all the readers did. Thank you for contributing! (If you haven’t read the jokes, click here for Friday’s post and read the comments section. It’s hilarious!) It was *hard* picking a favorite, but I did. Here it is: A man is rescued after 20 years on a desert island. His rescuer is astonished to find that the castaway has built several imposing structures. “Wow!” the rescuer says. “What’s that beautiful stone building overlooking the bay?” “That is my home,” the castaway says. “And what about that building over there, with the spires?” “That,” the castaway says, “is my church.” “But...
[ Read More → ]

Contest Final!

Congratulations to Christy for winning the contest! (Please contact me via email.) Kudos to all of you in the top six – great job. Thanks to EVERYONE who entered, commented and voted. I hope this was a little bit helpful and instructive. (Scroll down for today’s actual post.)
[ Read More → ]

The Contest – Honorable Mentions

I wanted to mention a few more contest entries that impressed me for various reasons. I’m also going to give my thoughts, from the editor’s perspective, about what’s not working so well or how the paragraph might have been improved. Just remember, I DO like all of these! So if I’ve critiqued yours, don’t take it too hard. I’m just using these as a chance to share some thoughts that might help us all take our writing to the next level. (I am including myself in this royal “we” since I’m always working on improving my writing, too.) So here they are, the Honorable Mentions. Patricia W: Pink-tinged marshmallows sat nestled against a Confederate blue sky. Yellow-orange streaks shot through the haze like thunderbolts, in one side and out...
[ Read More → ]

Vote for Contest Winner!

Thanks to all of you who entered the Show vs. Tell contest! I was impressed with the entries and can see everyone really working on “showing” in their writing. If you want to tell us about your experience with this exercise, leave a comment here. Was it harder than you thought it would be? Did you learn anything as you focused on “showing”?As usual, it was difficult choosing possible winners! I’ve chosen my favorites from the bunch and I’m going to let you vote. Also tomorrow I’m going to post a few more “honorable mentions” and give you my thoughts about them. (If for some reason you DON’T want me to post and/or critique yours, be sure to let me know today.) So here they are, my TOP SIX. Randy Mortenson: Our physics...
[ Read More → ]

Friday Mini-Contest

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5cLmD8GqnKY/SPgNHmRukfI/AAAAAAAABko/mLQWfbdyzAI/s320/fall+leaves.jpg It’s autumn… and doesn’t it feel like it’s time for a contest? It’s been a couple months and I’m having withdrawals. Let’s have some fun! Lately I’m trying to do more posts about the craft of writing, and a couple of people have asked me to tackle showing vs. telling. Now, I would love to write several thousand words on it, but that would be too easy, don’t you think? I’d rather have YOU show ME. See, you’re going to SHOW me, not TELL me, what “show vs. tell” means. (Brilliant, right?) Let’s get started! Choose one of the following simple “telling” sentences: * She is in love.* The meal was delicious.* He was angry.* I felt nervous.* The sunset was beautiful.* Her outfit was hideous. Or, make...
[ Read More → ]

A New Writing Contest

Passing along a press release… Zondervan and Mount Hermon Writer’s ConferenceSponsor Competition for Aspiring Fiction AuthorsWinner Receives $10,000 Publishing Contract GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 3, 2008 – Unpublished Christian fiction writers, get your manuscripts ready. Zondervan, a world leader in Christian communications, today announced All About the Story, a writing competition for first-time novelists. The winner will receive a $10,000 publishing contract with Zondervan, and all finalists will have their works recognized during the Christian Book EXPO in Dallas in March 2009. Sponsored by Zondervan and Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, All About the Story is open to any unpublished writer who has attended a past Mount Hermon Writer’s conference or who is...
[ Read More → ]

Oh Yeah, We Had a Contest…

I’m back! This vacation was… well, fantastic. I can hardly explain it. I had an amazing time. It’s going to be difficult getting back into work mode. But here I am, nose to the grindstone as usual. So, I have a couple of things for you today. First, a teeny-tiny contest. It’s so small, it’s probably more of a micro contest. Here it is: Guess how many unanswered queries I had in my inbox as of 8:00 this morning when I returned to work. Keep in mind I had cleared the query box to zero before I departed, so these are from a week. Leave your answer in the comments. The person who comes the closest gets… hmmm… lots of recognition and kudos from everyone who reads this blog. How’s that? Now let’s talk about the contest from Friday the 15th....
[ Read More → ]

Friday Mini-Contest

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5cLmD8GqnKY/SKUIp4s9QpI/AAAAAAAABhw/ury5Cx6Iwn8/s400/girls+at+beach.jpg I’m heading out for vacation to—you guessed it—the beach. Sun, sand, friends, family…. ahhhhhhh. I can’t wait. So in honor of my vacation I thought I’d give you a little writing exercise and contest. Here’s your prompt: You are lying on the beach, soaking up the sun. A cooling breeze drifts across your body and you’re deeply relaxed and content. But your peace is interrupted by a shadow that abruptly blocks the sun from your face. You open your eyes, squinting, looking up and trying to see who or what is blocking you. It’s the one person you never expected to see here… *** → 300 words max.→ Submit your entry in the comments to THIS post.→ Deadline is next Wednesday, August 20th at 11:59pm ET.→ WordServe clients can enter but are...
[ Read More → ]

Congratulations to the Winner!

Congratulations to the Winner! The votes are in, the blog readers have spoken, and JL is the winner of the Teensy Weensy challenge. Once again, here’s the winning entry. ==== Russell, There’s $600 in your trumpet case for half the rent. I cancelled the flowers and the tapas without any BS, but the prima donna at the bakery said he wouldn’t return the deposit for the tower of spongecake. Your mom called. You better tell her something before she starts Feng shui-ing the garden or wabi-sabi-ing the guestroom, or whatever the hell she’s into. I assume you told Roger and Leo the gig was off. Don’t forget to give Pancake his heartworm medicine. Try not to get a paper cut. Don’t starve to death on your conscience. Don’t call, Emily ==== I love how this brief entry is a complete story. It says so much...
[ Read More → ]

Teensy Weensy Challenge Results!

It’s time for the preliminary results of the Teensy Weensy Challenge (with a twist.) Wow—that was so much fun! We had 123 entries, a great turn out. Thank you, all of you, for making the effort to stretch your creative muscles, write those 100 words, and entertain us all. If you haven’t had a chance to read the entries, I assure you it’s well worth the few minutes it will take. Click here and read all the comments. Great stuff! It was difficult to choose the finalists. I ended up with about 18 candidates for the Top Six. The things that drew me toward particular entries were mostly originality and creativity—the willingness to go beyond the obvious and envision something unexpected—along with nice use of language, a distinct style and strong voice. There was...
[ Read More → ]

Announcing…

Announcing… A Teensy Weensy Story Challenge* *with a twist   WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE? Write a complete story in 100 words or less. WHAT’S THE TWIST? The photo above is your story prompt. YOU MEAN I HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT THE PICTURE? It’s a PROMPT. It’s meant to inspire you or help you think of a story idea. Do with it whatever you want. IS THERE A PRIZE? Umm, you mean besides the incredible honor of participating in a Rants & Ramblings contest??? Okay, I will award a prize to one outstanding story. (Notice my PC choice of words. Not the “best” story, as that’s too subjective. We all know how annoying subjectivity is.) Winner gets to choose between a $20 Amazon gift card or an evaluation of the WIP of your choice (WIP=work in progress) , either a query, a...
[ Read More → ]

Six Word Story Results – ALMOST!

A mighty THANKS to everyone for stretching your creative muscles, writing six-word stories, and giving me my highest-ever 1-day comment count. (By FAR.) And thanks to you former-lurkers who came out of hiding, too. There were so many that I just couldn’t narrow it down to one winner. So… (I love when I change the rules on you)… YOU get to vote! See the sidebar and pick your favorite. You can only pick one, and the system won’t let you vote more than once. I’ll take votes until Monday night, then close the polls and announce the winner on Tuesday. I narrowed it down to six for the voting, but here are my top dozen, in no particular order. I chose entries that seemed to best tell or at least suggest a whole story – beginning, middle, end – as...
[ Read More → ]

« Previous Entries Next Entries »

line
Site by Author Media © Rachelle Gardner.