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August 18, 2012 at 9:44am
August 18, 2012 at 9:44am
Journey Through Genres - July 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the July 2012 running of "Journey Through Genres: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 13 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Journey Through Genres: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Desolate"   by C. T. Hill
*Bullet* Second Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor
*Bullet* Third Place - "Weapons for Naught"   by Secret Ninja Willis

Thanks to the judges for their time spent reading and reviewing the entries. Smile

~Diane

August 15, 2012 at 2:51am
August 15, 2012 at 2:51am
A Hidden Email Gem ...
Greeting Folks!

I come with more good news. A whole bunch of months ago, I added a beautiful little time saver to email. Unfortunately, I tucked it away, defaulted to off... and forget to announce it really anywhere.

The good news is ... I remembered all of this tonight! While some of you may have found it on your own, here it is:

From your "Email", click to the Options tab. On that page, look for:
          MouseOver Subject Show Preview


I suggest clicking to turn it on. It does what you might expect -- that is, it shows you a preview of your email message when you mouse over its subject line in the email list; no clicking preview. When you move off the subject, the preview disappears.

The feature is defaulted to off because I didn't want to overload the servers with email previews without testing it more, and then I forgot about it.

... Or don't turn it on. It's up to you! But I find it makes email browsing much more graceful and enjoyable. I apologize for forgetting about it for so long. Wink

(By the way, this might also be a good time to consider if you're showing enough emails per page. If you find yourself going from page to page in email looking for things, consider upping your "Per Page" amount. The maximum is 200.)

Enjoy!
~~SM
August 11, 2012 at 1:49am
August 11, 2012 at 1:49am
Group Gift Points For Rewarding!
Greetings,

Another popular request in our "Suggestion Box was the ability to reward reviewers on the Public Review Page directly with Gift Points from group accounts... And, I'm happy to say, it is now available!

Members with access to spend group Gift Points can use this update. On the pop-up to reward a reviewer, a new selector menu lets you pick the group to award from. The system will remember your last selection and automatically set the last group to be the funding source. Please note that this is a session based thing and not an account preference thing -- that means if you go away and come back, it won't remember your preference and default back to your personal GP stash.

Along with this update, comes a link to show or hide reviewer rewarding within the group's Gift Point log. One issue I had with this originally was the idea it would flood the GP logs and this filter solves that issue. Based on that, we'll probably take care a few of the other "would flood the logs" requests folks have made.

Review and Reward On,
~~SM
August 4, 2012 at 3:08am
August 4, 2012 at 3:08am
Introducing: The Blog Board
Greetings Members!

We've added a brand new item to the Things To Do & Read menu:
                   "The Blog Board

The board is a new area where members and visitors can find new and interesting blogs to read on Writing.Com. Of course for them to be found, we need bloggers to post about their great content! It's already seeing a good amount of traffic since being added to the menu about two days ago. If you're a Writing.Com blogger looking for exposure, you're definitely going to want to promote your most interesting entries there!

Thanks to the folks in our "Suggestion Box for stirring up the idea of getting more exposure for WDC bloggers!

Write On,
~~SM
July 24, 2012 at 11:18am
July 24, 2012 at 11:18am
Good Deeds - June 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the June 2012 running of "Good Deeds Go Noticed were chosen from the 128 entries submitted. Congratulations and thanks to all for reviewing!

*Star* First: Kasia~Almost back again!
*Bullet* Second: Jeannie S.
*Bullet* Third: Making money writing

~Diane
July 17, 2012 at 11:48am
July 17, 2012 at 11:48am
Short Shots - Short Shots Winners!
The following winners for the June 2012 running of "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 38 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Venus Transit"   by ridinghhood--p. boutilier
*Bullet* Second Place - "Shadow Walks"   by Fyn-submit to the anthology!
*Bullet* Third Place - "The Tide of Time"   by Blüeyez

Thanks to everyone who entered; the judges really enjoyed the variety of entries!

~Diane
June 16, 2012 at 9:22pm
June 16, 2012 at 9:22pm
What a Character - May 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the May 2012 running of "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 19 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Spook"   by Shannon
*Bullet* Second Place - "The Costs"   by Mitchopolis
*Bullet* Third Place - "How Cabbage Leaf Got A New Name"   by Just an Ordinary Jyo

Thanks to the judges for taking the time to read and determine the winning entries. Thanks also to all who challenged themselves and gave us such wonderful entries to read.

~Diane

*Right* The contest for June is: "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest
June 10, 2012 at 10:09am
June 10, 2012 at 10:09am
Good Deeds - May 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the May 2012 running of "Good Deeds Go Noticed were chosen from the 157 entries submitted. Congratulations and thanks for reviewing!

*Star* First: Jeannie S.
*Bullet* Second: WhoMe
*Bullet* Third: Thankful Sonali 7 Years Old!


~Diane

Want your shot at winning gift points for reviewing? It's easy! Just add the following line to your public reviews:

{b}My review has been submitted for consideration in {item:451035}.{/b}

Then submit the review IDs to "Good Deeds Get CASH!. The more you enter, the greater your chance to win a prize. Smile
May 20, 2012 at 8:47am
May 20, 2012 at 8:47am
Hook Us Winners!
The following winners for the running of "Hook Us! were chosen from the 13 entries that advanced to Round Two. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Hook Us!. Congratulations to the following three winners:


Winner of the $500 credit from InstantPublisher.Com   is:

         *Star* "Query letter for Hook Us! contest."   by John A. Ashley *Star*


*Bullet* Second Place - "The Killing Cure - Query Letter "   by Tadpole1
*Bullet* Third Place - "Hook Us! Query Letter"   by the winklett

Thanks to everyone who entered and especially to the judges for their time and consideration of each entry!

~Diane

May 15, 2012 at 4:58pm
May 15, 2012 at 4:58pm
Journey Through Genres - April 2012 Winners!
The following winners for the April 2012 running of "Journey Through Genres: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 16 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Journey Through Genres: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Baby Swears"   by Lornda
*Bullet* Second Place - "I Will Never Know..."   by Kittiara
*Bullet* Third Place - "The Blue Bag Patrol"   by hooves

~Diane




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