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Contests & Activities: December 07, 2016 Issue [#8014]

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Contests & Activities

 This week: And the Winner Is
  Edited by: Kate ~ Reading & Writing
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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About This Newsletter


Yes, it's YOU *Thumbsup*

         Give yourself a rousing standing ovation for each entry you post to any of the contests hosted by members of our Community.

         YOU ARE A WINNER! for challenging yourself to submit for public scrutiny and comment your best story, poem, essay, prose, or image from the heart, imagination, whimsy, or compiled from exhaustive research.

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Letter from the editor

         I am honored to be guest host for this issue of the WDC Contests and Activities Newsletter and write to you as a fellow contestant. I hosted one themed contest and know it takes a lot of hard work to set up, maintain, and judge a contest. I admire those in our Community who have maintained activities of all sorts, not only contests, but in-outs, auctions, c-note shops, puzzles - well, imagine it, and you will likely find it (or perhaps create it *Smile*.

         This week, I would like to share my admiration and esteem for those who challenge the writers in our Community with high quality running/recurring contests, and those who create and run themed contests throughout the year.

         Before I tell you what you will find in the contests on WDC, in addition to gps and/or awardicons and/or merit badges, I will show you the one thing you will never get from a contest here at WDC…

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                   "We regret that we are unable to use your story/poem at this time.
                   Although we are unable to provide individualized response,
                   we wish you success in your future writing efforts.”

Yes, I just paraphrased a recent reject form letter from an editor responding to a story I submitted *Frown**Cry*

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         *Asterisk*No contest host or judge at WDC has ever to my knowledge responded in such a terse manner to any writer’s contest entry. Responses from WDC contest hosts and judges to my entries, and judges’ reviews for others I have read, all recognize and encourage, often with pointed detailed comments, pro and/or con, all entries!

         *AsteriskB*No form letters here!

         *Asterisko*Fellow contestants also often review each others’ posted work, offering further encouragement and sometimes catching an error or nit that can be edited (if posting rules permit) before the contest closes.

         The hosts, whether or not they themselves are published authors, treat each writer/contestant as a professional writer, a peer, and respond to the story, poem, prose, or other work submitted, with courtesy, recognition, and the encouragement one would give a fellow.

         In return, I strive to maintain the same courtesy and regard for the hosts, when I post a contest entry, by doing the following:

         *Asteriskv* Read and observe posting and forum guidelines and time deadlines (including posting off-topic (OT) and revisions to submitted work);

         *Asteriskr*Read and follow prompts and length requirements when given as accurately as possible;

         *Asteriskg*Read and observe guidelines with respect to gp contributions;

         *Asteriskp*Ask for clarification, either as OT in the forum, or by email to the host, if I am unsure of anything in the forum, be it a prompt or rule;

         *Asteriskgr**Asterisk*Remember to thank the host/judges for their review and comments and, of course, a big thanks for any public award.

         I also post public reviews to most of the contests I enter and some gps (public sometimes if permitted - or, there’s always the little ‘anonymous’ box), and I try to read and comment upon some of my fellow contestants’ work.

         So, as a fellow contestant, I look forward to ‘seeing’ you in some of the Splendid Contests hosted by our fellow authors here on Writing.Com.

         I hope you check out some of my favorites below, and ...

Write On!
Kate ~ Reading & Writing

Editor's Picks

         Now, for some challenges that will entice your muse creative to wax poetic, or prosaic. I'd like to introduce some recently formed challenges as well as those long-standing challenges that remain fresh and fun *Bigsmile* So maybe try a contest that's outside your comfort zone ~ you may create a more vibrant comfort zone *Star*

For a lyric challenge in verse (and lyric prose *Wink*) ~

Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest  (E)
Test your skill and talent in the art of traditional poetry in this monthly contest.
#2055137 by Brenpoet Pumpkin Eater

Monthly Poetry Contest  (E)
Poetry Contest
#1993934 by Shadow Sunnie

Shadows and Light Poetry Contest  (E)
Do you love the challenge and creativity of free verse poetry? This contest is for you.
#1935693 by Chocghostnut ~ Hufflepuffing!

A Story-Poem Contest!!!  (E)
write a story that is in poetic form. No Prompts new or old! Quill winner!
#2102427 by Lisa Noe Kittyluv um Puppyluv

Musical Drabble - SUSPENDED FOR NOW  (13+)
A Flash Fiction contest based around a given song prompt
#2085951 by Spacecat

Tales in prose, both prompted and not *Smile* ~

Twisted Tales Contest  (13+)
A monthly contest for stories with a twist. Get 500 GPs for entering! Oct round open!
#1269187 by Arakun the Twisted Raccoon

PersonITfication -on HIATUS from 1/12/19  (18+)
Show off your skill using personification - give inanimate objects human qualities.
#2055579 by Sally

Tweet Me a Story  (18+)
Write me a story or poem in the equivalent space of an 'old-school' tweet-140 characters.
#2040737 by Sally

BLINK!  (13+)
A monthly contest for short, and I do mean short, stories! 50 to 75 words only!
#2054775 by Autumn

A Contest Inspired by the Old Pulp Fiction Covers of Weird Tales Magazine
#2083492 by Fly On The Wall

Let's celebrate WdC's 20th birthday with a special edition contest in September.
#1986337 by Gemini👁Gremlin

For when your characters want to chat it up ~

The Dialogue 500  (18+)
Dialogues of 500 words or less.
#941862 by Fly On The Wall

Classic favorites (of mine) ~

Daily Flash Fiction Challenge  (13+)
Enter your story of 300 words or less.
#896794 by Arakun the Twisted Raccoon

The Writer's Cramp  (13+)
Write the best POEM or STORY in 24 hours or less and win 10K GPs!
#333655 by Sophyween

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         Fellow Writers ~ I thank you for welcoming me into your home/office/literary building zone ~ and look forward to seeing you on the contest trail.

         Until next we meet ^_^

Write On!
Kate ~ Reading & Writing

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