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September 2, 2019 at 9:48am
September 2, 2019 at 9:48am
#965397
Happy Birthday, Writing.Com!

On September 1, 2019, Writing.Com turns 19 years old!
Can you believe that? NINETEEN YEARS OLD! That is a huge milestone for an online community and we are so excited to celebrate with you this week!



*Balloonv* The Biggest Writer's Block Party EVER!
From September 1st through September 7th, Writing.Com is hosting the biggest online block party for writers of all interests! This week, you'll find contests and activities hosted by Writing.Com and members of the community, increased daily rewards, reviewing challenges and rewards, new releases from us, and a 10% back sale... don't miss a single thing at "Writing.Com Party Central 2019!

         Party Central Header


*Balloonb* The Writing.Com 19th Birthday SALE!
For every order placed in "The Writing.Com Shop during September 1-7, 2019, we will manually send you back 10% of your order's total in Gift Points!* Purchase a one-year Premium membership at the regular price and you will receive 139,950 in Gift Points. Buy a 3-month Upgraded membership, and you'll receive 19,950 back in Gift Points. Buy 1 million Gift Points, and you'll receive an extra 100,000! And if you order tangible items like mugs, t-shirts, journals and more, we'll even include your shipping in that 10% back. We're that excited to be turning 19!

                    Party Central Header: 10% Gift Points
* 10% back only when paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money orders. Orders paid with Gift Points are not included in this offer. This process is not automatic and we'll try to get the bonus Gift Points back to you within a day.



*Balloonb* New Badges, Awardicons, Skins & Trinkets!
In honor of our first day of our 19th birthday, we are happy to release some new community and personal designs for you to use! Each day, we will release new awardicons, merit badges, skins, and trinkets... maybe a new feature, as well. Be sure to watch "Site News & Announcements and "Writing.Com Party Central 2019! each day through September 7th for our daily new releases, which will open around Midnight (WdC time) each night. Keep your eye on the community newsfeed to see what surprises might pop up and be sure to add Writing.Com Support as a favorite so that you don't miss a thing!


*Balloonr* Costumicons Available!
Costumicon subscriptions are available for purchase! This subscription will last through 11:59pm on September 30th, 2019. Subscribe to or change your current costumicon from the "My Account" area or directly at:
          http://www.Writing.com/main/my_account/view/costumicons

         *Gifto* NOTE: You can gift costumicons to your fellow members and friends! To gift a subscription, head to your My Gifts Points page:
          http://www.Writing.Com/main/my_gifts/tab/shop


*Balloony* One FREE Badge Every Day of our Birthday!
Normally, every paid member can send one free virtual Merit Badge every 30 days... but for the 7 days of our birthday, paid members can send one FREE virtual badge EVERY DAY! Choose a member, choose a badge and send it. It's that easy. If you are eligible for a free badge at the time, the Writing.Com system will automatically know this and discount the badge you wish to send. (You can not defer the free badge; the system will always use the free one first when giving badges.)
         http://www.writing.com/main/badges

* Physical merit badges are not free and are the same additional cost.


*Heart* Thank YOU!
We are so proud to reach this milestone. NINETEEN years! Thanks to all of you, our members, for your support and participation. We love hosting this online home for writers... here's to the next 19 years! *Bigsmile*

We hope you have a great time celebrating with us this week. We look forward to seeing many of you around the site... invite every writer you know to come and join the party!



Cheers!
The StoryMistress and The StoryMaster

August 7, 2019 at 12:15am
August 7, 2019 at 12:15am
#963838
The following winners for the June 2019 running of "Quotation Inspiration: Official Contest were chosen from the 20 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *Trophyg* First Place - "Freedom"   by Bikerider
         *Trophys* Second Place - "Little Things"   by Linn Browning
         *Trophyb* Third Place - "Miss Buckley"   by lauraispracticingpiano


Special thanks to Jeff for continuing to keep Writing.Com's official site contests running smoothly ... and of course to our contest judges for making the tough decisions nobody else wants to make. *Wink*

~~SM
August 7, 2019 at 12:13am
August 7, 2019 at 12:13am
#963837
The following winners for the May 2019 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 below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *Trophyg* First Place - "The Day"   by Dawn Embers
         *Trophys* Second Place - "The Compromise"   by Cubby ~ Camping
         *TrophyB* Third Place - "The Most Beautiful Sound on Mars"   by Linn Browning


Thanks to Jeff for continuing to keep Writing.Com's official site contests running smoothly! *Cool* *Thumbsupl*

~~SM

July 9, 2019 at 2:19am
July 9, 2019 at 2:19am
#962346
Once again... Time to catch up! I've not judged Good Deeds for many months... and so now I'm totally caught up*! *Smile*
I'm posting now and will be getting everyone their badges, emails about prizes, etc - ASAP. *Heart*

*BalloonB* Congratulations to the following three winners and two honorable mentions of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in December 2018!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Blue" by Satuawany
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "In The Stars" by Write 2 Publish 2020
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "Falling River, River Falling" by Choconut 🍫

*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "My real life Indian Rapunzel and hairdo" by Halloween the Echidna
*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "Barista" by ~❤~Krysha~❤~


*BalloonG* Congratulations to the following three winners and two honorable mentions of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in January 2019!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "English Class Narrative" by FalaKaye
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "A Time To Die" by Choconut 🍫
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "Where I Belong" by Azrael Tseng

*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "There is a Solution" by Dawn Embers
*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "Chapter 1: Behind the Scenes" by Elfin Dragon - poetry fiend


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners and two honorable mentions of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in February 2019!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "The Gilded Wood prologue " by Brooke-Thanks Anonymous! :)
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "Wandering Thoughts" by 🌑 Darleen
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "My Mississippi" by QueenOwl ~ A New Day Dawns

*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "Winter's Silence" by Whata 4Cs Now Open
*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "Cake and Code" by Rima:Drowning


*BalloonV* Congratulations to the following three winners and two honorable mentions of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in March 2019!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Word Picture Contest Book" by Azrael Tseng
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "The Travesty of Pergine." by 🦄🏳️‍🌈Sapph
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "The Oneirophage, Part 1" by Tobber

*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "The Eccentric Gourmand" by Siobhan Falen
*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "Mad Boy's Love Song" by Thankful Sonali WDC POWER!


*BalloonB* Congratulations to the following three winners and two honorable mentions of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in April 2019!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Singularity" by A E Willcox: Power, happy 13th
*Bullet* Second ($25): Invalid Review by Anonymous
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "Starting Again" by Dave

*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of " Time to Write a Poem" by ♥tHiNg♥
*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "His Cologne" by Lynn Nichole


*BalloonG* Congratulations to the following three winners and two honorable mentions of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in May 2019!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "The Eternal Ghoul" by Write 2 Publish 2020
*Bullet* Second ($25): Review of "The Blasphemer's Cypher" by iguanamountain
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "68 Minutes" by Charity Marie

*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "Amber's Strange Encounter" by ⱲeϦשᴉ┼cⱨ
*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "The Blind Girl in the Tower" by LazyWriter


*BalloonY* Congratulations to the following three winners and two honorable mentions of "Good Deeds Get CASH! in June 2019!

*Star* First ($50): Review of "Captured" by Sumojo
*Bullet* Second ($25): Invalid Review by Anonymous
*Bullet* Third ($10): Review of "Easter Monday" by ♥tHiNg♥

*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "Little Things" by Ezekiel Stephens
*Bullet* Honorable (50k GPs): Review of "A Tale of Fairies" by Kari ♥




To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then, with the reviewer's name and case hidden, individually ranked according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. *Note* Note: I am the sole judge, so I pick a couple honorable mentions most of the time.

Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered these past months and who continue to do so! *Heart*

Best wishes,
~~ The StoryMaster

* I think it's all correct. This was a lot of judging and sorting. *Angelic*

May 26, 2019 at 10:49am
May 26, 2019 at 10:49am
#959650
Visit "Writing Contests @ Writing.Com for this month's current official contest!


The following winners for the April 2019 running of "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest were chosen from the 32 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *TrophyG* First Place - "The Bamboo Cutter"   by Kirby Ray
         *TrophyS* Second Place - "Silent Insurrection"   by Roseille ♥
         *TrophyB* Third Place - "Goodbye, Tivity."   by Thankful Sonali WDC POWER!


My continued thanks to Jeff for keeping our official WDC contests in sync and running smoothly. Thank you out to our judges for being promptly judgy. *Heart* And last but not least, thanks to everyone who entered!

~~SM

May 26, 2019 at 10:43am
May 26, 2019 at 10:43am
#959649
The following winners for the March 2019 running of "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 29 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *TrophyG* First Place - "Lucky Charm"   by Roseille ♥
         *TrophyS* Second Place - "Original Sin"   by 🌓 HuntersMoon
         *TrophyB* Third Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor


Thanks again to our judges... and, of course, Jeff -- the glue that keeps it all together. *Heart*

~~SM
May 26, 2019 at 10:38am
May 26, 2019 at 10:38am
#959647
The following winners for the February 2019 running of "Quotation Inspiration: Official Contest were chosen from the 25 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *Trophyg* First Place - "Daring Greatly"   by debmiller1
         *Trophys* Second Place - "Intercession"   by Roseille ♥
         *Trophyb* Third Place - "A Widow's Story "   by GabriellaR45


Special thanks to Jeff for continuing to keep Writing.Com's official site contests running smoothly ... and of course to our contest judges for making the tough decisions nobody else wants to make. *Wink*

~~SM
February 22, 2019 at 3:31am
February 22, 2019 at 3:31am
#952725
The following winners for the January 2019 running of "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 63 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *TrophyG* First Place - "Dear Me"   by Jayne
         *TrophyS* Second Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor
         *TrophyB* Third Place - "Dear Me"   by trailerpark bodhisattva


Special thanks to Jeff and all of our judges for this round!
That's a whole lotta organization and judging! *Heart*

~~SM
January 28, 2019 at 1:12am
January 28, 2019 at 1:12am
#950614
The following winners for the December 2018 running of "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 28 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *Trophyg* First Place - "Guilt"   by Myles Abroad
         *Trophys* Second Place - "The Repentant Bully"   by Robert Edward Baker
         *TrophyB* Third Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor


Thanks to Jeff for continuing to keep Writing.Com's official site contests running smoothly! *Cool* *Thumbsupl*

~~SM
January 28, 2019 at 1:08am
January 28, 2019 at 1:08am
#950613
The following winners for the November 2018 running of "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest were chosen from the 44 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided below. Congratulations to the following three winners:

         *TrophyG* First Place - "There is a Solution"   by Brooke-Thanks Anonymous! :)
         *TrophyS* Second Place - "Same Old Same Old"   by ♥tHiNg♥
         *TrophyB* Third Place - "The New Truth "   by Royal Eduardo


Our continued thanks to Jeff for keeping Writing.Com's official site contests running smoothly! *Bigsmile*

~~SM

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