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May 15, 2015 at 5:06pm
May 15, 2015 at 5:06pm
#849593
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Invalid Review by Anonymous
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "A fathers struggle and a daughters love" by Rochndil
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "Black Magic for Death" by Magicmama

To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then The StoryMaster , The StoryMistress and I individually rank those 10 reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top three winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane

May 9, 2015 at 3:26pm
May 9, 2015 at 3:26pm
#849132
This week we've released some significant changes to Writing.Com that we are very excited to finally share with the entire community! Codenamed "Project 2015" (P15), this is our first major update in five years and the culmination of more than six months of working and reworking, tweaking and retweaking.

We've highlighted just a handful of the many great changes and encourage you to make your way through Writing.Com to explore them:

*Bullet* Our new navigation and user interface is more welcoming, easier to understand and less cluttered. Writing.Com provides more options, tools and activities than any other writing community, so this is a very important update and one of our favorites to P15!

*Bullet* We've consolidated the text of various "tools" and "manage" areas and now use a standard (gear) icon. Look for this image any time you want to edit, update or explore an item or area.

*Bullet* Mobile usability and functionality is much more up to date and current. This is a huge change for Writing.Com and we are very excited about this one!

*Bullet* Item creation and edit screens are easier on the eyes, simpler to fill out, quicker to comprehend and more streamlined than ever before.

*Bullet* Covers for items and portfolios are easier to upload or choose.

*Bullet* All members, regardless of paid or free accounts, may now use our Writing.Com stock covers for their items and portfolios!

*Bullet* Portfolio covers are now used within the community, including the newsfeed and forum posts. This makes Writing.Com more personable, emphasizing our community and encouraging individual creativity.

*Bullet* Our new Portfolio Organizer is dynamic and allows you to simply drag and drop your portfolio items into the order you want them. This update also makes it easy to see the entire layout of your portfolio in one glance without paging back and forth.

*Bullet* Portfolios have been cleaned up and the highlighted items are now visually showcased with their covers more than ever before.

*Bullet* Our sitewide search system has been combined with searching within portfolios. You can now search within your own portfolio or someone else's, depending where you are within the site.

*Bullet* Skins & Themes and the colors they use are utilized more with our new navigation and layout. Customize your personal view of Writing.Com by easily changing the background, font and various other colors that will envelope your pages.

*Bullet* Item listings have been given an updated look with a focus on covers.


... This list only scratches the surface of our latest update to Writing.Com. There are countless other updates and visual improvements that haven't been mentioned, but will make the community more user-friendly for members new and old.

The positive feedback from our community has been incredible! The P15 update took many cues from site members and testers who participated in our various testing periods and those that have posted in "Beta Tests: Comments. We're always here to listen and help with any problems you may find within the new Writing.Com. So seriously: If you have any questions or bug reports regarding the new site, please visit and post in:
 
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And don't forget...
Our ongoing "Good Deeds Get CASH! review contest offers cash prizes for your feedback! Authors on Writing.Com are looking for good, useful critiques and exposure within our community. Do a good deed by reviewing any qualifying item on Writing.Com and you might win!
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              Third Place:  $  25 cash

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April 18, 2015 at 10:39pm
April 18, 2015 at 10:39pm
#847315
The winners for the March 2015 running of "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 27 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 - "John Blackburn"   by Word Warrior beating cancer!!
*Bullet* Second Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor
*Bullet* Third Place - "Weeping Island"   by Graham B.

~Diane

*Right* The contest for April is "Rhythms & Writing: Official WDC Contest *Left*
April 16, 2015 at 8:37pm
April 16, 2015 at 8:37pm
#847145
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "Doppelganger (ReWrite)" by Joy
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "Is there Scientific Proof of God?" by Era
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "When Dreams Stick" by ♥hOOves under Curfew♥

To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then SMs, SM and I individually rank those ten reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top three winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane

March 25, 2015 at 11:29am
March 25, 2015 at 11:29am
#844928
The following winners for the February 2014 running of "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest were chosen from the 17 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "THAT THING!"   by Oldwarrior
*Bullet* Second Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor
*Bullet* Third Place - "Sisters"   by Graham B.

~Diane

The contest for March is "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest.
March 18, 2015 at 9:40am
March 18, 2015 at 9:40am
#844427
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "The Redemption of Heather" by Olivia's going BACK to Canada!
*Bullet* Second ($50): Invalid Review by Anonymous
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "Slearch and Scourge and the Enterprise" by Dawsongirl

To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then SMs, SM and I individually rank those 10 reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top 3 winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane

February 26, 2015 at 12:41am
February 26, 2015 at 12:41am
#842571
This round there were 63 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First: "Love, Me"   by Satuawany
*Bullet* Second: "Dear Me (2015)"   by Jeff
*Bullet* Third: "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor

Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their goals for 2015!

~Diane

The contest for February is "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest.
February 15, 2015 at 12:01pm
February 15, 2015 at 12:01pm
#841490
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "Black Magic for Death" by Cobe
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "Under His Great Name" by ♥ Jbradford is writing ♥
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "Mother bird's love" by eyestar-Congrats Quill folks.

To select the winners, 10 entries to the contest are randomly selected and then SMs, SM and I individually rank those 10 reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top 3 winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane
February 1, 2015 at 9:22am
February 1, 2015 at 9:22am
#840033
The following winners for the December 2014 running of "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 23 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 - "Michael's Best Friend"   by Bikerider 10 years!
*Bullet* Second Place - "Vigilance"   by Just Ren
*Bullet* Third Place - "Invalid Item"   by A Guest Visitor

~Diane
January 19, 2015 at 10:50am
January 19, 2015 at 10:50am
#838984
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "The Gift of Independence" by J. Lee
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "Erin" by ~Dragon~
*Bullet* Third ($25): Invalid Review by Anonymous

To select the winners, ten entries to the contest are randomly selected and then SMs, SM and I individually rank those ten reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top three winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane

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