List of nominees for the 12th annual Quill Awards (2018 edition)
Nominations close at the end of January 2019. To nominate someone, please use the "2018 Nomination Form for Quill Awards" .
If a statement was included with the nomination post or email, it is also included below. Statements included may be edited from the original nomination statements and may be removed or reasonably edited at any time if the Quills panel deems it necessary or appropriate. Names of nominators are not included for privacy reasons.
The following categories are open for nominations:
created and/or reasonably active in 2018
Best Forum (Non-Contest)
"Question of the Day!" [18+] by Bette Davis, AKA Lilli
A fun, simple way to get to know what your fellow writers are thinking!
"Scheming Scoundrel's Forum of Finesse" [E] by LJ-Swinging on the stars
The changing variety of promoted contests encourages users to participate in a fun way. For example, I have entered a certain contest each week and haven't won (yet). But I feel like I've got my own cheerleading team behind me, motivating me to keep learning from my non-wins and persevere. The changing variety of contests pushes me out of my comfort zone and introduces me to new challenges and people.
"Community Recognition Assist" [13+] by Andy52in52~Wodehousing
I think this is such a valuable forum! I hate that I didn't find it sooner! I think I'll be using it a good bit now that I found it. I hate to give folks an award that I don't think they REALLY deserved, but it's sometimes easier to do that than to get someone to give a MB. CR Assist solves the problem! I can reward folks with MBs, even if I recently gave them one
"Rach's Chocolate Emporium" [13+] by Choconut
I love the variety of items she has to offer from reviews to MBs and more. The packages come in a variety of price points to suit most people's budget. This forum offers a great opportunity for giving out treats to anyone you want to shower with love here on WdC.
"The Contest Challenge" [13+] by Schnujo
Best Campfire, In & Out, or Interactive
"Daily Snapshot" [E] by Genipher
A fun image captioning contest.
"TV Shows and Movies Campfire 2018" [ASR] by Princess Megan Rose
This wonderful campfire spans many decades of entertainment and it has moved at lightning speed, capturing historical perspective throughout.
"Jane Austen CampFire, Her Life, Stories" [ASR] by Princess Megan Rose
This is an original idea and it promotes reading and learning about a legendary author, Jane Austen.
"Quotes From Authors Campfire Writings" [ASR] by Princess Megan Rose
It is an original, well written idea that involves finding writing quotations and interpreting them and bringing real-life experiences to bear. The writers write often so it moves along nicely.
Best Single-Person Activity
"Daily Snapshot" [E] by Genipher
So fun, mentally challenging, and addictive for such a simple activity I'm surprised no-one came up with the idea before.
"Rach's Chocolate Emporium" [13+] by Choconut
"Chickadee" [E] by Caerlynn
"Jake Voss, Galactic Bounty Hunter" [18+] by LJ-Swinging on the stars
This is the authors own personal sketch of a character in his novel.
Best Image/cNote Shop
Best New Contest
"18 IN EIGHTEEN " [13+] by Carol St. Ann
This contest is so cool! It's unique, clever, and beautifully laid out.
"The Weekly Echo" [E] by Genipher
"WDC Photo Contest" [ASR] by Abby Gayle
"A Fistful of Merit Badges" [13+] by Andy52in52~Wodehousing
"Twisted Traditional Poetry Contest." [13+] by CJ
"30-Day Blogging Challenge" [13+] by Fivesixer ☮
"SCREAMS!!!" [XGC] by Angus
This contest has been one of the mainstays here at WDC. It is not easy to run monthly contests, let alone a daily one like Screams!!! Kudos to Angus!
"The Bard's Hall Contest" [13+] by StephB Happy Bday WDC!
"Construct Cup Chinese New Year Edition" [18+] by Ren~Construct Cup is Coming!!
"Endings are the New Beginning Contest" [13+] by Lostwordsmith~a.k.a.Rocket
"Cupid's Lucky Arrows Game" [13+] by Sam's cruising in style!
Well, who can argue with a raffle that encourages role play? Also, I think this is one of the few places where you might get rewarded for being bad.
"Marvin's Birthday Auction" [E] by Chris Breva - Go Marshall!
This is one of the best by far auctions I've seen run!
Best New Group
"Mental Health Writers Alliance" [GC] by Char
Because it serves a huge need!
"Herding Cats & Squirrel Tracks" [GC] by Jayne
Hilarious and interesting. What more do you need from a blog?
"Chris' Christian Blog" [13+] by Chris Breva - Go Marshall!
It is possibly the written blog on this writing site
"A Journey Through Novel Writing" [18+] by Hela-The Goddess of Death☠
This is an interesting and insightful blog on writing. Kerri draws from her own experience to offer sound advice to others embarking on the novel-writing process.
"Caerlynn's Positivity Cafe" [13+] by Caerlynn
"Fade To Black" [18+] by brian 🍁 obsessed with 🥀
must be static items created in 2018 unless otherwise noted
Best Short Poem, Structured
"Fleeting Moments" [E] by Gypsy Ann~Falling For Autumn
In just six lines, Gypsy Ann has crafted a beautiful, poignant moment.
"Uninspired" [E] by Queen Kissy
"Ode to My Ex-Husband" [13+] by Queen Kissy
"Silly Boys" [18+] by Bob - the Unicorns are waiting
Best Medium-Length Poem, Structured
"The Unicorn Danced" [E] by Mordee2
Hilarious entry for, and co-winner of, "The Writer's Cramp" [13+].
"Trapped" [ASR] by CJ
This is a poignant description of life with depression and anxiety. Really well written. Emotional.
"The Lonely Bear" [E] by John Hawkes
I thought this was a really cute idea, a nicely executed poem, and it made me feel for the bear, Fuzzy.
"One More Light Chester Bennington"
The best poetry comes straight from the heart as this one does.
"Faded Flowers" [13+] by Bob - the Unicorns are waiting
This poem was written in La Charta form, which is difficult. The author was extremely creative and did a wonderful job. It read smoothly and I didn't stumble or question its meaning.
"The Little Arsonist" [18+] by Jayne
"ECSTASY" by Romanika
"Into The April Wind" [13+] by ♥tHiNg♥
"My Conversation With a Daffodil" [E] by Dave's gone until 9/27
A wonderful poem using symbolism
"Memories of Home" [E] by 🌜 HuntersMoon
Best Long Poem, Structured
"Divine Feminine" [13+] by Warped Sanity- Thanks Schnujo
This is a mammoth poem! The form is really tricky but perfectly executed. And I love the celebration of being a woman. It's brilliant!
"Invalid Item"  by A Guest Visitor
The poem is humorous throughout and kept this reader's attention, and that is not easy to accomplish with a poem of this length. It reminds me of a Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote cartoon.
"Looking for Love " [18+] by Beauty4Ashes
"The Defoliation of America" [13+] by 🌜 HuntersMoon
"Don't @ Me" [18+] by Jeff is Masquerading|#2158576
"THE SITE OF THE SOUL " [18+] by Romanika
"Surviving A Drama Queen" [13+] by 🌜 HuntersMoon
Best Short Poem, Free Verse
"Poetry Is..." by brian 🍁 obsessed with 🥀
"The View " [13+] by Beauty4Ashes
"Forever Feeling Your Love" [E] by LegendaryMasK💓ScarlettOHara
This poem just touched my heart and really moved me. I definitely believe it is quill worthy.
"Yellow Rose Blessings" [E] by PWheeler ~ love, joy and peace
The best poetry comes straight from the heart. This is an amazing tribute for another member, who has passed on.
"Fuck Mother's Day" [GC] by Lyn aka Hecate
"The Man on the Corner" by 🌜 HuntersMoon
Shines the light on the plight of homeless veterans - evokes emotion with only 24 syllables
"Verbal Battery" [GC] by PWheeler ~ love, joy and peace
"Hidden" [18+] by Bette Davis, AKA Lilli
"You Break It, You Broke It" [GC] by Cinn
"Left Exposed" [18+] by Jim Hall
Best Medium-Length Poem, Free Verse
"Deadly Charms" [E] by Chris Breva - Go Marshall!
I love this short poem called Deadly Charms the rhythm is excellently done.
"Honey Crisp Kisses (33 Lines)" [E] by ♥tHiNg♥
This is a delightful poem about a beautiful Basset Hound. It makes me smile.
"Stills" [18+] by Choconut
Great work incorporating form elements reminiscent of Mina Loy's futurism style.
"The Freezing of Patriotism" [18+] by Lorraine aka Dean Winchester
It's a poignant reminder that war destroys people in more ways than just on the battlefield. It reminds us that veterans should be honoured, not ignored.
"Manipulating Magdalena" (18+) by Golden Eagle Eye
This poem has great imagery. It's interesting and educational, as well as being beautifully and sensitively written.
"You Would Have Been Loved" [E] by Azrael Tseng
This poem is heartbreaking. I love the emotion, but also the visual aspect. The layout is so creative and clever. I knew this was a Quill nomination the moment I read it.
"Lost In The Shuttle" by brian 🍁 obsessed with 🥀
"Broken Promises" [E] by innerlight contemplates life
"Mourning After" [13+] by innerlight contemplates life
"Time After Time" [E] by Queen Kissy
"Your Decades-Old Socks" [E] by Jayne
It is powerful and evoked emotion and was well researched and written.
"ISOLATION" [E] by GenreJunkyAtLarge
"WEATHERED LANDSCAPE" [E] by GenreJunkyAtLarge
"Rid The Parasite" [18+] by IntueyDreaming
"Truth and Lies" [GC] by Lostwordsmith~a.k.a.Rocket
"Slow Descent" [XGC] by Bette Davis, AKA Lilli
"Wish" [E] by L.A. Grawitch
"Dried Flowers" [13+] by 🌜 HuntersMoon
"Shedding the Masks" [18+] by Bette Davis, AKA Lilli
"Poor Little Things" [E] by Jayne
"When We Argue" [18+] by Solace.Bring
"Finch" [18+] by Tileira
Best Long Poem, Free Verse
"Children Don't Run Here" [13+] by Golden Eagle Eye
This poem has fantastic imagery that breaks your heart the more you read. The image of children running is so nicely written. Great work.
"Within His Eyes" by Lisa Noe~kittylove
Lisa has written an awesome piece of work that touches even the coldest of hearts. This particular piece pays homage to the wildlife in zoos and how miserable they are. She captures the quiet desperation of the beast.
"Acceptance- A Novel Idea" [E] by Fyn-
Best Poetry Collection
"Construct Cup: Chinese New Year Edition" [18+] by Jayne
All of these poems are based off prompts and the contestants only have 24-hours to come up with something. The poetry in this folder is just remarkable!
Best Short Non-Fiction
"Warped Tour Diary" [18+] by Jess - Happy Bday WDC!
I got completely lost in Jessica's experiences. The atmosphere is really well described. It's also really interesting.
"Collecting Happy Moments in 2017" [E] by Jess - Happy Bday WDC!
This is such a fab idea. I found it really interesting and, actually, quite inspiring.
"More XGC than there used to be?" [ASR] by Joey's August, with Juleps
Best Long Non-Fiction
Best Non-Fiction Collection
Best Flash Fiction
"I Am Death, the Harvester of Souls" [ASR] by Jim Hall
An extremely dark and well written piece by a very talented writer!
"Invalid Item"  by A Guest Visitor
As a published writer of horror myself, I thought this was one of the best I've read in awhile!
"Pomegranate Seed" [13+] by Uncommonspirit
I love the imaginative martian world this story inhabits. It's a great read.
"Honor Bound" [13+] by Uncommonspirit
This is an exciting tale of a mage's power being passed on to another. I love the open ending.
"Mum's the Word" [E] by Queen Kissy
This is a beautiful story of a mother-daughter relationship. It has a great twist at the end.
"Heroes" [13+] by Tobber
"The Box" [18+] by dragonwoman
I've read this author for years, and she all of her FF is always incredible!
"Peeps" [E] by L.A. Grawitch
This is an incredibly creepy story by incredibly good author. She's able to think far outside of the box when it comes to using prompts!
"Hazmat" [18+] by Jayne
This is an incredibly twisted piece of Horror!
"Boo" [13+] by Choconut
"Invalid Item"  by A Guest Visitor
"The Value of a Rose" [ASR] by Pesky Teacher Amanda
"Thankpology" [E] by Writers_Cramp
"Both Sides Now" [E] by D. Reed Whittaker
"Meeting at the Park" [E] by QPdoll
""Yes"" [13+] by bobturn
"Chocolate up to experience" [13+] by bobturn
"The Quarter" [E] by D. Reed Whittaker
Best Short Story (1)
"Qetesh" [18+] by Warped Sanity- Thanks Schnujo
This is a lovely story of young love and the butterflies we feel. I love the sizzling chemistry between Shannon and Lizzy.
"Edrahil's Last Walk" [13+] by Tiggy
This story is rich in description and emotion. It's beautifully written. A fantastic read.
"Deep Search" [E] by Tobber
"A Poe Choice" [13+] by bobturn
"An Excerpt From The Grim Reaper & I" [18+] by Alcides
"Winds from the Northern Lake" [E] by Quest-YELLOW-Thanks Schnujo
"A Rose for Cassandra" [18+] by Warped Sanity- Thanks Schnujo
"Cry of the Llano" [ASR] by Azrael Tseng
This short story is a well-written Native American tale. Highly recommended.
"Turning Back the Clock" [E] by Bubblegum Jones
It brought a smile to my face. Not much does that. It is well written.
"OLD MAN" [13+] by GenreJunkyAtLarge
"God's Mission -- the Will of the Lord." [XGC] by hvysmker
"The Grass Is Greener" [18+] by Bob - the Unicorns are waiting
"Guardian Mine" [13+] by Sorji
"The Cane" [GC] by Jayne
"Veronica's Red Sweater" [13+] by Donkey Hoetay
Packs a great plot twist at the end, you never see it coming!
"Seeking the Guru" [ASR] by Genipher
This is a very witty take on one person's struggle with writer's block.
"Leave a Trail of Color in Your Wake" [XGC] by Strega
This is an incredible piece by an incredibly gifted author!
"Just Being Me" [13+] by Choconut
"The Impatient Fairy" [E] by Schnujo
"The Homemaker's Helper" [18+] by LJ-Swinging on the stars
"What if... " [E] by 🌜 HuntersMoon
"Perfect Goodbye" [13+] by 🌜 HuntersMoon
"Timing is Everything" [GC] by LJ-Swinging on the stars
"Samantha's Pet" [18+] by Bob - the Unicorns are waiting
"Three Wishes" [18+] by Jim Hall
"The Benefits of Tea - a SCREAMS!!! entry" by Osirantinous
Best Short Story (2)
"The Good-bye (2,900 words) " [13+] by Noni Bird
"Time After Time" [18+] by Eric Wharton
"Your Name" [XGC] by Lynn McKenzie
"Inside Voice" [18+] by Than Pence
"A Walk in the Park" [E] by Carol St. Ann
"Some Still Believe" [GC] by Stargopher
"Words for Snow" [13+] by K Renée
Best Long Story
"Perfect Paws" [13+] by Azrael Tseng
I love Azrael's creativity. This is an insane story with intricately created layers. It's so well crafted and really enjoyable.
"Chapter One" by Lorraine aka Dean Winchester
Best Novel or Novella
Best Short Story Collection
Best Mixed Collection
"The Nature of Poetry" by Dave's gone until 9/27
"Jane Austen Newsletter August 2018" [E] by Princess Megan Rose
"Basic Meter for Beginners" edited by Northernwrites
Very informative for those learning the basics of poetry.
"The Color of Sound" edited by Brooke-Oprah is Masquerading!
"Are You Okay?" edited by Kittiara
Very inspirational in a non-denominational way, which isn't easy to do. This newsletter spoke to me because sometimes all we need to do is-- ask. Great writing.
Best Educational Program
Max Griffin is a fantastically detailed and helpful reviewer with a great eye for detail, a fine sense for words and an elaborate well thought out review template.
Angus is a great reviewer providing thoughtful and detailed feedback. His feedback isn't only technical though, he has a fine sense for tone and is an informative but compact review format.
It can be hard to receive northernwrite's tough critique, but if this reviewer can't help make your writing better, you may just be being stubborn.
Special Contributions to WDC
(nominations for this category are not published. Only winners will be announced)
Best New Portfolio
Bette Davis, AKA Lilli
PWheeler ~ love, joy and peace