Thursday, April 1, 2010

In Which I Reveal Further Prizes

I want to thank everyone who took the time out of their schedules to participate in my 100 Followers Writing Contests. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

I received a total of 11 stories (12 if you count a fake-ish one Twin submitted (more on that later)) which was a great number!

Out of the 6 prompts, the favorites seemed to be the diary after the storm and smelling fear. For those who are curious, I most likely would have attempted the inventor one and written a steampunk short. Or perhaps the "It keeps getting worse" prompt.

Here are the stats (since Christi used all of the prompts, I'm not counting her in the numbers):

  • After 3 weeks, a lost dog returns home to its master carrying an unidentifiable bone in its mouth
    I received 1 entry for this prompt

  • After waking from a coma, a woman discovers she can smell fear
    I received 3 entries with this prompt

  • When a crackpot inventor is killed by one of his contraptions his brother - also an inventor - finds himself compelled to finish the work
    2 entries used this prompt

  • A man discovers a large sum of money in his wallet and can't remember where it came from
    1 entry for this prompt

  • Use the quote "I pray every day that it will stop, but it keeps getting worse."
    no one used this prompt, except Twin with her fake-ish entry

  • After a violent thunderstorm a man discovers a rain-soaked diary among the debris in his yard
    3 entries used this prompt

The majority of the entries had exactly 749 words. It was kind of creepy that way.

As I stated above, Twin snuck in her own entry. It had pictures and was about her love of Ninjas.

It contained some beautiful writing, such as this chunk: "I pray every day that it'll stop but it just keeps getting worse. My desire to be a ninja, that is. I mean, check this shit out:"
Followed by these pictures:

Good times, but she will not be winning a prize.

However the rest of the entrants will!

Everyone who participated will receive a copy of Hooked! Which may possibly be the best book on writing I've read in years.

Onto the remaining entries!

Piedmont Writer wrote a piece called The Tornado where a man finds his wife's diary after a storm. This was a sad and touching piece and I loved the line "Now he could see he never gave her the one thing that could".

Courtney from Southern Princess also used the diary in the storm prompt to write a haunting story about immortality and desire. It had a fantastic hook in it's opening line: "Dillon ignores his immortality".

Achinghope was the final entry in the diary in the storm prompt and her story Debris revolved around the ghosts our actions leave behind. It contained this gem of description: "The cloth was wet and faded blue, felt like moldy bread under his fingertips."

Janel's story Miracle Pill was one of the few that used the contraption that killed his brother prompt. A story about a miracle diet pill, one of my favorite lines was "Their mother loved to show strangers 40-year old pictures of her chubby-cheeked cherubs."

Joan Crawford (who doesn't even consider herself a real writer, btw) wrote a fantastic piece about a woman who becomes addicted to smelling the fear of others. Fav line: "She'd gotten herself in trouble, loved a man with ash for a heart". Loved. This. Piece. (also Joan, if you don't want the writing book, I'd be happy to send you an amazon gift card instead. Just let me know)

Susan Fields also used the prompt of smelling fear to tell a story about familial love. Oh, and murder. I loved this description: "All had the sickly sweet smell of decaying fruit".

Please everyone email me your addresses so I can send you your prize.

I want to stress again that for many of these entries it was a very, very, very close call and that everyone did a MARVELOUS job.

Thanks everyone who participated and Yvie will be in tomorrow for our usual Friday Fun Words.


Summer said...

Aw, you're so sweet! It was such a great contest.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool.

Susan Fields said...

Hey, great! I just put in a order for Hooked at the book store. Now I won't have to buy it - thanks!

Piedmont Writer said...

Sarah you are WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for the beautiful comment on my story. And thank you for the book. You've made my day.

Christi Goddard said...

Are you going to post them so we can read them? I was really looking forward to reading the rest of them. They all sound fabulous.

Falen said...

Summer - thanks. i just had such a hard time picking winners that prizes for everyone soothed my conscience a bit

Alex - thanks

Susan - how serendipitous!

Piedmont - well thanks for writing such a grat story!

Christs - i am not, mostly because i think the other entrants either have or are going to post them on their own blogs...

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Wow, those entries all sound really good. :) I am going to be ordering that book soon, too!

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

Awww! YAY! Thanks so much!!!I cannot wait!

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Karen Amanda Hooper said...

How did I miss this this? Now I'm angry. Like, ninja angry.

Congrats to all who participated. :)

Patti said...

Sounds like it was a great contest.

Falen said...

Dangerous - the book is totally worth the read

Courtney - i hope it ships quickly!

Karen and Patti - not to worry, there will be more contests in the future

Talli Roland said...

Aw, that's so nice of you!

Congrats to everyone who entered.

Janel said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun picking the winners. There were definitely some interesting plots! Thanks for doing the contest.

Kittie Howard said...

Interesting plots, lots of entries, and cool writing. What a great way to have fun.

Shelley Sly said...

Sounds like it was a great contest. Congrats to all the winners!

Joan Crawford said...

Yay! Thanks for the nice comments, Lady! This was a really fun contest - I can't wait to get my book!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

You are the most awesome-est contest hostess ever!!!!


Jemi Fraser said...

All of the entries sound great :)

Palindrome said...

Congratulations to all!! I love creativity in the spur of the moment. I hope everyone posts their entries, I woulld love to read them all.

AchingHope said...

Whoops, I never commented on here. I thought I had. I have been wanting to read Hooked forever. I hear it is very good.

And I would also love to read everyone else's short stories. They sound so good! :D

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