“Best Excerpt, All Genres” — We have our Medal Winners!

SoWrite’s most successful writing contest to date has reached the finish line. It’s time to announce our judges’ prize-level choices for our “Best Excerpt, All Genres” finalists. Let me say right up front that this last judging round did not end up the way I had imagined it would. For instance, contestants who provided final-round […]

“Best Excerpt, All Genres” Contest Medal Round

Our contestants and judges have spoken, and we have our four “Best Excerpt, All Genres” 2014 contest finalists. Why four? Because our judges were adamant about their choices, and insisted that a fourth entry be considered in this final medal-award round. Before I get any deeper into the details, please allow me to present our […]

Dawn Hawkins wins our “Best Opening Paragraph” contest!

Dawn has earned our $31 First Place prize for her entry — We had so many great entries! Before we get to the other finalists, let’s have a look at Dawn’s winning “Best Opening Paragraph.” Here’s what she wrote: I made the mess myself. I couldn’t say no. I almost felt like it was an […]

Congrats to our January Jumpstart contest winner: Mac Pike

With a respectful nod to the Big Game being played today in New Orleans, I’m excited to announce our judging panel’s decision for the winner of our January Jumpstart contest, “What happens next?” Let’s raise a glass of something vile and home-brewed to humorist Mac Pike for his First Place entry: (Julie Helm’s  winning First Sentence from December begins […]

Presenting our December Jackpot contest winner: “This I confess…”

To help celebrate the holiday season, I’m very happy to announce our judges’ choice as the winner of our December Jackpot contest, “Best Opening Sentence.” Congratulations to writer Julie Helms for her First Place entry: “This I confess, and nothing more!” she cried aloud to the howling throng. Julie’s entry was chosen by unanimous decision […]

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