Write…Edit…Publish (WEP) is an online writing community now partnering with the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG). We post the third Wednesday of every second month. Check out our program for 2019 in our sidebar and Pages. WEP challenges are open to all. *Submit your name to InLinkz (free) on the first day of the challenge month. The winner for each prompt wins a $10 Amazon Gift Card with winners’ badges for second and third prize. *Scroll down to read previous winning entries. There is also a special Commenter’s badge.


Monday, 29 April 2019

#WEPFF WINNERS' POST for JEWEL BOX, the April Challenge

Hello all!

Welcome to the report of the April 2019 WEP/IWSG combined challenge. Just a quick reminder-for each WEP Challenge, The Insecure Writer's Support Group Facebook page will have a post available where you can add the link for your entry. This is a great way to get more eyes on your work and to interact with more people!


How is the month of April treating you? I hope life is going well and you're getting a lot of writing done. It's hard to believe we're nearly 1/3 of the way done with 2019!
JEWEL BOX, the April prompt, inspired a lot of wonderful entries. I understand that the A to Z Challenge added an extra dimension for some of our participants, but I'd say it all went quite well!  We're thrilled to announce the winners for the WEP/IWSG collaboration for the JEWEL BOX Challenge. Thank you all for taking the time to post and encourage your fellow participants!



As always, there's been a lot of discussion regarding our picks for the shortlist here at WEP but finally, we came to agree on a list for our judge, Nick Wilford. 

The outright winner of the April WEP will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, while another three will have a lovely badge created by Olga Godim to show off on their blog. 
Okay, let's move onto the crux of the post - the winners!
Thanks to our team member, Nilanjana Bose, here is a quick blurb for each entry.



D.G. Hudson – Madeleine receives an old jewel box with a ring and a pearl choker, will it bring her good fortune or bad luck?


Roland Clarke – Sibling rivalry and fire obfuscate  the case – is it just an accident or has a gift shop named The Jewel Box been rammed in with a purpose?


Carrie Ann Golden – Winter and death – a beautiful and timeless theme strung into a  sinister poem.


C. Lee Mckenzie – what can you take with you and what price do you have to pay? Contessa Juliana Costa da Verdi finds out.


Team Netherworld – Organising a jewel box after a near fatal illness does not always make for a positive experience but the self-flagellation can be offset if a ghostly admirer is nearby…


Dixie Jo Jarchow –  The king of a prosperous kingdom takes three wives. Who will survive the palace politics and succeed him?


Pat Garcia – An alabaster box arrives after 12 years in the mail, what’s in the mystery package?


Ursula Hartlein – Jewish immigrant sisters are on a rare trip to New York to buy a jewellery box for the keepsakes from another life…


J Lenni Dorner – a has-been goes to a carnival on his own doorstep and wins copies of his own biography so that no-one else reads it.


Operation Awesome -  A jewel box full of a  different kind of gemstone.


Bernadette Braganza – A drop of water can be worth more than a diamond given the right time and place.


Jemi Fraser  – A lover relives his life with his lady as she lies dying with her hand in his.


Toi Thomas – An anti-hero shows off her ‘crazy cool, realistic eye-ball marbles’ to a group of boys. Just don’t ask how she came by them!


Jemima Pett – An old queen’s  ill-gotten jewel box is probably getting reburgled back…


Anstice Brown  – Siblings Opal and Onyx are incarcerated in the Jewel Box…how will they find an escape route?


Hilary Melton-Butcher – Stained glass, sunlight, flowers in a garden – a toddler is excited by a living jewel box…


Rebecca M Douglass –  gave us a photo essay on her travels in NZ and a glimpse into the magnificent jewel box of Nature.


N.R. Williams -  Primrose makes a trip to the human world to nick a jewel box…will she make it safely back?


Tyrean Martinson  – another installment of Captain Wrath’s  ongoing mission to rescue Lia – where he lands up in a place where toxin secreting plants dominate…

Roland Yeomans - A woman sifts through the jewel box of memories as she prepares for the big sleep...


Kalpana – A vanishing Granny and her unorthodox but uplifting legacy.


Jamie - A hilarious  sci-fi flash combining the slightly dubious contents of a jewel box and the tensions and trials of step families.


Denise Covey – a husband rises from the dead to give his unfaithful wife her birthday gift.


L.G. Keltner – a beloved pair of ruby earrings that have been shut away after one death are brought out at the approach of another.


Olga Godim – An escaped monkey on Rendezvous nicks the Mar’s Ambassador’s jewel box  and a spacewide monkeyhunt gets underway…


Nilanjana Bose – a ring teaches a life lesson and pickles illustrate mortality to a teen in a photo essay.


Without further ado, here is our shortlist which we sent to Nick:
If you didn't make our shortlist, it doesn't mean your entry went unnoticed. Every entry is given consideration, but in the end, there are entries that make the cut.


So (((drum roll)))

THE WINNER OF THE

2019 WEP APRIL CHALLENGE JEWEL BOX
is




Congratulations Jemi!

Nick said: 
"...short and sweet, very sad but also uplifting at the 
same time, love and loss captured in just a few lines. I could hear the music box and the short sentences seem to echo the slightly jerky motion of the dancer."


Jemi, please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!

An Amazon Gift Card of $10 will be winging your way shortly.




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THE RUNNER UP OF THE

2019 WEP APRIL CHALLENGE JEWEL BOX
is



Congratulations Toi!
Your experiment with a new way of writing paid off!


Please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!

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THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE


2019 WEP APRIL CHALLENGE JEWEL BOX

goes to 





Congratulations J Lenni!
We loved your 'old man at the fair' story!


Please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!

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Once again we will also be thanking one of you who took the time to read through all of the wonderful entries and to comment. This is vital to the success of the WEP community. It's our chance to offer support and, when desired, critique that can help us all grow as writers.
At last count, these were the wonderful ones who qualified for this award as they swiftly read and commented. Some have indicated on FB or in comments that they were still reading, so we thank you for your dedicated efforts. It means the world to us to see you supporting your fellow writers!

Here are our top commenter contenders!

Roland Clarke
Pat Garcia
Jemi Fraser
Hilary Melton Butcher

(Note: I wanted to add that Elephant's Child has, as always, done a stellar job at visiting and commenting. I'm sorry I missed mentioning her the first time!)



All of these individuals are deserving, but alas, only one can receive the award!




The random pick winner from those who commented most is Roland Clarke! Roland, please accept the badge on behalf of all the great commenters and display it on your blog!

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Check out ideas from the WEP 2019 Challenges Page for Caged Bird in our menu.


Thank you all!





We'd love if you'd Tweet this post or share to Facebook or your favorite social media site.

#WEPFF Jewel Box winners announced. @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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Come congratulate our first place winner. #WEPFF Jewel Box Challenge @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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The #WEPFF writers are all winners! @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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When you give the #WEPFF challenge a go a win could show! @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/04/wepff-winners-post-for-jewel-box-april.html #amwriting #flashfiction

Sunday, 31 March 2019

#APRIL #WEP/IWSG CHALLENGE SIGN UP -- JEWEL BOX.

Hello all! It's April! Time for our next WEP/IWSG challenge. We'd love to have you join us. Go HERE for ideas for Jewel Box. They're guides only. You're welcome to your own take on it!



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What comes to mind with Jewel Box? April's Challenge @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/03/april-wepiwsg-challenge-sign-up-jewel.html #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction

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What is in your Jewel Box? Join @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey for 2019's second challenge https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/03/april-wepiwsg-challenge-sign-up-jewel.html #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

#WEPff #winner Dixie J Jarchow writes about VOICE!


Hi! Denise here!


A huge congratulations to Dixie J Jarchow who won the WEP/IWSG February challenge, 28 DAYS. All winners are offered the opportunity to write a guest post on whatever topic they choose, but we always like to read something about their writing journey.





Our judge Nick Wilford said on choosing Dixie's story as the winner with her untitled flash on the danger of eating kale (thank you God), he said -- "A chilling glimpse at a future world where things have taken a very sinister turn. The author drops breadcrumbs to be picked up, and I'd like to sample the full meal. An idea worthy of exploration in much more depth."



For her guest post, Dixie has chosen to write about something every writer struggles to achieve -- that all-important Voice.

WRITERS' VOICE


Finding your voice is a big fuzzy buzz in the writing world. Publishers want it, you can recognize it but how do you get it?

Voice is what makes people smile when they read someone’s writing. It is unique to each writer. It feels like the author imbued it with three parts attitude, one part experience and a sprinkling of insight.

The word choice, the cadence of how thoughts are put together, it all plays a part.  So how do you get there?


I used to coach cross country. Most of my family are elite runners. I am an expert observer of the art.


When I see someone running down the street, I can tell if they are a serious runner or an occasional putzer. A serious runner’s gait looks different, smoother, their muscles flow in a rhythm unique to them. And even if I’ve never seen them run before, I can tell that they have put in the miles. I can tell a runner’s identity from far down the street, if I’ve seen them run. They have a style, much like a voice in writing. Their body knows what to do and they can focus on the minutiae of movement and mind. They are free to improve in ways an occasional runner doesn’t even consider.


So it is with writing. 

You can tell when someone has put in enough words to hone their craft, when they are focusing on the small details that sparkle in our minds, when they open our consciousness in a way it hasn’t been before.


So, write. Write a lot. 

How much is that exactly, Mrs. Jarchow?


Darn, I don’t know. I’m too busy writing. I do know that before I got published by Prism/Pelican, I had nine complete novels sitting on the shelf, shall I say, seasoning. I’d won a couple of awards for essays and short stories. 

I don’t write every day but I do think about my writing every day. 

Sometimes I plot. Sometimes I plan. Sometimes the spirit of editing overtakes my body and holy cow, things get done.


I belong to two writing groups that pretty much meet every week unless the Hell-Freezeth-Over Wisconsin weather defeats our intentions. I belong to them because they inspire me and encourage me to continue writing. They also provide some great characters for me. There is usually coffee involved and the illusion of friendship without serious commitment, which appeals to all of us writing introverts.

Thank you Dixie!

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So join us here at WEP. Write lots. Get better. Be kind to others. It’s the path that matters.

If you'd like to follow Dixie's suggestion and write for us here at WEP (Write...Edit...Publish), you are most welcome. We are open to flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photo essays, art...

Our April prompt is Jewel Box. Now that should bring forth some interesting entries. If you're doing the A - Z Challenge and don't want to miss the WEP challenge, try to fit your entry in with the letter of the day.

A to Z 2019

You can begin signing up on April 1 and post sometime preferably before April 17.


Who knows? You could be writing the Guest Post next time!

We'd love if you'd Tweet one of these:


The WEP 2019 February Challenge 28 Days Winner Dixie J Jarchow on Writers Voice - @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/03/wepff-winner-dixie-j-jarchow-writes.html #amwriting #flashfiction #WEPFF

#WEPFF 28 Days winner Dixie J Jarchow's guest post is up. @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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Struggle with your writing voice? @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/03/wepff-winner-dixie-j-jarchow-writes.html #amwriting #flashfiction #WEPFF

Sunday, 3 March 2019

#WEPFF WINNERS' POST for 28 DAYS, the February Challenge.

Hello all!

Welcome to the report of the February 2019 WEP/IWSG combined challenge.


How were your holidays? Settled into 2019? I hope so. Let's plan for a super productive year of writing.
28 Days, the February prompt, dreamed up by competition winner, Toinette Thomas, kicked off the WEP writing calendar. It was a tricky one for some, but it led to some fresh writing. We're thrilled to announce the winners for the WEP/IWSG collaboration for the 28 DAYS Challenge. Thank you for brushing away the cobwebs and posting to the prompt.

As always, there's been a lot of discussion regarding our picks for the shortlist here at WEP but finally, we came to agree on a list for our judge, Nick Wilford. Nick's been very busy himself conducting a blog tour to promote his new novel, which Nick said in an interview with the Cynical Sailor:  "it was inspired by a desire to deal with injustice and prejudice through the medium of a fictional world." My kind of premise...so I'm happy to give Nick a shout out. Anyone else launching a book? Tell us in the comments.


The outright winner of the February WEP will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card from the IWSG, while another three will have a lovely badge created by Olga Godim to show off on their blog. 
Okay, let's move onto the crux of the post - the winners!
28 DAYS was somewhat difficult according to some, meaning we had to wait a little longer for inspiration. But most of you came through with your own unique take.
Thanks to our team member, Nilanjana Bose, here is a quick blurb for each entry.


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Toi Thomas – The blossoming of a friendship ends with the likelihood of loss.

D.G. Hudson -  An earthling faces a terrible loss and takes a trip into space to heal. Clever and creative use of differences in time on and off Earth.

Roland Clarke -  Gave us another episode of his detective story with the feisty Sparkle Anwyl and her lover Kama from Tamil Nadu.

Roland Yeomans – An angsty teenager gets her own back on high school bullies with her…shall we say unusual foresight?

Christopher Scott – An epic battle between the ice queen Beria and flame shaper Cinead, a mythological flavoured prose poetry piece based on current climate issues.

Debbie D – crafted a cool poem highlighting domestic violence. 

Pat Garcia – A soon to be sixty year old kicks off the celebrations of her birth month with a visit to a shop and ends up  getting more than she had thought to buy.  A charming romantic flash.

Bernadette Braganza – Got all of us chuckling with her metaflash on writing deadlines. 


Tyrean Martinson – A cool flash on a reluctant hero’s journal entries, tackling the horrors of trafficking and revisionism with subtlety and humour. 

Carrie Ann Golden – A powerful, thought provoking flash where medical science combines with untrammelled greed to play God.

Dixie Jo Jarchow – Animals are dying by mass suicide and humans are gorging on the 28th day of the Purge. Something ominous is cooking…you’ll never feel the same about kale chips again.

J.M. Weiner – A courageous, autobiographical flash on infertility and its impact on a couple. 

Rebecca M Douglass – Love on a deadline with an alcoholic Fairy Godmother. 

Jemima Pett – An epistolary flash - a trip to Iceland goes horribly wrong. 

Team Netherworld – A beloved, dead queen laid to rest in an enchanted garden and 28 days to heal and grow a magic tree. 

Hilary Melton Butcher – Made us all smile with what she did and didn’t do for this prompt. Not for nothing is her blog called Positive Letters…Inspirational Stories…

Kalpana – A creative and refreshing take on the relevance of numbers versus words. 

Michelle Wallace – A woman with baby blue eyes at the centre of a web involving three men and a bet. 

Susan Rouchard -  A grandchild tries to bring about a rapprochement between her mother and grandfather before death ends the possibility.

Damyanti -  An ominous countdown to the end of the MC’s world. 

Anstice Brown – A powerful flash on child bereavement, addiction and recovery. 

N.R. Williams -  Penned a heart warming flash about a fallible mc trying to overcome her flaws.

Dolorah – A fascinating story of blood sacrifice and a Mayan deity.

Sally -  Gave us a double treat with a poem and a flash on the challenges of growing old as well as its rewards.

Michael Di Gesu – A powerful and passionate plea for a more equal, more just, more green world.  

Jemi Fraser - An artist starts off putting together a portfolio and ends up with darker results than expected. 

Denise Covey - A harrowing journey over 28  days summing up all the terror of a refugee on the run. 

L. G. Keltner -  A poignant flash about young love that unravels into betrayal.

Olga Godim -  entertained us with a delightful sci-fi flash about a pet care shop in the Rendezvous Space Station. 

Nilanjana Bose - an attempt at a photo essay on a trip made in summer 2018.


Without further ado, here is our shortlist which we sent to Nick:
Debbie D Doglady
Tyrean Martinson
Dolorah
Dixie  J Jarchow
Carrie Ann Golden
JM Weiner

If you didn't make our shortlist, it doesn't mean your entry went unnoticed. Every entry is given consideration, but in the end, there are entries that make the cut.


So (((drum roll)))

THE WINNER OF THE

2019 WEP FEBRUARY CHALLENGE 28 DAYS
is



Congratulations Dixie!
Nick said: 

"A chilling glimpse at a future world where things have taken a very sinister turn. The author drops breadcrumbs to be picked up, and I'd like to sample the full meal. An idea worthy of exploration in much more depth."
Please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!

An Amazon Gift Card of $10 will be winging your way shortly.




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THE RUNNER UP OF THE

2019 WEP FEBRUARY CHALLENGE 28 DAYS
is



Congratulations Tyrean!


Please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!

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THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE


2019 WEP FEBRUARY 28 DAYS CHALLENGE

goes to 




Congratulations Donna/Dolorah!


Please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!

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Hi! L.G. here!

Once again we will also be thanking one of you who took the time to read through all of the wonderful entries and to comment. This is vital to the success of the WEP community. It's our chance to offer support and, when desired, critique that can help us all grow as writers.
At last count, around February 24, these were the wonderful ones who qualified for this award as they swiftly read every post. Some have indicated on FB or in comments that they were still reading, so we thank you for your dedicated efforts. It means the world to us to see you supporting your fellow writers!

Toi Thomas
Christopher Scott
Debbie D Doglady
Dolorah

but alas, we can only give it to one deserving individual. 


The random pick winner from those who commented most is Christopher Scott! Christopher, please accept the badge on behalf of all the great commenters and display it on your blog!

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We post during the A - Z Challenge month, April. We combine the day's A - Z post letter with your WEP post. 

Not everyone participates in the A - Z, but I know some of you absolutely live for it! Start planning your combined post now! 

Checking the calendar, the 17th April is "Q" which I think would be tricky for Jewel Box. You could post before the 17th with "O", "P" or after with "R", "S". Spurious links welcome!!

Check out ideas from the WEP 2019 Challenges Page for Jewel Box in our menu.



Thank you all!





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#WEPFF 28 Days winners announced. @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/03/wepff-winners-post-for-28-days-february.html #amwriting #flashfiction

Come congratulate our first place winner. #WEPFF 28 Days Challenge @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/03/wepff-winners-post-for-28-days-february.html #amwriting #flashfiction

The #WEPFF writers are all winners! @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/03/wepff-winners-post-for-28-days-february.html #amwriting #flashfiction

When you give the #WEPFF challenge a go a win could show! @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/03/wepff-winners-post-for-28-days-february.html #amwriting #flashfiction