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.


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
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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
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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
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Come congratulate our first place winner. #WEPFF 28 Days Challenge @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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The #WEPFF writers are all winners! @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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Thursday, 31 January 2019

#WEP/IWSG #FIRST CHALLENGE OF 2019. SIGN UP HERE FOR 28 DAYS.

Hello all and welcome to WEP 2019! Here are the full list of challenges for the year~


Our February challenge is the result of an IWSG competition - won by Toinette Thomas. 28 Days was the winner. Let's hope you come up with a unique spin on this prompt.

The final challenge of the year was a result of a friendly competition between our partners, the IWSG admin. The winner chosen by the WEP team was Footprints, the brainchild of Tyrean Martinson.

So, let's get this WEP year underway with 28 Days~ 

If you'd like to share the script on your blog, here is the HTML: 

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Please share the challenge on social media!

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


The WEP 2019 February Challenge 28 Days - @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/01/wepiwsg-first-challenge-of-2019-sign-up.html #amwriting #flashfiction #WEPFF 

What to do with 28 Days? February's Challenge @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/01/wepiwsg-first-challenge-of-2019-sign-up.html #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction

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What does 28 Days bring to mind? Join @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey for 2019's first challenge https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/01/wepiwsg-first-challenge-of-2019-sign-up.html #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction

Thursday, 20 December 2018

#WEPFF WINNERS' POST for RIBBONS and CANDLES the December Challenge.



Hello all!
We're thrilled to announce the winners for the WEP/IWSG collaboration for the RIBBONS and CANDLES Challenge, our final challenge of the year. Thank you for posting at this busy time of year.

WEP CHALLENGE FOR DECEMBER - RIBBONS AND CANDLES

It's been rather hectic here at WEP as we read/discuss/choose our picks for the shortlist. As we extended the posting time, it's allowed us to read more at our leisure as we do all those things we do during the holiday season.
For me, it means finishing teaching for the year. Moving up from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and preparing for an influx of visitors. How about you? What does the holiday season mean to you?
One of you will be happy to receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, while another three will have a lovely badge to show off on your blog. No, I can actually count. One of you who went into the draw for Best Commenter will receive a badge. WEP cannot operate without your comments, so thank you for stepping up and reading each other's posts. It enriches the experience.
Just a note: Every time we open a challenge, we give some guidelines. Today we'll look at No 5.
5. Leave a COMMENT on the WEP website or C-Box when you post your entry. We then add your DirectLink (DL) 

Okay, let's move onto the crux of the post - the winners!

RIBBONS and CANDLES was treated with aplomb. We had some horror, some romance, some joyful family experiences -- some fun!

Roland Yeomans – A hotel room, a glowing tree, a glowy beverage, and a cast of super-intriguing characters, and one of them with a Luger.

D. G. Hudson – A kidnapped son gets back together with his father in the outer reaches of space, and a little boy gets told the story of Christmas traditions and their origins on Terra, the first home of humanity.

Pat Hatt – A fertility ribbon and an infertility candle and kids trapped in a different plane – a creepy story of sibling rivalry taken to extremes.

Pat Garcia -  Dementia, love and loss on Christmas Day, one yellow ribbon and a blown out candle.

Susan Swiderski – A grandmother won’t throw away the faded purple ribbon in her Bible, even though her grandchild has made her a brand new glittery bookmark for Christmas. Why?

Toi Thomas – A blazing tree, a lone dancer and her supreme sacrifice, a magical festival in a different world.

C. Lee Mackenzie – A grieving, suddenly widowed matriarch has some unexpected help with the decorations as her sons find to their surprise when they get home for Christmas.

Tyrean Martinson – A bereaved daughter, dealing with grief over Christmas season, finds comfort in the arms of an old schoolmate and hope in an advent wreath.

Michelle Wallace -  Two different candles burn in two different rooms across the world and symbolise a powerful story of haves and have-nots.

Dixie Jarchow – A dying teenager tries to make a difference  and leave a mark by going to an eighth grade party…

Roland C Clarke -  Two policewomen dig for clues in a long ago cold case, a 19th century hit-and-run or…was it a cold-blooded murder?

Jemima Pett -  A celebration with ribbons and candles goes horribly wrong, with heart-wrenching consequences.

Yolanda Renee -  A date with Lucifer can only end in an unexpected outcome…and a hilarious punchline!

Jemi Fraser – A nervous protagonist, a double proposal by candlelight, lasagne and a tea towel make for a terrific surprise ending and a great story to tell the grandkids down the years.

Rebecca M Douglass – Three children go into a cave with unknown dangers for a daring rescue, and one of them must use her powers to lead them back to safety again.

Bernadette Braganza – Global warming and plastic waste wreak havoc on Santa’s homebase and a young man reaches back to a childhood memory for inspiration to create trains from waste.

J Lenni Dorner – A proactive elder takes a somewhat unorthodox route to avoid going into a care home…

Lisa Buie Collard – A young woman visits a church and lights a candle of love and hope.

Kalpana – A budding romance across two different cultures celebrating Christmas in their unique ways.

Without further ado, here is our shortlist which we sent to Nick:
Jemima Pett
Michelle Wallace
Bernadette Braganza

Susan Swiderski

C Lee McKenzie

So (((drum roll)))

THE WINNER OF THE

2018 WEP DECEMBER CHALLENGE RIBBONS and CANDLES

is




Congratulations  Michelle!


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

2018 WEP DECEMBER CHALLENGE RIBBONS and CANDLES
is




Congratulations Jemima!


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

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THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE


2018 WEP DECEMBER CHALLENGE RIBBONS and CANDLES

goes to 




Congratulations Bernadette!


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 on them. This is vital to the success of the WEP community. It's our chance to offer one another support and, when desired, critique that can help us all grow as writers.
There were several who qualified for this award, but alas, we can only give it to one deserving individual. 



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

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! 
WEP/IWSG COMPETITION WINNER WAS OUR VERY OWN TOINETTE THOMAS WITH HER PROMPT, 28 DAYS!
As part of her prize, Toi  featured in the December IWSG newsletter. I hope you caught it!


The winning theme will be the official February WEP theme and accompanied by a stunning badge designed by WEP team member, Olga Godim!





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And don't forget we kick off next FEBRUARY with Toi's 28 Days. Start planning now! Check out ideas from the WEP 2019 Challenges Page in our menu.

Thank you all!
Have the very best holiday season.
And to those who celebrate Christmas,
a Merry Christmas to you and yours!



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Come congratulate our first place winner. #WEPFF Ribbons and Candles Challenge @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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The #WEPFF writers are all winners! @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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When you take the challenge for a spin you too could win! @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2018/12/wepff-winners-post-for-ribbons-and.html #amwriting #flashfiction