Saturday 31 December 2016

#WEP winners - UTOPIAN DREAMS and 2017 Challenges!

Hello Everyone! Sorry for being late with the WEP round up, but let me use Christmas celebrations as an excuse. My goal was to get this post up before the New Year. As I type this, it's New Year's Eve. Only 7 hours to go...

So, here I am with the wrap up for 2016 and after consultation with Yolanda, the winners' announcement.

Thanks to all who participated during the 2016 December UTOPIAN DREAMS WEP challenge. 

And once again, we thank Olga Godim for her excellent badge for the challenge and the creativity she has shown in making the winners' badges!

The entries were wonderful and varied. This time, poetry gave flash fiction a run for its money. It was inspiring to see so many of you putting your words into verse form which contained a very powerful message. Obviously we loved writing about the idea of Utopian Dreams. There were many subliminal and explicit messages on the current state of our troubled world. I enjoyed reading more than once and I enjoyed reading the comments, too. Desk49 managed to comment in poetic form on most entries. That takes talent.

If you haven't read all the entries, and would like to, please use the DL links on the previous post.

We value each and every entry submitted to WEP, but there is the excruciating choice of choosing just one winner amongst the many of winning quality. It's always hard as you're all winners to Yolanda and myself. Nevertheless, decisions have to be made, and after much emailing between the judges, we have chosen:


Pat Garcia

for her flash fiction, The Woman and her Dream, one woman's terrible awakening.If you haven't read it already, pop by the link in Pat's name above.

Congratulations Pat!

Pat, please accept the winner's badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. gift card design

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

2016 WEP – December UTOPIAN DREAMS

with her extract from her memoir, which she entitled Silent Night. Her story of her childhood Christmas was interspersed with verses from the much-loved Christmas carol.

Congratulations Far Away Eyes!

Please accept the Runner Up badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. 

with her wonderful poem The Don, where the rhythm of gunshots added drama to the piece where The Don is no one man or woman, But the Utopian ideal.  

Congratulations, Sheena-kay. Please accept the badge and display it on your blog with a link to your story!


Those who made the short list were:
Christopher Scott
Guilie Castillo
Roland Yeomans
LuAnn Bradley
Nancy Williams

so, you see our dilemma... 

Thanks everyone, for an exciting December at WEP!
If you didn't get a direct mention, just remember, you're all winners in our eyes!

Thank you for taking on the challenge and delighting us with your creativity! 
And special thanks to Nilanjana Bose and Olga Godim for their stellar assistance with this challenge!

Thank you to all who have participated in WEP challenges during the year. It'd be nothing without each of you.

Here is the list for 2017 Challenges. Of course, there may be slight changes...

February - Back of the Drawer
June - Bridges
August - Reunions
October - Dark Places
December - The End is the Beginning

 Meanwhile, keep writing, drawing, painting and taking those photographs!

Help the Winners Celebrate!
We'd love if you'd Tweet one of these:

The #WEPFF UTOPIAN DREAMS December Challenge winners announced. @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee

Celebrate with Pat Garcia first place in the #WEPFF UTOPIAN DREAMS December Challenge @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee

The #WEPFF entries at times had us horrified and at other's joy filled! @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee

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Happy New Year!!

From Denise, Yolanda, Olga and Nilanjana! 

See you in 2017!!


  1. A big congrats to Pat, FAE and Sheena-kay! Such a memorable end to the 2016 challenges, the entries were truly marvellous!

    A very happy 2017 to all WEP-ers, wishing you good health, happiness and writing inspiration in plenty.

  2. Thank you so much! My little poem got an award. So glad I took part and proud to among so much talent. Definitely coming back in 2017 and congrats to all who took part and a special thank you to both the hosts and readers for this challenge. Happy 2017 (Eve)!

  3. Congrats to the winners: Pat, FAE and Sheena-kay!! Variety is the key to the attraction of this challenge. That is, the variety of interpretations and the variety of the prompts. Thanks, Denise and Yolanda, and Nila and Olga for all the work you ladies do to keep WEP going. And may it go long and prosper. . .

  4. Congratulations! As Nila says, a great way to end the 2016 season of WEP.

    Happy New Year all, Happy Writing in 2017!

  5. Huge congratulations to all the winners. And all the participants.

  6. Pat Garcia was the first to comment, but in her excitement she posted her comment on the previous WEP post. I thought I'd take the liberty and post it here:

    Thank you so much, Denise and Yolanda. You have made my day!
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

    Thank you everyone for a great challenge. Happy 2017! I'm already thinking about February's Back of the Drawer...

    Denise :-)

  7. Congratulations to the winners! I look forward to participating in next year's challenges!

  8. Holy carp! I m so astonished, excited, and completely flabbergasted to be honored in such good company. Thank you so much. This is so encouraging, as I'm always reluctant to share my memoir pieces. This is such a personal excursion for me, I'm amazed that others find it interesting.

    I truly appreciate al the time an hard work that goes into putting the WEP Challenge together. I'm a relatively new participant, but hope to make it a regular addition to my blog. I';s good to be in the company of so many accomplished writers and learn from them. Thanks again for your support and this recognition,

    1. Please excuse my numerous typos. I received a new iPad Pro with keyboard for Christmas and am having too much fun learning to use it. Unfortunately, his tiny keyboard and my uncooperative fingers are not such a good match. I must learn to proofread more carefully in the future. Honestly, I do know how to type.

    2. We are thrilled for you! So glad to have your participation! Congratulations on the win and the Christmas present! :)

  9. I wave my hands
    My hats off to
    In poetic form
    I guess I do

    A little of this
    A little of that
    To all the winners
    A super con-grat

  10. Hello,
    Just want to say my eyes are still getting watery every time I think about my last day in the year of 2016.
    Many, many thanks to you, Yolanda, Olga and Nilanjana Bose for all the work you did for all of us and especially for making my Dec 31, 2016 a day, I'll never forget.

    I look forward to the WEP 2017 Challenges and have posted it on all my blogs.
    Shalom aleichem,

    1. Pat, I don't think a winner has ever been so touched by the experience. Thanks. It made our day, too. And thanks for promoting us on your blog. So looking forward to WEP in 2017!!

  11. Big congrats to all the winners. The 2017 ones look fun. What? Can't do it during the a to z? Bah, that isn't too hard. (says the guy who has had a to z done since summer lol)

  12. I keep forgetting there are prizes. Thanks for reminding me, and here's my biggest congrats to Pat who's one amazing writer! Hats off to Faraway Eyes and Sheena-Kay as well as all those you've mentioned.

  13. Awesome! Congratulations to all winners, and thank you, WEP judges, for including my offering in the short list—I'm beyond honored. There were so, so many great pieces in this challenge... I truly do not envy you your job :) Looking forward to participating in more WEP challenges this year—and happy 2017 to all!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

  14. Congratulations to all the winners. There really were a lot of great post out there.

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  16. Congratulations to all the winners.
    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Stay safe and take care of yourself.

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