The entries were outstanding as always, and quite varied -- flash fiction ran the spectrum from time travel (Christopher) to a story of loss and renewal (Pat G), then a tale from a cat's POV (Pat H), to the macabre (Dolorah) which was countered by a funny Christmas letter (Liz). Then there was a sci-fi Asimov-inspired tale (D.G) and an environmentally-aware flash from Deborah.
Flash fiction received a challenge from the poets, with poems of healing and hope (Carrie, who made the shortlist), The Walk by Nidhi, and even a colors puzzle within a poem (L.G. Keltner.) Not to forget Desk 49 (Ellis) commented on practically every post in poetic form even though he chose the flash fiction route with his time loop. Go Ellis!
There was non-fiction (Tyrean, an early contender), who shared her personal challenge of rising from the ashes. I'm sure each of you was mightily touched by Tyrean's will to survive. Hilary's interesting short memoir of her life, looking back and to the present made for great reading. An informative craft post was Roland Yeoman's contribution.
Each time we've read through the entries, our winners' choice changed; it wasn't easy to achieve consensus. Those finally chosen were always in the mix.
Kudos to you all for coming out to play so close to Christmas. It was lovely to welcome new writers--Keith, Nidhi, Carrie Ann and Liz. I hope you've enjoyed the experience and will come again!
For the newbies to WEP, with winners it comes down to who strikes the loudest chord with us as readers -- choosing is so subjective! Then it must be edited, with apt paragraphing, grammar and punctuation (as you'd submit to an editor.) An occasional lapse will be overlooked if the story touches us, of course. We also take into account the collegiality of the participants. Reading and commenting on each other's posts is crucial to the success of WEP and we spell it out on the Submit list. We're delighted that many of you took the time to do just that and disappointed that some didn't read any, not even the hosts', who read entries many times and use comments to ascertain people's choices.
There is a DL after each name, so you can come back at any time and read or reread for yourself. I hope you'll at least go read the winners' entries if you haven't already.
I take my party hat off to thank my wonderful team members -- Yolanda, Olga and Nila, who always write quality entries, but cannot be in the running for a prize. Ladies, thank you for your help in 2017 and into 2018 with its gorgeous challenges!
So, without further procrastination, I announce...
THE WINNER OF THE
2017 WEP DECEMBER CHALLENGE
THE END IS THE BEGINNING
We loved Adura's take on the Cinderella story where the Prince is a Princess and "I Kiss Frogs No more" a powerful statement. A timely tale!
Please, accept the winner’s badge and display on your blog with a link to your poem.
An Amazon Gift Card of $10 will be winging your way shortly.
THE RUNNER UP OF THE
2017 WEP DECEMBER CHALLENGE
"All the world's a stage" was the apt title for Keith's flash which was a clever interweaving of drama and real life.
Please accept the Runner Up Badge
And display on your blog with a link to
"All the World's a Stage."
THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE
2017 WEP DECEMBER CHALLENGE GOES TO
Congratulations, SALLY. Please accept the badge and display it on your blog with a link to your story.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS
Thanks, everyone, for joining us in DECEMBER. We appreciate each and every one of you. Can't wait for the first challenge of 2018!
We know it's Valentine's month, but treat this challenge any way you wish.
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Happy New Year and may we enjoy your company every two months in 2018!
From Denise, Yolanda, Olga and Nilanjana!
See you soon!!