Wednesday 31 October 2018

#WEPFF WINNERS' POST for DÉJÀ VU OR VOODOO the October Halloween Challenge. Announcing the IWSG February Prompt Competition!

Hello everyone!

We're a little late but it's still Halloween! Even a well oiled machine has a few gremlins around the haunting season! But here goes:

I’m thrilled to announce the winners for the WEP/IWSG collaboration for the DÉJÀ VU OR VOODOO October Halloween Challenge.

Before the unveiling though, I want to take a few moments to say Thank You! As you know, this was my last challenge in an administrative capacity. I am off on a new and exciting personal challenge, but I wanted to let you all know how much the WEP has meant to me.

Denise and the Friday Romance Writer’s taught me so much about writing, helped me to hone my skills, and gave me a real love for flash fiction. Then I was blown away when Denise asked me to help co-host her new WEP – Write…Edit…Publish challenges. I will be forever grateful to her for inviting me.

I jumped at the opportunity, and I know I’ll miss it. Especially as it continues to transform and reshape to fit the current needs of the community, but always offering novice and skilled writers an opportunity to share and learn. How many of you have said ‘I’ve never written flash fiction, but now I’m hooked?’ It’s an unparalleled opportunity, and I’m sure many of you are as surprised as I am with the writing that’s been inspired by its creative prompts.

What better way to get the writing chops for submitting to magazines and other writing contests! I hope you’ll continue to take advantage of this unique writing community to expand your skills and your imagination! I know I will!

Thank you, everyone, for making that possible!

Okay, I’ll move onto the crux of the post - the winners!


DÉJÀ VU OR VOODOO was proved an exciting opportunity for many to explore their horror chops, and for others to explore the feelings of deep emotional angst, haunting grief, or a Halloween response to adultery ending in murder. Some entries produced chills, some had a touch of humor, and others touched the heart with understanding and empathy. Here’s a tease for each…

Desk 49 - DL Is it true love or a voodoo spell?

Roland Yeomans - DL  Hell means saying goodbye to the love of your life.

Sally - DL  When no one understands your needs, not even you.

DG Hudson - DL  Can that which is lost in space really be found?

Kalpana - DL  Do our devices have too much influence?

Jemima Pett - DL  When dreams become a reality.

Pat Hatt - DL  When visions of missed opportunities happen, check the sent file!

Orlin - DL  It’s Rhyme Time for cats testing out their voodoo.

Toi Thomas- DL  Children should not be allowed to play with dolls, not on Halloween.

Tanya Miranda - DL Sometimes that imaginary friend isn’t as imaginary as you think.

Dixie Jo Jarchow - DL  Chickens or no chickens, beware what you wish for.

Roland Clarke - DL  Standing runes, urban legends, and the lady in white.

Hilary - DL  Memoires of fun and the stories that still need to be told.

Operation Awesome - DL The many views on Voodoo and writing.

Michelle Wallace - DL Was it the prayers that saved them or something darker?

Deborah Drucker - DL  Can a stolen child be saved?

Jamie Lightcap Dorner - DL  Voodoo instead of divorce court…

The Real Cie - DL  When body shaming be sure you know your victims connections.

Alex J. Cavanaugh - DL  A likeness in safe hands.

J Lenni Dorner - DL  Observation without interference and a tree.

Rebecca M. Douglass - DL  Expectations and mannequins.

Christopher Scott - DL  Electricity brings about a resurrection.

Adura Ojo - DL  “The body does what the body does.”

Joey Lynn Resciniti - DL  A real incident of déjà vu.

Susan Swiderski - DL  This ghost loves to travel.

dolorah - DL  Loki is up to his old tricks, but it adds excitement to the wedding.

Jemi Fraser - DL  A murderer finds flaws in his work.

Damyanti - DL When grief blackens the soul.

Michael Di Gesu - DL  An adventure to an Haitian Voodoo ritual.

Robert Jones - DL  A widow looking for her next victim.

After extensive reading, the team compiled a shortlist, or rather a long list. This was soooo difficult. There were another 7 writers on the list, but we cut it down to those with the most recommendations. Thus we bring you: 


The shortlist was outsourced to writer and editor, Nick Wilford, who is part of the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) admin. Nick kindly read each entry on the shortlist,  and chose 3 winners. 

So (((drum roll))) we go...




Congratulations Kalpanaa!

 Why Leap

Is a that tale gave us all pause to considering the ramifications of the internet and our habits there. As Roland said, it was fiendishly clever!

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.




Congratulations Jemi!

Deja Vu

Your story was chillingly brilliant!

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




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Congratulations Susan!

This haunting tale of love and loss gave us insight into your wicked sense of humor and showcased your writing talent!

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


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.

I'd like to take the time to acknowledge Elephant's Child for reading through and commenting on every entry. While she did not submit a story this time around, she still supported this writing community of ours with her thoughtful responses. We value that kind of dedication.

There were several who qualified for this award, but alas, we can only give it to one deserving individual.

The random pick winner is--Michelle Wallace! Michelle, please accept the badge on behalf of all the great commenters and display it on your blog!




WEP and IWSG are holding a contest for the February WEP theme!

Rules: Submit your idea for a WEP February theme by November 12 to Nothing U.S. culturally bound. Should have wide appeal.

Prize: Feature in the December newsletter for the winner. And, of course, the winning theme will be the official February WEP theme and accompanied by a stunning badge!

Deadline: November 12. Winner announced in the November newsletter on November 28.

And don't forget to start to prepare for the DECEMBER challenge! It's much broader than a Christmas story! Give us ribbons - a race? Or candles - a tomb?

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

#WEPFF Déjà Vu or Voodoo Winners announced. @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @theIWSG

Come congratulate, first place winner  Kalpanaa #WEPFF Déjà Vu Or Voodoo Challenge @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @theIWSG

The #WEPFF writers are all winners! @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @theIWSG
When you take the challenge for a spin you too could win! @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @theIWSG

Saying a final farewell the fifth pumpkin in the bunch! 



  1. HUGE congratulations to the winners - and to the administrators. And to Nick. Selecting winners from the amazing entries would have been completely beyond me.
    And a sad farewell to Yolanda. You will be missed (though I am confident we will still see you here)

  2. Thanks so much for the encouragement award. I feel, um... very encouraged. :) Participating in the challenge was a lot of fun. There is sooooo much talent in this group. It was an honor to be a part of it.

  3. Congratulations to all the winners. This was such a fun challenge. Looking forward to the next one.

  4. Congrats to all the winners.

  5. Wow! Thanks so much!!! Congrats all the way around
    Loved all the stories - this was a fun challenge! :)

  6. Congratulations to Kalpana, Jemi and Susan - brilliantly done ... I now must come back and read again ... and remember your stories ... thanks for all the hard work adjudicators and Nick the judge ... and bless you Renee- for all your work over the years ... as too the main instigators ... you help us all make our work better - cheers Hilary

  7. I congratulate all the winners and all on the shortlist and all the others who were considered. Your writing inspired us and even Nick said all were excellent and he found it hard to choose.

    I hope some of you will be inspired to enter the IWSG/WEP prompt competition! We get to judge the best entries!

    And I can't thank Yolanda enough for being my co-host for years and I wish her all the best as she finds more time to write and market and take the publishing industry by storm!

    I'm already thinking about Ribbons and Candles...hmmmm....

    1. And forgot to say: Congratulations Michelle, for winning Best Commenter. No fun if no one reads us, is it?

    2. I had a blast reading all the entries!
      Thank you, Denise!

  8. Great to see the winners on this round! Congratulations to you all and to those who do so much to make this such a successful writing experience for everyone--writers and readers as well.

    Hasta la vista, Yolanda. Can't bring myself to say Adios. Take care and hope to stay in touch.

  9. Congrats to Kalpana, Jemi, Susan, and Michelle. I KNOW this was a tough decision because I had the pleasure of reading through all the entries. I'd also like to give a HUGE thanks to the Ladies and Nick of the WEP for giving us all an opportunity to showcase our writing and to read other amazing writers!

  10. ALL the best to you, Renee on your new adventures. May they bring you every happiness!

  11. Congrats to the winners Kalpana, Jemi, Susan and Michelle! Best wishes to Yolanda, and hope to see your writing here again when you can fit it in. Thanks to the hosting ladies, Denise, Nila, Olga and L.G. and Nick for their support as well. See you next time.

    1. Thanks DG for your support. It is hard work but worth it.

  12. Congratulations! - to the winners - Kalpanaa, Jemi, Susan and Michelle. The entries were beyond spectacular this challenge. The very best to you, Renee for the new adventures.

    See you all in December for Ribbons & Candles!

  13. Congratulations to Kalpana, Jemi, Susan and Michelle, well done to everybody who contributed, great stories from everybody. Huge thanks to all the team on all your hard work behind the scenes, it is much appreciated.

    1. Thanks again for your touching story Sally. So poignantly beautiful.

  14. Congrats to the winners.

    It's hard to step down from something you love, but sometimes you have to.

  15. Congrats Winners! Goodbye and good luck Yolanda.

  16. Congratulations Kalpana,Jemi,and Susan. It was great reading everyone's stories. Much good luck to Renee,will miss you on WEP.

  17. Replies
    1. There were just so many great ones this time. Maybe we're all getting more competitive and pushing ourselves. Your entry was awesome as always.

  18. Congrats to the winners!
    Thank you so much for the Comment Champion Award... and well done to all participants who visited and commented on the stories.
    Good luck, Yolanda... and take care!

    1. Thanks for your great entry and your reading support Michelle!

  19. Congrats to the winners. Wishing you all the best, Yolanda.

  20. Replies
    1. Thanks for joining us Jamie. You were on the long short list with your wonderful story! I hope we see you again!

  21. Congrats WINNERS. I agree they were all winners so don't envy you guys who had to choose. Excellent hop. I loved the theme but needed more thinking time. I hope one day to play too. I know you post ahead of time about but learned that in the hop before this one because I had not really looked into it. Sorry I didn't too.

    Great job WEB admins. You guys are awesome and what a wonderful website you have created. Impressive!.

    Again, Congratulations winners they were awesome stories.

    1. Juneta, thanks for your kind words. I really urge you to join us. It's so much fun and we learn so much by writing mostly flash fiction. Once you get the idea, the creativity follows! Looking forward to seeing your name on the list!

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