Monday, 6 January 2020


Hello writers! Laura here!

December brought us a plethora of wonderful entries! Thank you to everyone who took part. We know December is a busy month for many of you, so your time and effort is greatly appreciated. 

Jemi Fraser once again wrote up the blurbs for this month's entries. Thank you so much for doing a fantastic job with them, Jemi!


Denise Covey - On Top Of The Mountain
After a break up, Ciara hikes the Camino de Santiago on a pilgrimage to help her heal

A memoir in photo-essay that will leave you breathless with the beauty of the imagery & the emotions

Cami’s older brother has told her something awful so Cami is out to prove him wrong. And she’s found footprints to prove her case!

A powerful reflection of how our choices and actions define us - right until the end

On the Rendezvous Space Station, a man has lost an invisible animal. Will Dinara be able to help?

Life is full of challenges, and these poems will show you how to deal with some of them

Xavier Xanthum, space explorer, and his AI buddy Larry find a new planet to explore

Needing to clear her head, Jamie finds herself caught in the rapidly rising tide and needing to find a way home

Can dreams foretell the future? Do they impact the present? Read on to find out!

A continuation of a Halloween tale. What will Teresa and her friends find on this next full moon?

Calla, senior biologist on the Pathfinder space vehicle, hopes to find signs of animal life on a new planet

A construction worker looking to overcome a checkered past agrees to work on a mansion where all is not what it seems

An early morning awakening leads to a beautiful adventure filled with footprints and memories 

A musician lives for the music - no matter what that music might cost him in the rest of his life

Skadi makes her return in a mythical tale of power and struggle along with love and balance

When new creatures start crawling out from the bog, people think they’re cute - until they’re not so cute

Snowflake fairies, warm cosy dreams and the wonder of the season

Snapshots of a life well-lived with glimpses into the past and future

Think you know the story behind the carol Good King Wenceslas? Check out this wonderful retelling

Snow has arrived in England and when a woman goes for a walk in the snow she follows unusual footprints

Chander returns to his home in Chicago and tries to cope with a heart-rending loss

A poem reflecting the way we feel when we’ve lost our way and are overwhelmed. Which way to choose?

Kelly and the red wheelbarrow make a reappearance to check out a troubled land

A walk on the beach leads two sisters to a discovery that fills their hearts

A heartfelt poem to a young one who is struggling with the harshness of life


We had a difficult time coming up with a shortlist this month. How could we not with the high quality entries we saw? We went back and forth for a bit to finalize the short list, but we finally came up with one we could all agree on. If you don't see your name on this last, don't feel bad! Competition was fierce, and none of you went unnoticed.

And now for the official shortlist!

Sonia Dogra 

Roland Yeomans 

Cyndi Pride

Sally Stackhouse 

Jemi Fraser 

C. Lee McKenzie 

Once again, we'd like to thank everyone who took part and to congratulate everyone on a job well done! It was also heartening to see so many people commented far and wide. Please keep it up, because in order to make the final shortlist, you must be commenting!




Congratulations, Sonia! Your first time at WEP and you nailed it!

Nick said: 

"A beautiful evocation of loss. This was really touching."

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

In addition to a critique of your first three chapters from J.L. Campbell, you've also won a guest post here at WEP and a short post in the IWSG newsletter. Details will be emailed to you shortly.


Congratulations, Cyndi!

Nick said:

"Heartrending and emotional. Captures so much in just a few words."

Thank you for participating in WEP with your wonderful entry! Please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!


Congratulations, Jemi!

Nick said:

"I loved that there was something so different about this one. Great twist."

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

And now for something a little different. We pay attention to all of you, and your words touch us. We've grown especially familiar with the writing talents of our regular participants. It brings us joy to see all of you strengthen your craft through regular writing and taking feedback into account. That's what WEP is about, after all.

This month, we noted an extraordinary effort from one of our most loyal regulars. All of us commented on how strong his entry was for this month, and how much improvement he's shown in his work. We agreed that was worth remarking upon. So we created another award...


Congratulations, Christopher! Please link the badge to your story and post it to your blog!


Thanks for the excellent commenting, considering it was December, with Christmas fast approaching. Thank you for showing respect and encouragement to all the enthusiastic writers who penned a post for the December challenge! 

The comment count was made difficult by so many using multiple monikers to comment. But our crafty Elephants Child, despite going cross eyed, did her level best to work it all out. There were some blogs which were problematic, so Elephants Child gave a free pass. 

Those who read all, or close to all, by the cutoff date on Friday 20th December -- wow, just look at this list!!

Rebecca Douglass, 
Pat Garcia,
Susan Rouchard, 
Jemi Fraser, 
C Lee McKenzie, 
Sonia Dogra, 
Tanya Miranda,  
Roland Clarke
Yolanda Renee
Christopher Scott
Elephants Child and
the WEP team

The Random selector chose REBECCA DOUGLASS for winner. Congratulations Rebecca, wherever in the world you are currently traveling! Please display the badge on your blog with a link to the WEP website. 

Feel free to check out the WEP 2020 Challenges page for ideas regarding the the next prompt. More details will come with the February 1st post.

Are you excited to see what 2020 has in store? I know I am!

Thank you so much for an amazing December challenge! Here's a little reminder of what's to come in the next year. We know some of you check out the CHALLENGES PAGE and plan for the year ahead.  


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

#WEPFF Footprints winners announced. @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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Come congratulate our  winners. #WEPFF Footprints Challenge @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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The #WEPFF writers had some fantastic entries! @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG
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Give the #WEPFF challenge a try and let your imagination fly! @DeniseCCovey @theIWSG #flashfiction


  1. HUGE congratulations to all. To the winners, to the participants and to the doughty administration team.

    1. Thanks for all you do for us! We're lucky to have you!

    2. You make our life so much better, Sue! Thank you. Happy New Year!

  2. A great way to start off 2020 - the entries were outstanding! Congratulations to all the winners! Looking forward to reading a whole year's worth of wonderful posts.

  3. Happy New Year and a huge congratulations to all winners.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

  4. Thank you so much for this lovely New Year surprise! Grateful to the WEP team, Nick Wilford and all fellow writers. Congratulations to all!💐💐
    Sonia Dogra (A Hundred Quills)

    1. Congratulations! Your entry touched us all.

    2. So glad you joined us in December. It paid off! We were all blown away by your entry!

  5. Well done to the winners and to everyone who participated in a very busy month. Again, many thanks to the team for all the effort they put in to make this challenge run as smoothly as it does. Happy New Year to all.

    1. It was a great month Sally! Thanks for your participation and appreciation. Happy 2020!

  6. Thank you!!!
    Once again, the range of stories and the talent shown in such few words is inspiring! I'm thrilled to be part of such a wonderful group of writers.
    Congrats to the winners & to all the creative minds at work :)

    1. Congratulations Jemi for your enthusiasm and help!

    2. Congratulations and thank you for your participation!

  7. Hi Everyone - really worthwhile winners ... and congratulations to all the commenters - I did get there today, and then went back for the winners. Everyone does such a great job - setting the challenge up, organising things ... setting the titles, and then everyone writing their entries. As Jemi says - creative minds amass here ... cheers and Happy New Years to one and all - Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary! And best wishes to you too!

    2. Happy New Year! Thank you for participating!

  8. Congratulations to all the winners! I appreciate the commenter award--I was pleased to get to everyone for once, and that in spite of travel and holidays! I really enjoyed the stories this month :)

    1. They were great weren’t they! Congratulations on your comments award.

    2. Thank you for commenting! It's greatly appreciated!

  9. I would like to thank the WEP team for honoring me with the Extraordinary Encouragement Award. Along with wishing everyone involved in the contest a Happy New Year.

    1. The extra-ordinary award was well deserved, Christopher. Thank you for your loyalty and constant participation. Happy New Year to you!

    2. You definitely deserved it! Happy New Year!

  10. Congratulations to the winners and to all those who made the Challenge so worthwhile. Your Footprints echo onward.

  11. Somehow I missed this post. I was wonderging who won the December challenge. Congrats to everyone.

    1. Toi we needed to give everyone a break over Christmas. We did announce it in our December 1 post. Now it’s nearly time for the next one!


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