Sunday 8 November 2020


Hello everyone! Thank you for participating in the WEP October challenge GRAVE MISTAKE. You didn't disappoint. The entries were wonderful - some scary, some fun, all creative! 

If you remember, Olga reported during the challenge that she was sick and couldn't comment on entries. We are sad to report her illness is unfortunately ongoing. She hasn't yet received a diagnosis, but it all started with a bad case of pneumonia. We are all keeping her in our prayers. 

Stay strong, Olga, you've got this!

Also, after careful consideration over these last few months and because most of the WEP staff is dealing with continuing health issues, grief, and the awful stress of Covid and the toxic political atmosphere here in the U.S. ... we are canceling the December challenge. We apologize to anyone who already has their entry ready. We'll unmask UNMASKED another day, so don't despair. But we felt a longer break was needed for the team's mental health and to give everyone a Christmas break and a fresh start in 2021. 

We promise we will return for February 1's post. If anyone feels they'd like to add their energy to the team in some way, small or large, please email Denise on and we'll consider your application.  

Please keep your eyes on this site where we'll reveal our challenges for 2021. Most probably on December 1. An exciting new 2021 is coming!

Since we're still keeping things lite, there will be no blurbs again this month. But if you still haven't read the entries, just follow this Link to GRAVE MISTAKE!

It's never easy to decide on a shortlist, and this challenge was no exception. After much debate, here is the final shortlist we sent off to our judge, Nick Wilford. We've added a link for you to check them out if you didn't get to read them.

J Lenni Dorner Time Travel

 Naughty Netherworld Press-Friends from the End

 Christopher Scott- The Price of Home and Humanity

 Rebecca Douglass- The Slab

 Toi Thomas- Home Wasn’t Safe For Us 

 Carole Stolz - So Bury It 

Donna Hole Book Lover-Grave Mistake

Donna Hanton Grave Mistake

 Bernadette Braganzo  Grave Mistake

We would like to thank all of you who have made the effort to comment on all/most of the entries. That is such a crucial part of making WEP work. Though we didn't count them this time around again, we still notice and appreciate your thoughtful responses to each entry.

As you all know, the winner of each challenge receives a critique prize along with the opportunity to Guest Post here at WEP This month, Yolanda Renée, yours truly, is offering to give: 

- feedback, or a content edit on your short story, flash fiction, 


-she’ll beta read your latest WIP and give a written critique.



Congratulations, Rebecca Douglass 

Nick wrote: "Great fun. A nice touch of light humor to offset some of the heavier entries.

 Rebecca, please link the badge to your poem, The Slab, and post it on your blog. You've also won this month's fabulous critique prize! If you can't avail yourself of the prize, please email Yolanda so we can offer it to the next on the list.

Congratulations again on your fun and humor filled entry!



Congratulations, Toi Thomas for Home Wasn’t Safe For Us

Nick wrote: "Heartbreaking and a stark reflection of the times. A wake-up call."

Toi, please link the badge to your story, Home Wasn’t Safe For Us, and post it on your blog.


Congratulations Donna Hanton for Grave Mistake

Nick wrote:  "Very exciting and tense. A breath of fresh air!"

Donna, please link the badge to your story,  Grave Mistake, and post it on your blog.

We also have a special award this month. This is an award the WEP team hands out when we feel the need to acknowledge an admin member for outstanding contribution to the WEP and this time for also submitting consistent stories that just amaze.


For your outstanding artwork on all our badges, and for consistent excellence in storytelling, please accept our gratitude and this virtual bouquet.

And here is a badge, Olga, made from your intricate artwork to celebrate your mastery of your fantasy serial.

Readers if you missed Olga's posting, here are links to her imaginative and continuing serialized story of a paper mage.

Stay safe and well everyone, and here's to a super creative October!

If you're wondering how we got our badges this month, Olga sent what was needed to Denise, and her husband Geo put it all together. I think he's done a super job! Thanks Geo!

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  1. My heart goes out to Olga and I wish her nothing but the very best. Thank you for recognising all the incredible work she has contributed over the years.
    HUGE congratulations (as always) to the winners, the contributors and many thanks to the team.
    Here's to a wonderful 2021 - for us all.

    1. Thanks Sue, and thanks for all your help with the WEP team when we called on you. Please take care of yourself! And a wonderful 2021 to you too!

  2. Congrats to the winners. And thank you, my WEP team friends, for the special badge and your continuous good wishes. It's nice to have you in my corner. :))

    1. Thinking of you and wishing you good health. Hugs.

    2. Yes Olga - I too hope you feel easier soon ... all the very best;
      Congratulations on your well-deserved award ... brilliant artwork and stories you give us - as well as all the support to us all. With thoughts - Hilary

    3. Thinking of you, Olga - get well soon :)

    4. Olga, you know you're in my thoughts and prayers for a full recovery. Much love coming your way from the WEP team and members.

    5. Thank you for everything you do, and get well soon!

    6. You are a stalwart of the WEP team. Thanks for all you do, Olga - get better soon. Blessings and prayers.

  3. Congratulations to all winners! The entries for this challenge ran the entire gamut of genres and tones, superb creativity and so diverse! Just amazing.

    1. I second that, Nila. We have a talented pool of writers to nurture. I don't want to lose this. It's precious.

  4. Congratulations to the Rebecca - well done. It's such a difficult time for all of us. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Olga. I hope we all have time to recharge our minds and keep healthy over the next few very trying months. Massive thanks to all the team for keeping us going this far. Thinking of all my good friends I've met in WEP.

    1. You've definitely been a good friend to WEP, Sally. Your words are treasured, as are your entries. Your October entry was so good, but we have to somehow keep that shortlist shorter than we'd like.

  5. Hi Denise and all organisers ... I do hope Olga will fully recover soon - thinking of you. Take care everyone ... and congratulations to all the winners ... I quite understand re deferring December's Unmasked WEP post ... all the best - Hilary

    1. Thanks for your kind words and your ongoing support Hilary. All the best to you, too!

  6. Congrats to Rebecca, Toi, und Donna for winning. I wish all three of you continued success in your writing careers.

    To Olga- I won't say get well soon, because that always indicate for me a long weary process and in my heart I want you not to linger in sickness but to spring up from your bed and be renewed instantly. So I'll say you are in my prayers, and I pray that your sickness passes by quickly.

    To the WEP Team- thanks for your featuring the WEP through the many storms in your personal lives as well as the external storms that are happening all around us.

    I so agree with cancelling December. It is time to step back and think things over and look at your needs as well as the changes you will have to make. For me personally, it is a welcomed relief due to all the things going on in my own world and my need to think about the changes and the demands they will take on me.

    Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate the U.S. Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and a safe cross over into 2021. I hope to see you in 2021 but to be honest, I don't know right now.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

    1. Thanks for your heartfelt words, Pat. You're a gem for sure. The WEP team is a bit broken atm, but we've risen before. We have every intention of picking up the writing gauntlet in 2021. Come by on December 1 when our challenges are revealed. We're so excited at the direction we're taking and certainly hope you'll be along for the ride. WEP wouldn't be WEP without you.

      Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! You, too, have a safe cross over to 2021.

      Peace and love,

  7. Cogfrats to all the winners and commiserations to everyone who wasn't short listed - I thought your stories were ace, too. I don't know how they mange to shortlist!
    I might retitle my 'Unmasked' offering as 'Masked ' would also be apporpripriate, and then do a follow up idea I've had for 'Unmasked' next year.

    Have a good break, you lovely admin team, and have a good holiday season.

  8. D'oh, changed confrats to cogfrats. My eyesight is really playing up - the op is set for mid December :)

    1. Thanks for your good wishes, Jemima. All the best for your eye op. You going to be unmasked?

      It's no fun collating a short list for sure. Everyone who writes for WEP is a winner in my eyes!

  9. I’m so honored to be selected the winner for my goofy little story! I think maybe I’m not the only one who felt the need of some levity at this time. Congratulations to my fellow winners, as well!

    Olga, hope that the illness passes quickly and without side effects, and thank you and all our leaders for your hard work!

    1. Nick felt the levity was in order and hit the spot with him ... and the team, obviously. Congratulations again!

  10. Congrats to Rebecca - such a fun story!! Congrats to everyone else as well.
    Best wishes to Olga - take good care of you.
    2020 has been a year! Wishing everyone on the admin team a well-deserved break and sending hugs to everyone. See you in the new year!

    1. '2020 has been a year' all right. Let's hope 2021 is far less 'exciting'. Congratulations on getting your books out there Jemi.

      Yes, the team will thrive by taking some time off to reflect and to come back stronger next year. See you then! Although I'm sure I'll see you around the ridges before that!

  11. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated! There were so many wonderful entries!

  12. Congratulations to Rebecca for her winning and light relief story. Gratz to Toi, Donna, and best wishes to everyone especially Olga. I've not read many of the entries, nor have I been active in any way. Depression, MS symptoms, and other excuses. Sparkle was struggling to return in December, but her case will be solved. However, my NaNoWriMo distraction was a non-starter - beyond the opening scene.

  13. I missed out in October, much that I didn't want to. Congratulations to the winners. Will be heading over to read the entries. Hope 2021 is better for everyone and we can all get back to WEP rejuvenated after a long rest.
    Sonia from


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