Sunday 27 June 2021

Winners of the #WEP #GREATWAVE Challenge JUNE 2021

Hi everyone! Thank you for participating in the WEP June challenge GREAT WAVE. The entries were even more stunning than usual and this is reflected in the number of winners! 

We're always impressed by the talent and creativity in this community. Choosing the winners was no easy task as we had a shortlist of over a dozen to whittle down for our judge Nick Wilford to place in a semblance of order. 

In the spirit of keeping it lite, there will be no blurbs again this month. If you still haven't read the entries (and we really think you should!), follow this link to GREAT WAVE!

Choosing a shortlist is always tricky. After a lot of thought and debate, we chose the following short list and sent it on to our judge, Nick Wilford. The competition was fierce and the entries diverse. Here is the list we sent Nick.

Jemima Pett
Jemi Fraser
Pat Garcia
Steph Wolmarans
Dixie Jo Jarchow
Carole Stolz
Sally Stackhouse
Rebecca Douglass

All of the above contributed stellar entries, but alas, we have to choose!

Earlier lists also had Michael di Gesu (welcome back Michael!), Roland R. Clarke and C.J. Austin.

There were many newbies this challenge. We welcomed Pennie Nichols, Jackie Begue, C. J. Austin, Lenny Lee and Charlotte (Mother Owl) - I hope I'm not getting my Owls mixed up? The quality was so outstanding, we award not one, not two, but three BRILLIANT DEBUT badges crafted by our very artistic team member, Olga Godim, for these talented ladies. 

Who can forget this artistic rendering of The Wave in cold wax and oil? Beautiful.

Thank you Jackie. Please post your BRILLIANT DEBUT badge on your blog with an explanation/link to your story. Even though WEP encourages artworks accompanied by an essay, we do not receive many entries along these lines, which is why Jackie's entry was so unique and eye-catching.

Another brilliant first entry to WEP. Under the Wave explored the history of the original painting, Great Wave, especially in regards to Japanese wood block prints. Anne, we at WEP hope you'll display your BRILLIANT DEBUT badge with pride.

Pennie's entry was surely a BRILLIANT DEBUT. It created much discussion amongst the WEP team members. How could we not be profoundly moved by the Great Wave Metaphor - an emotional rendering of the effects of alzheimers on loved ones? Our resident poet, Nilanjana Bose, gave it two thumbs up!

Pennie, please proudly display your badge on your blog with a link, so many others can share in your heartfelt words.

Many thanks to the Ornery Owl who added WEP entries to her reader's list. If you haven't popped by, do, and follow some of the links. Please follow Ornery. HERE is the link. She has written short blurbs for each entry!

Thank you to all who commented. Respectful, constructive, and thoughtful comments are vital to the success of WEP.  I remind writers to state the level of critique you desire. And readers, keep your comments to the point and never be disrespectful. 

The winner of each challenge gets the opportunity to receive a critique prize. They also get the opportunity to write a guest post for WEP. Our sidebar proudly displays everyone who is offering critique prizes for 2021. You are welcome to contact any of the editors with a request for work. 

This month's critique prize is brought to us by the wonderful C Lee McKenzie. She's generously offering a first chapter critique to the winner. Thank you, Lee!



Congratulations, Steph, for your entry, Storm of the Water Dragon.

Nick wrote: "Very imaginative and otherwordly. Impressive worldbuilding in this short piece."

Steph, please post your badge on your blog and link the badge to your winning entry. Enjoy the critique prize or pass it on to the runner up if you have no body of work ready. We eagerly await your Guest Post on a topic of your choice!



Congratulations, Kalpana, for your entry, The Great Wave

Nick wrote: "Nice and lighthearted tone, riding the waves equated to going out on a limb in a relationship."
Kalpana, please link the badge to your entry and post it on your blog. Congratulations!



Congratulations, Jemi, for your stunning entry, 
Red or Green?

Nick wrote: "A bit of light relief and nice adrenaline shot. A fun slice of action."

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


Choosing winners in a writing competition is so subjective. What draws us to some stories more than others? Personal choice. This month, 4 of the team members were completely blown away by a different story to those Nick chose and we couldn't see this writer overlooked. We don't do this very often, so, Pat Garcia, we have awarded you a Team's Choice badge.

Pat, congratulations! We thought aligning Noah's Ark and the Great Wave was inspired. We loved The Flood No One Thought Would Come. Please display your badge on your blog with a link to your story. 


Stay safe and keep writing, everyone! 

Please join us for the AUGUST challenge, which is just around the corner. That challenge brings us...FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Hope to see you there! Baffled about what to write? Check the CHALLENGES 2021 page.

This prompt has rich possibilities. Particularly topical as authorities have veered towards authoritarianism and people across the world have exploded in unrest.


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  1. Thank you!!!
    And congrats to the winners and everyone!
    It was a great collection of stories (again!) this month. I thoroughly enjoyed having the new voices in the group and hope we see this terrific authors again and again.

  2. I applaud all the participants this round. What wonderful entries! You should be so proud. I congratulate the winners, Steph, Kalpana and Jemi, and our Team Choice, Pat Garcia. Our Brilliant Debuts thrilled us and we hope we'll see more of you. Once again, thanks everyone!

  3. I am finishing sharing the last 14 links. I've done all but the last 7. Terribly sorry to be tardy to the party. I had a bit of a mental crisis but am back to abnormal now.

    The last 14 will be shared on this post.

    I'm a bit disappointed in my own entry. It wasn't as good as I thought it was when I published it.

  4. Congratulations to the winners and everyone, especially all the newbies who joined the challenge. I didn't manage to read all the entries yet, but I will. Really enjoyed this one.

  5. Congratulations to all the winners and all those shortlisted! The quality this round was magnificent, simply off the charts. Each challenge I think - the writers can't get any more perfect and then they prove me happily wrong in the subsequent one in one effortless sweep. Love that!

  6. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who participated! This was a truly stellar challenge!

  7. Congratulations to all the winners. Fabulous entries made picking a winner near impossible, so glad Nick is on board!

  8. I've finished sharing the last of the entries here.
    I commented on everyone's blog except for Pennie Nichols and Jackie Begue. I tried to comment, but my comment disappeared.
    I guess at least I now understand why people are calling me Charlotte. Please don't insult poor Charlotte that way. I'm not Charlotte, I'm Cie. Charlotte is the nice owl. I'm the icky, ornery one who writes bad stories that nobody enjoys much.

    1. Okay Cie, I'm pleased you sorted us on which Owl is which. For us mere mortals it was confusing to see two Owls flying in. Your stories are far from bad and we enjoy them very much. We are proud of our writers here at WEP. Always look forward to your entry.

      And thanks so much for you generosity in including WEP entries in your Reader's Roost. You're definitely a Good Owl.

    2. Thank you Cie for the disentangling of wings and feathers. I only want to add that I'm not always nice. I can be - and often are - a grumpy, old owl.
      Charlotte (MotherOwl)
      GRATZ! to all winners.
      I'm happy to have dared enter this community.
      PS. have you seen that Jumpei Mitsui has built the Great Wave off Kanagawa in LEGO bricks! He shoult receive honorable mentions from WEP.

  9. Hi All...

    Definitely some AMAZING entries! Denise, I love the new category for the "newbies." It is scary posting for the first time in these contests. Congrats to the WINNERS!!!!!! I certainly didn't envy Nick choosing. Thanks for the mention, and it was a great feeling to submit to the WEP once more. Until next time...

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  11. Congratulations to everyone who won and who participated. You rock!

  12. Many, many thanks everyone! Congrats to all the writers! I do love seeing the many interpretations and creations that come from a single image. Well done, everyone!

  13. I loved all of those and more... it must be so hard to choose the winners! Well done everyone -- and thanks for the mention :)

  14. Congratulations to the winners and to the new awarded entrants - I will be round to congratulate them ... I agree it must be so difficult to choose a winner ... but thank you to the administrators for giving us feedback. Cheers Hilary

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