Monday 31 January 2022

#WEP 2022 Introduces the Year of Music Challenges with All You Need Is Love - Sign Up Here!



Welcome to the February Challenge! Jemi here. This is the first post in our Year of Music and we can't wait to see the stories these songs  inspire!


Please Note:


This is a most vital part of participation, but it has also proven to be why folks walk away from participation.

Please be courteous with your words!

For the WEP, a critique is:

Constructive feedback or positive reinforcement of the writer while helping reign in problems or giving helpful suggestions.

The point is to be helpful, not hurtful.

The WEP is a place where writers can confidently share their work without fear of harsh words or biting feedback. No matter what the choice is by the author of the type of critique.

Check the Menu Items Under The Critique for more information!


Please remember to include a blurb/tagline with your story! 

Short and sweet. A tagline doesn't have to tell the story. It captures the theme. Go on, give it a try!!!! 

February's Prize:

The February Prize is a 10k critique by Lynda Dietz!!

Lynda is the editor from Easy Reader Editing. 

Lynda provides editing that covers many levels, from line edits & copyedits to partial manuscript evaluations and beta reading. She'll tidy up your blog posts, read through your website content, and check for errors in your query letter or newsletter, too.

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You've got to be in it to win it!



A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall has been described as the ‘most idiosyncratic protest song ever written.’ Bob Dylan, the Nobel Laureate and another 60's icon, wrote, composed and sung it in 1962 when he was only 21. It’s been covered by many artistes including Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and has never really stopped being sung ever since. Dylan has sold  more than 125 million records/albums making him one of the most popular artistes of all time.  

This one is wide open to all kinds of interpretations. Because human suffering – it’s as wide, deep and long as life is, of a trillion takes potential.

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Wednesday 12 January 2022


 Hello everyone! Denise here! 

Ornery Owl (Cie), the winner of the December Challenge Narcissus, won with her:

Cheeky History With Ornery Owl: Sympathy for Narcissus.

Her tagline: Greetings, Class. Fasten your seat belts! Professor Ornery Owl has a history lesson and a proposal for you. 


As our judge, Nick Wilford said: "A bit of everything here. Poetry, a history lesson and great satire. Really fun read."

Today Cie is talking about learning to live with ADHD and so much more. So take it away, Cie!


 I will be 57 years old on February 15 of this year and I am still learning how to work with my unconventional brain. I only realized a few years ago that I have ADHD, a condition that is still misunderstood these days and was certainly misunderstood when I was a child if it was acknowledged at all.

 I’ve heard all my life how I do everything wrong. I’ve heard that I’m lazy, flaky, spacy, selfish. I was branded borderline retarded when I was in the sixth grade because of my difficulty performing a pattern recognition I.Q. test. Through all these things the one thing I believed was that I had a modicum of talent as a writer, but that too came into question when I heard time and again how if I couldn’t write a cohesive novel, I wasn’t a real writer.

 The problem is my mind loves to form subplots. Try as I might, I couldn’t stop it from doing so. Writing was no longer enjoyable when I couldn’t let the subplots fly. I realized that I would either need to stop writing or allow myself to write the way I wanted to, regardless of whether anyone else liked it or not.

 In the introduction to my still-unpublished novel, The Wizard’s Key, I stated that the book could either be read as a novel or as a series of interrelated stories. I recently learned that the term for such a book is a fix-up novel. Thus, I write fix-up novels rather than novels with a laser-focused plot. It’s similar to what the Tenth Doctor said about time. Rather than being linear, it’s more like a bunch of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.

 In David Bowie’s video for the song Lazarus, David is sitting at a desk attempting to write his thoughts on a long scroll of paper. He realizes that he will never be able to get them all written down before it is time for him to depart the world and he finds this distressing. I feel similarly about all the stories in my head and the new ones forming every day. If I lived for a thousand years, I’d probably never get them all written.

 One of the things I started doing this year to become more organized when it comes to creating stories for submission to anthologies or other publications is to create a comprehensive quarterly list. I find publications seeking stories at and arrange them in order of the deadline date. If you’d like to download a copy of my first quarter list it is available in PDF format from this link.

 Keep in mind that I only listed publications that I felt would be a good fit for me. You’ll want to visit yourself.

 For years I felt like I wasn’t a good writer because I couldn't stick to word count guidelines like “you have to write at least 2000 words a day.” I generally average 500-1000 words a day on any story I’m focusing on. One thing I’ve learned is that someone else’s guidelines may not work for me and that’s fine.

 My advice is don’t try to be someone else. I’ve spent a lifetime learning that I can only be who I am and trying to accept myself as a weird rhomboid peg that can never fit into a round hole no matter how hard I try.


Ornery Owl


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Thank you so much for your guest post, Cie. How about you, readers? How do you feel about your writing challenges? It has been said that readers can tell when you are not honest in your writing. Do you consider yourself honest, open, free?

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Our next challenge will be here before we know it! We hope many of you will consider joining us for our February challenge, All You Need is Love! The first of our Year of Music challenges.

Wednesday 5 January 2022

Winners of the #WEP #NARCISSUS Challenge for December 2021


Winners of #WEP December Challenge

"What a phenomenal group of writers WEP has." 

Nick Wilford, WEP judge.

Hello everyone, Jemi here! We would like to thank those of you who took part in the December Challenge NARCISSUS. This was an interesting challenge and produced a wide range of themes and stories! 

Thank you all for writing blurbs/taglines for the stories. Don't worry, if you forgot, we've always got your back.

We'll keep asking for taglines in the next challenges - they're great for practicing pitches for our stories. We thank our co-host, Jemi Fraser, for collating them.

Denise Covey - A Little Reflection Can’t Hurt - Be careful what you wish for; you might just get it

Yolanda Renée - Narcissus - Narcissistic led materialism the new golden idol

Debbie D - Rita - The Portrait of a Narcissist 

Jamie - Hashtag - Fashion becomes pain for a narcissistic social media influencer

J Lenni Dorner - #BeautifulPrincess Parable - A simple story with a lesson about 

valuing youth and beauty above all else

Michael Di Gesu - Narcissus - Beauty is literally in the eye of the beholder...

Jemi Fraser - Little Tommy - Bringing up Tommy, the tale of a narcissist

NR Williams - Narcissist - When one imagines themselves invincible

HIlary - The Wear and Tear of Aging - Wear and tear begone!!

Olga Godim - Narcissus - Even a barber could be a hero!

Shilpa Gupte - Narcissistic Me - One in million

Shannon Lawrence - Beautiful Husk - Some must bear witness, an echo only of the horrors they see

Ornery Owl - Symphony for Narcissus - Greetings, Class. Fasten your seat belts! Professor Ornery Owl has a history lesson and a proposal for you

Roland Clarke - Mirrored Pride - Uplifted by daffodils, two women affirm their love and pledge to fight for human rights.

Kalpana - Narcissus - A poetic interpretation of the name and the myth

Nilanjana Bose - Reflections - Narcissi will grow in the most unexpected of places

Rebecca Douglass - Snow Dragon - Sometimes a dragon is really a dragon

LG Keltner - Adoration - Dorian’s followers have come and he’s ready to take them to the next level

Jemima Pett - The Scent of Narcissus - A dreary winter day holds more than it seems

Bernadette Braganza - A Christmas Fairy Tale - A dialogue between two sisters that turns into an inspiration for one of them


Our wonderful judge Nick Wilford has been a real trooper over the years. This month we did our best to make things easier on Nick by sending him a short list of six. This is not a reflection on the quality of the entries this challenge. There were passionate email exchanges involved as we whittled things down. There were pieces we all loved that did not make the list, so do not despair if you don't see your entry listed here. Maybe next time.


Thank you once again to all of you who continue to comment! Commenting is a major part of WEP's success. The feedback you give your fellow writers helps them improve their craft, and the words of encouragement help to motivate and inspire.


The winner of each challenge gets the opportunity to receive a critique prize if they have a piece of writing ready, whether it be a full manuscript, a short story or an article. They also get the opportunity to write a guest post for WEP on a topic of their own choice. If a winner has no work for critique, please let us know so we can pass the opportunity on to the next on the list. We need you to contact the editor right away, then send your work in under three months at the most. Editors are busy people who need to plan, so please respect their time.

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 Christine Rains -a detailed 10,000 word critique  Thank you, Christine!



Congratulations, Cie, Ornery Owl, for your entry, 

Cheeky History With Ornery Owl: Sympathy for Narcissus

Nick wrote: "A bit of everything here. Poetry, a history lesson and great satire. Really fun read."

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



Congratulations, Hilary, for your entry, 

Narcissus - the Wear and Tear of Ageing 


Nick wrote: "This was fun too. A unique take and as always with Hilary, there's history in there too.."

Hilary, please link the badge to your entry and post it on your blog. Congratulations!



Congratulations, Jamie, for your stunning entry, 

Hashtag Fashion Pain


Nick wrote: "Perfect for our times. I appreciated the black humour. "

Jamie, please link the badge to your entry and post it on your blog.


Nick also commented: "So fun and satire seemed to be the watchwords here, but there was a lot of pathos over many entries too. I didn't see any that I didn't like."

We agree - so many amazing stories and writers!

Read amazing entries from our WEP OCTOBER 2021 NARCISSUS winners @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @LGKeltner @OlgaGodim @jemifraser #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners

#WEPFF NARCISSUS winners announced @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @LGKeltner @OlgaGodim @jemifraser #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners

Come congratulate our DECEMBER winners!. #WEPFF NARCISSUS Challenge @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @OlgaGodim @LGKeltner @jemifraser #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners


We're looking forward to The Year Of Music for 2022!

Wishing all of you peace and love this holiday season and
all of the best that 2022 has to offer!

Join us in February for our first Year of Music challenge!