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Tuesday 31 October 2023

#WEP WINNERS - OCTOBER CHALLENGE - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

 Hi! This is Renee & Denise for the team, to sum up the October Challenge and to announce the winners!



Thanks for joining us this Halloween month of October and for taking on the story of the Phantom. Amazing work all - the information regarding the story by Gordon Leroux, was most enlightening, stories just perfect for a campfire setting, or poetry for lovers of the art. I think one of my favorite aspects of the WEP is the different takes on the prompt! Again, thank you for your participation, it was wonderful seeing new entrants and returning entrants! As always the choice for the top was tough! 

Here is a synopsis of all the entries via the tagline the author provided.

Denise Covey - The Ghost of Opéra Garnier - Love will find a way despite exceptional circumstances


Yolanda Renee - Premonition - Pay attention to your sixth sense


Olga Godim - The Phantom Of The Opera - Music on Mars sounds just as beautiful as it did on Earth


Nilanjana Bose - Chiaroscuro VI - An old radio goes berserk in the middle of the night


Beth Camp - First Time - What do we learn when we close our eyes?


Kalpana M - Undisguised - A self-satisfied man immerses himself in his needs


Shilpa Gupte - Rukhsar Khala and her Kitties -  Love thy neighbour, but from afar


Roland R Clarke - Masked NemesisChaos from the shadows delivers a crippling blow to the night witches


Pat Garcia - Joy Comes In The Morning - The kids fell in love with him, a man whose face they couldn’t see. Fascinated by the white gauze covering his head, ears, face, and neck, each wanted to be like him


Jemi Fraser - Think Of Me - Deep in the tunnels, surprises await


Sonia Dogra - Phantom - Stories that did rounds of villages were, after all, only stories


Jamie - Phantom of the Boarded Up House - Teen initiation includes B&E to Phantom’s ghostly concert


Christopher Scott - Phantoms - Inspired by Lon Chaney’s portrayal of the Phantom


J Lenni Dorner - Phantom Wolves - Phantom wolves battle our heroes


Ornery Owl - The Star Child and the Phantom of the Opera - The Other remains reviled


Hilary Melton-Butcher - Phantom Of The Opera - Who But Me Could Come Up with This Post for the poor Phantom (of the Opera) prompt – I feel for him … I wonder if they had Bile Beans on the Nile 


Damyanti Biswas - Have You Met the Phantom of My Life’s Opera? - Things only begin with mistakes. That’s not where they end



SHORTLIST

As always our talented writers make the task pretty tough for the team. 

For the prompt 'The Phantom of the Opera', here is the not-so-short shortlist (in no particular order)!


Shilpa Gupte 
Hilary-Melton Butcher
Ornery Owl
Beth Camp
Kalpana Misra
Carole Stolz
Pat Garcia
Jamie Dorner
Damyanti Biswas

JUDGE'S CHOICES

Ornery Owl
Shilpa Gupte
Beth Camp

but as Nick says: 

Great stuff all around! Other selections were bubbling under. Well done to all!

 Thank you for the haunting quality of each contribution!



COMMENTING

WEP is a supportive writing environment where you are welcome to try new ideas, take risks, and put forth your latest WIP for feedback. Commenters are asked to be respectful, and sensitive and to keep comments positive. 

The trouble with commenting on blogs continues (we're fortunate that Google hasn't messed up our commenting here) or on our C-Box. And if your blog comments are down and you have a blogger blog, consider changing your comment settings to Pop-ups, not embedded, temporarily, until Google provides a fix.
And if you're using Pop-ups and people still can't comment, we hope would-be commenters will post at WEP or C-Box.

This month's prize is from me, Yolanda Renee, a mini Developmental Edit. 


Please email me at yolandarenee@hotmail express for further details!


AND NOW IT'S TIME TO CONGRATULATE THE WINNERS!

WE HOPE YOU AGREE THE BADGES ARE BEYOND AWESOME!

THANKS, OLGA GODIM!

And, the Oscars go to...


Three winners, three Oscars!


AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION, THE WINNER OF THE OCTOBER 2023 CHALLENGE 

~THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA~

IS





CONGRATULATIONS Ornery Owl!

Please accept our thanks for writing such a great essay. READ IT HERE. Please accept your badge and add it to your blog.

Nick says: 'A really thought-provoking essay that shows how the story is still relevant today. Sadly, like she says, we need to do so much better.'

Remember, if you can't use Yolanda's generous gift, please let us know so we can pass it on. We hate it when a gift remains unopened.


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THE RUNNER-UP OF THE OCTOBER 023 CHALLENGE 

~THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA~

IS




CONGRATULATIONS Shilpa Gupte!

Thanks, Shilpa for an innovative read. READ IT HERE.  Please post the badge to your blog with a link to your story!

As Nick says: 'Fun and playful, but subtly terrifying as well - this is a treat!'


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THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE OCTOBER 2023 CHALLENGE 

~THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA~

GOES TO





CONGRATULATIONS Beth Camp!

Thank you for a short entry packed with good things. READ IT HERE. Please accept the badge and display it on your blog. 

Nick says: 'Short and sweet, a feel-good dopamine lift, a nice message to take forward.'


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CONGRATULATIONS ALL!





REMEMBER!
THE WEP ANTHOLOGY


A mock-up temporary cover was created on Canva.

WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOUR ENTRY!

UPDATE: The entries are trickling in. We are concerned we won't receive the numbers to go ahead. If you intend to submit, please let us know.


WEP 2024 FLASH FICTION ANTHOLOGY - to be released approx. May 2024.

All winners are automatically invited to submit.

Anyone involved in WEP in the past is invited to submit.

Nila is in charge of bringing this baby home. For now, any questions, please post in comments so all can see the answers.


TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES WHO LOVE WRITING FLASH FICTION:

 You are personally invited to submit a flash fiction piece of between 500 min - 1,000 words max to our upcoming anthology. This will be a work of prose fiction – no poetry, although a poem may be included within your predominately prose story.

 Many of the finer points of the anthology are still being finalized, but we have a concrete theme -- Gone!  Gone! Gone! All stories submitted will be written to this theme from which the WEP team envisages many possible genres - thriller, romance, fictionalized memoir, horror, crime, women's fiction, paranormal ... and others. By the August post, you will know all there is to know.

 What do we want? We want standalone, complete, previously unpublished stories - no extracts of a WIP or serialized story, photo essay or opinion piece. A solid flash fiction. This will be submitted to technical guidelines to be announced in August. This is when WEP will publish an Anthology Page on the site where you will see various ideas for stories, but none is binding. We stress - this is YOUR story, written YOUR way in your chosen genre.

 We aim to publish a high-quality eBook and print book. If your entry is accepted, you will be asked to perform further self-edits and the editorial team will do any final editing. WEP's raison d'etre is to improve writing, so the writing must be well-edited and excellent overall.

 The Anthology is the culmination of the work and collective wisdom of 13 years of enthusiasm for flash fiction. Most of the current team have been with WEP in one role or another for the duration.

 We envisage submissions closing at the end of December ‘23.




Please join us for the Challenge in December! This is a post where you aren't painted into any corners. Give us your real self!

For the festive season, we're taking the stress out and leaving the fun in. No competition, only creativity. We're inviting you to a Holiday Writing Party and we're saying Over to YOU

Remember to post December 1 through the 15 so everyone can get on with the festive season! 

~OVER TO YOU~


Click on our Challenges 2023 page for ideas for December. But we stress, write your entry your way! What movie inspired you?

SHARE THE LOVE IF YOU WISH. IF YOU DON'T DO SOCIAL MEDIA, THAT'S TOTALLY FINE.


We announce our WEP OCTOBER‘23 #THEPHANTOMOFTHEOPERA #winners @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @jemifraser @SoniaDogra16 #amwriting #writingcontest #flashfiction #wepwinners https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2023/10/wep-winners-october-challenge-phantom.html

#WEPFF OCTOBER ’23 #THEPHANTOMOFTHEOPERA #winners announced @DeniseCCovey @SoniaDogra16 @yolandarenee @jemifraser #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners #writingcontest https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2023/10/wep-winners-october-challenge-phantom.html

Come congratulate our OCTOBER’23 #THEPHANTOMOFTHEOPERA #winners! #WEPFF Challenge @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @SoniaDogra16 @jemifraser #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners #writingcontesthttps://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2023/10/wep-winners-october-challenge-phantom.html


Signing off for now
Renee & Denise
for the team



8 comments:

  1. HUGE congratulations to all the winners, contributors and team. And my heartfelt thanks.

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  2. Wow! Thank you so much, WEP!!! This is such a beautiful surprise 💗

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  3. Even though the numbers were disappointing, the quality of the writing shone, as always. Thanks for great reads one and all! I loved writing to this prompt; hope you did too.

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  4. Congratulations! - to all winners.
    The entries were amazing, made up in quality for the lack of numbers a few times over. Enjoyed reading each one.
    Also feel pleased personally that a nonfiction piece won first place. :)

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  5. Congratulations to all the winners. I enjoyed the entries so much. Also, the variety, even though the numbers were few made the reading fun. Thank you all.

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  6. Wonderful entries every one. Top-notch! Congratulations to everyone.

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  7. I'm always surprised when I win, so I didn't know I did. Thank you, and I will be accepting my prize. The stories I'm working on right now are still in the hot mess stage.

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