Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Winners - #WEP June 2022 Challenge #PleaseReadtheLetter

 Hello writers! Nila here. 



The June Challenge has concluded with a whole bunch of superb entries, thank you! - to all who joined in with their diverse,  original, creative, fun, poignant, quirky and altogether mind-blowing interpretations. 

Each challenge feels like well, no-one can top this level of creativity and then you all do exactly that in the following challenge, kudos!

And it's always a thrill to welcome new participants. This challenge we welcome Arti Jain from My Ordinary Moments who introduced us to Cleave Poetry, a new form for all of us.

Here's a round up of the entries posted :


Nilanjana Bose - Don’t Return To SenderAn open letter that could be nailed to too many doors in the corridors of power right now. 


Denise Covey - Escape from Mariupol - Some letters are written with the greatest of intentions, but may never be read.


LG Keltner - The Letters Left Unread - A young woman writes letters to cope with the difficulties of life.


Bernadette Braganza - Please Read The Letter - Reminiscences, instructions & consequences that come with a letter!


Debbie D - Please Read The Letter - An old letter triggers a torrent of bitter memories.


Olga Godim  - Please Read The Letter - A letter could change a life…when delivered at the right time.


Jamie - No Longer Yours - Hate jumps  to conclusions.


Sonia Dogra - I Didn’t Want Us To Drown - A letter is all you need to convey the unsaid, sometimes you just grow out of love.


Lenny Lee - Dear Mom - A boy deals with grief through a letter to his deceased mother.


Jemi Fraser - Schrodinger’s Letter- A letter propped on a pepper mill and an empty house. Good or bad?


NR Williams - Please Read The Letter - Creating a better life.


Damyanti Biswas - Secrets and Memories - Letter from a bargirl with a reason to run.


Hilary - Please Read The Letter -  Letters of Positivity.


J Lenni Dorner - Luring You In - Written for the Uncaught One.


Carole Stolz - Please Read This Letter - Words can never express how much I miss you.


Carrie Ann Golden - Unsent Letters - One letter has the power to change everything. 


Michelle Wallace - Please Read The Letter - Mr. N.A. Hoskins would like a job.


Kalpana - Read The Tweet - Who read the tweet?


Arti Jain - A Poet’s Plea - An introduction to Cleave poetry.


Renee - Please Read The Letter - Unrequited love - a curse.

CL Hart - Please Read The Letter - A father realizes his daughter is not only dangerously troubled, she is no longer even human.

Roland Clarke - Please Read The Letter - No news is not always good news. An exchange between those serving at the frontline and their family across the ocean.


Shortlist

Our incisive judge Nick Wilford has spoken on the winners. Our shortlist this round was a near consensus, we all voted for the same set of entries. As always, there were entries which we all loved but they did not make the final cut. There are more superb entries for every challenge than there are winners' places. So don't be disheartened if your name isn't there this round, maybe next time. Keep writing! Who knows? You could be the winner of the next Challenge!



Commenting


Thank you to all those who comment widely, especially those who read and comment even when they do not have an entry in the ring. Commenting is super important to us both as feedback towards improvement of writing craft and as a communication channel for community building.

Sadly, this  month had commenting issues. No one's quite sure what is going on, but it is not just a Word Press/Blogger issue. Please check the comments on the WEP post where we posted comments that wouldn't take on blogs. 

Please note that due to incessant spamming issues, we have had to keep comment moderation on. So your comment may not show up right away, but we will get to it soonest possible. We value your comments, please keep them coming.




Critique Prize


The winner of each Challenge has an opportunity to get a critique prize from professional editors/published writers – our sidebar displays the prizes for 2022. If the winner has no manuscript/WIP ready for critiquing then the prize is passed on to the runners up. Therefore, it’s important that the winner(s) let us know immediately if they do not have work ready to be critiqued, so that we may get in touch with the next in line. Also important to submit work for critique within three months of winning so that editors can plan their work schedule. They are busy people and work to definite, often urgent deadlines. So thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

 

This month the winner gets a first chapter/10,000 word critique from me, Nilanjana Bose, a published poet and short fiction writer. The winner also gets a guest post here at WEP on a topic of their own choice.  





NOW LET'S CONGRATULATE THE WINNERS ! 


THE WINNER OF THE JUNE 2022 CHALLENGE, PLEASE READ THE LETTER, IS -



Many congratulations, Lenny! Your entry Dear Mom made a direct hit on our collective heart. Nick said, ”Simple and unvarnished. Beautifully moving for that reason.”

Please post this badge and link it to your winning entry. Enjoy the critique prize or pass it on if you’d prefer. We look forward to a guest post here on a topic of your choice.


THE RUNNER UP OF THE JUNE 2022 CHALLENGE IS -


Congratulations, Kalpana! Your entry Read the Tweet had us holding our breath at the taut suspense.

Nick said, “Speaks to an important social issue in a riveting, in-the-moment tale.”

Please take this badge and link it to your winning entry on your blog.


AND FINALLY, THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE JUNE 2022 CHALLENGE GOES TO -



Congratulations, Michelle! Your entry, Please Read the Letter, cracked us up - a much needed dose of humour done to a perfect turn.

Nick said, “A welcome slice of dark humour. Nicely done.”

Michelle,  please take this badge and link it to your entry on your blog.



Thank you to all our amazing participants for your entries. We read so many magnificent and magnificently varied takes on this month’s prompt!  





Read stunning entries from our WEP JUNE 2022 PLEASE READ THE LETTER winners @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @LGKeltner @OlgaGodim @jemifraser #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2022/06/winners-of-wep-june-challenge.html

#WEPFF PLEASE READ THE LETTER winners announced @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @LGKeltner @OlgaGodim @jemifraser https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2022/06/winners-of-wep-june-challenge.html #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners

Come congratulate our JUNE winners! #WEPFF PLEASE READ THE LETTER Challenge @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @OlgaGodim @LGKeltner @jemifraser #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2022/06/winners-of-wep-june-challenge.html





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Tuesday, 31 May 2022

#WEP June Challenge is on with more great music! #PleaseReadtheLetter for #June 2022 - Sign up here June 15-17





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Welcome to the June Challenge at WEP! This is Nila with you. We've had some super amazing entries for our previous two challenges and I'm so excited to see which direction you all take with this musical prompt. 

Just to recap, WEP and these Challenges are for all those with a passion for writing, regardless of the point they've reached in their writing journeys.

·       Are you still learning your craft? Get clear and constructive feedback from an encouraging community of writers.

·       Want to try out a new WIP on us? Publish an extract here.

·       Did you want to continue a series? Do it here.

·       Adore writing to prompts in a supportive environment? This is just the space for you!

·       Want to win a prize? Jump right in...there are three. 




A word about critiques - they are a vital part of our Challenges, but they can also prove to be contentious. 

Readers, please remember to offer critiques only if asked for. The idea is to be helpful, not hurtful, to give your inputs for making the writing shine even better. Be courteous at all times. 

And writers, please be specific about the level of critique you want, if you do not want your writing to be critiqued then NCCO is  your friend. 

More details on the Critique Page, please read if you're new here. And good to refresh even if you're not.

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Another word - about comment moderation.

WEP is being absolutely slammed by spammers. We hate comment moderation as much as the next blogger, but we can't allow spam to choke us. We'd hoped to remove it for the June challenge, but that seems unlikely,
So please leave a comment and we will remove it from spam asap. Bearing in mind we're all super busy, please don't panic if it's not done right away!
Thanks for your patience!

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This month's prompt is based on Please Read the Letter by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - a break up song and a moving plea for understanding at the termination of a relationship. Click on the link, give it a listen and go where the music/lyrics take you. Many different interpretations are possible, some of which are outlined on our Challenges page. But they are indicative only. You need not follow any of that. We always love a different take.


Please remember to add a tagline. Short and sweet, a tagline sums up the story. And it's great practice for submissions!


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June Prize -

is a critique/beta read of 10,000 words or 1st chapter, whichever is shorter from moi, Nilanjana Bose. Most here know me but for those who don't, I am a bilingual poet, fiction and travel writer.  My short stories have been anthologised and my poetry published in online and print in US, UK, Bahrain and India. I blog at Madly-in-Verse. 

 
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The August Challenge 



This challenge is based on Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven a nod to Western classical music from the 19th century. A timeless masterpiece that he composed in 1801, dedicated to Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, who was briefly his student he fell in love with. but could not marry due to the strict social conventions of the time.  It acquired its evocative nickname five years after Beethoven's death in 1832, after the poet/music critic Ludwig Relistab said it brought to mind the moon setting over Lake Lucerne.

 

There are a million potential ways to interpret this challenge - use the title to define your setting, a water body, a full moon, a floating craft, a romantic evening...Use it to devise your character - a werewolf, a vampire, a modern-day witch/wizard...Use the backstory to create your flash about circumstances scuppering a relationship...or a nickname coming to define something/someone...Beethoven's life itself can inspire a thousand stories - listen to his music composed 200+ years ago and go where the muse takes you. 


Have fun writing!


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Wednesday, 11 May 2022

#WEP April Challenge Winner Carrie Ann Golden writes: Don't Give Up!

 Hi everyone, Laura here!

Carrie Ann Golden won our April Challenge A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall with her stunning poem Tears in the Rain. Life is like tears in the rain.


Our judge Nick Wilford said,  "There was not much to separate the two poems in the shortlist (Carrie Ann and Kalpana) because both carried so much resonance and emotional heft. But the beat and the rhythm in Carrie Ann's poem certainly made a mark, reflecting the darkest of times and somehow offering a note of hope."

Today Carrie Ann shares with us the importance of persistence in the face of any obstacles!  

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Don’t Give Up!

Ever feel like your writing isn’t good enough?

At some point, every writer will have felt this way.

Even the most successful authors have experienced these painful insecurities.

“I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.” – Maya Angelou

“Even after making the bestseller lists so many times, I feel like I'm a fraud and that this time everyone will find out.” - Sandra Brown (author of sixty-eight New York Times bestsellers)

“Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.” – Stephen King

Writers are notorious for comparing themselves to other “more successful” writers.

I’ll never sell that many books.

I’ll never be a published author.

I’ll never be able to write like (insert your favorite author).

Guess what?

I have the same affliction!

Being a deaf-blind writer, I’ve faced numerous challenges – and there’ve been many days when I nearly gave up.

Why?

I believed I would never ever be good enough.

I mean, how can someone like me with limited vision and hearing ever write well?

When I was a girl, people struggled to relate to me (because of my disability) so I created imaginary friends –  our escapades usually got me into trouble; I even landed in an ER once!

I discovered writing by accident (through a sixth-grade classmate’s challenge on who could write the scariest story) – which became a much safer way of interacting with my “friends.”

College English Composition nearly cured me of my passion when the professor declared that I was incapable of writing anything meaningful.

Ten years passed before I tried again (through the encouragement of my husband and a co-worker who was also a writer). When I published my first short story, the editor exclaimed as to how readable the story was.

Over the years, I learned that I didn’t need all my senses to be a good writer.

I discovered my own style of writing that became a part of my writer’s voice; for example,  instead of relying heavily on descriptions, I focused on words that evoked emotions.

So, what one would deem as weakness we can turn into our greatest strength - and the only way to accomplish that is to never give up on the writer within.

“I seek strength, not to be greater than others, but to fight my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself” – P.C. Cast



Carrie Ann Golden is from the mystical Adirondack Mountains now living on a farmstead in the Red River Valley of North Dakota (USA). She writes dark fiction and poetry. A Deafblind, her work has been published in places such as GFT Press, Doll Hospital Journal, The Hungry Chimera, Asylum Ink, Piker Press, Edify Fiction, and others. You can find her on her writing blog as well as Medium and Twitter.

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Thank you so much Carrie Ann for your heartfelt post, and congratulations once again for your winning poem!




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#WEP A HARD RAIN'S GONNA FALL #WEPwinner #TearsInTheRain  #guestpost https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2022/05/wep-april-challenge-winner-carrie-ann.html @DeniseCCovey, @YolandaRenee, @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim @jemifraser #amwriting #writingchallenge

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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 June Challenge: Please Read the Letter.



See you in June!

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Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Winners of the #WEP #AHardRainsGonnaFall Challenge for April 2022!

 Hi everyone, Laura here!

Thank you all for taking part in another successful challenge! Numbers and commenting were down, whether because of the A - Z or the toughness of the topic. We at WEP thoroughly enjoyed the reading and seeing how many ways the prompt took you! There was a lot of poetry this time around, and we enjoyed all of it!

Each of you had your own unique take on the prompt. Thank you to those who supplied their own tagline - for those who didn't, we have written them for you. 

Yolanda Renee - Freedom and independence sought by some can hurt others.

L.G. Keltner - - Rey attempts to find hope in a seemingly hopeless situation.

Denise Covey -  All too often, hard rain leaves victims in its wake.

Hilary Melton-Butcher - Hard rain falls and it's kept a secret from the unwitting public.

Olga Godim - Rain or shine, the Finder always finds her m'riffin.

Nilanjana Bose - All refugees are equal but some are more equal than others. 

Deniz Bevan - Funerals often give up the dastardliest surprises!

Ornery Owl (not Charlotte) - Hard rain often falls after a dry spell: look out for the consequences.

Jemi Fraser -  A hard rain is just what she needs.

Sonia Dogra - If we take up the reins, can we help save the world?

Carrie Ann Golden - Life is like tears in the rain.

N.R. Williams - Life and love overcome.

Roland ClarkeTwo cousins echo deeds of their grandmothers by resisting tyranny in Ukraine.

Shannon Lawrence - Courage is what we make it.

J Lenni Dorner - An executioner extinguishes one life to save another.

Sally - Throwback but nothing changes – hard rain is still falling 40+ years later.

Kalpana - The turmoil of the world has us teetering on the edge . (Having the audio was brilliant. Very helpful to those who have trouble reading on the computer.)



SHORTLIST

Our wonderful judge Nick Wilford has rated our shortlist into the three places. The whole WEP team chose virtually the same 3 or 4 entries.  As always, 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.




COMMENTING

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

A quick note: We love receiving your comments on these posts. Unfortunately, a deluge of spam has resulted in us needing to turn on comment moderation. Please don't let that discourage you from commenting here! We still want to hear from you. We just don't want spammers taking over.



CRITIQUE PRIZE

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. 

The April Prize comes from Nas Dean, who has generously offered a place in her online writing course- value $80- which can be taken up any time.

Writing & Editing 101

Learn at your own pace and in your own time.!!


We haven't done this for awhile, but this month we're giving an Honorable Mention to Ornery Owl for her engaging memoir (a genre we don't see enough of!) and Roland Clark for his 'tale of two cousins' who resist the tyranny in Ukraine! 

Also, when team members (who aren't eligible for prizes) write something completely engaging, they should be acknowledged. This challenge Nila said: Two of the host entries were just so strong - Denise with her absolutely superb, immersive POV of a girl sheltering in the Mariupol theatre in Ukraine and Yolanda with her poem, redolent with brilliant crispness.

NOW LET'S CONGRATULATE OUR WINNERS!

THE WINNER APRIL 2022'S CHALLENGE
A HARD RAIN'S GONNA FALL IS:




Congratulations, Carrie Ann, for your entry, 


Nick wrote: "There was not much to separate the two poems in the shortlist (Carrie Ann and Kalpana) because both carried so much resonance and emotional heft. But the beat and the rhythm in Carrie Ann's poem certainly made a mark, reflecting the darkest of times and somehow offering a note of hope."


Carrie Ann, 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 would rather. This one can be used at any time, so no rush! We eagerly await your Guest Post on a topic of your choice!

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THE RUNNER-UP OF APRIL 2022'S CHALLENGE
A HARD RAIN'S GONNA FALL  IS:



Congratulations, Shannon, for your entry, 

As the Time Approaches

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Nick wrote: "Very well drawn and really captures a moment in life, leaving the reader to fill in the gaps and the backstory. We connect with this character really well in a few hundred words and that's what a good short story does."

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

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THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD WINNER FOR APRIL 2022'S CHALLENGE
A HARD RAIN'S GONNA FALL IS:



Congratulations, Hilary, for your stunning entry, 

A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall


Nick wrote: "As usual we learn something new from Hilary, this time putting a different spin on devastating current events and told cleverly from a first person perspective, almost like the land itself is crying out. Well done."

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

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Thank you all for participating! We saw so many fantastic entries this month!



Read stunning entries from our WEP APRIL 2022 A HARD RAIN'S GONNA FALL winners @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @LGKeltner @OlgaGodim @jemifraser #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2022/05/winners-of-wep-ahardrainsgonnafall.html

#WEPFF A HARD RAIN'S GONNA FALL winners announced @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @LGKeltner @OlgaGodim @jemifraser https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2022/05/winners-of-wep-ahardrainsgonnafall.html #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners

Come congratulate our APRIL winners!. #WEPFF A HARD RAIN'S GONNA FALL Challenge @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @OlgaGodim @LGKeltner @jemifraser #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2022/05/winners-of-wep-ahardrainsgonnafall.html

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