Winners in the Poetry Contest About Choices

Poetry contest winners with quillThe winners of my poetry contest about choices have been announced by my poet friends who agreed to be judges. Poems by the three award winners and the honorable mention poets will be published in my next anthology with the theme choices. The anthology will be published in late summer of  2015.

Hear the drum roll for:

First place: Regina Puckett “Their Pool of Pandemonium”
Second place: Tanda L. Clauson “If You Want to Exist Do Not Choose Left”
Third place: Kate Ann Scholz “About Choices”
Honorable Mention: Mona Dawson “By My Choice”
Honorable Mention: Elaine Webster “Whispers of the Lake”

I have put all the entries in the Contest Archived Page but I need to improve the formatting. Until I do, the poems continue to be on the Contest Page.

I will post a new contest in a couple of weeks. Congratulations to the winners.

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Weekend Events Locations Corrected

Thanks to writers George Cramer and Camille Thompson for correcting the locations for this weekend. Without George and Camille, I would have gone to the wrong place on Saturday. For those who plan to attend one or both, here is the right info.

Saturday is the Las Positas College anthology launch.

Sunday is the award ceremony for the high school students who won first, second, and third places in Tri-Valley Writing Club’s writing contest.

Maybe there’s a story hidden in the error. What could happen when a protagonist goes to a wrong setting?

Awards Weekend

Saturday, we, the Tri-Valley Writers Club, will be handing out awards to the winners of our high school students’ writing contest. I was on the short story committee and we selected first, second, and third winners.

Sunday, I’m invited to join the writers whose stories were selected to be in Las Positas College’s annual anthology. My story, “George W. Did It”, is  published. The awards celebration is an enjoyable event, with good food, good art displays, readings by some of the writers, and books available for pick up and purchase.

It’s my idea of a grand weekend.

Finished Judging a High School Short Story Contest

A fellow writer and I judged entries to our writing club’s High School Short Story Contest. I was impressed by the writers’ creativity and chosen topics. Organ donation, bullying, suicide, and goals for a better society were some of the issues woven into fiction. We had to compromise in deciding who should win first, second, and third awards. We each chose two  different stories, but we both liked one so we chose that story for the first place award. One of my favorites received the second place and one of hers, the third place.

I was one of the judges last year and a similar compromise occurred. Although the elements of a good story are taken into consideration, often times, I think judges’ preferences are a large part of the decisions made in the contests we writers enter. I don’t envy their task. It’s not that easy when there are many good entries.

From these student   samples, this next generation shows a depth of thought and a maturity I don’t remember from Sophomores and Juniors when I was in high school. They gave me hope for the future.

New Poetry Contest Page Look at the Menu Above

Check the menu above for the new poetry contest page. The poem should include a theme about CHOICES,  maximum 20 lines, due April 30th. Winners will be published in my new CHOICES anthology  due to be published by the end of 2014. Press reply on the contest page (not here) to enter your poem. Notice, your entry might not post until I approve of it. I don’t check my blog until the evening hours, so there may be a delay.

Winners of the Western Flash Contest

We did it! After the two judges of the Western Flash Contest had opposing winners chosen, I took the four submissions to the members of my writing classes to participate in the judging process.

The first place winner is Jeremy Milburn for “The East Coast Dandy”. Congratulations, Jeremy. Please email me so we can get your story into my anthology.

Second Place Winner is Emily De Falla for “Devil or Angel”.

Thank you to all who submitted. Writing a story within 500 words is not an easy task and you all did very well.

See you at the next contest.