Writer’s Relief 15th Anniversary Contest Winners

by | Mar 11, 2009 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

Thanks to everyone who entered our 15th Anniversary Contest!

The entries we received were funny, inspiring, entertaining, and poignant. Writing a story, essay, or poem in just 15 words is no easy task, and we were amazed by your creativity and skill.
Number of entries
With so many great entries, it was hard to choose the winners of our FREE A La Carte Service. We received over 650 entries from over two dozen countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, Scotland, Senegal/West Africa, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, Taiwan, Trinidad/West Indies/Tobago, and Zimbabwe.

 

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Additional first-prize BONUS
Choosing just two winners (for clients and nonclients) was so difficult that we decided to ADD ONE EXTRA WINNER, who will receive a FREE round of our A La Carte submissions. A number of writers chose to write about the topic of Writer’s Relief, so we considered those entries as part of an additional category.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting more of the entries that were submitted to our contest. Stay tuned!

So, without further ado, we present the three first-prize winners.

Winner of the GENERAL ENTRIES category (wins FREE A La Carte Service)
Congratulations to Catharine Bramkamp of Cotati, California, for winning the first prize in our general entries category. Her life story in 15 words made us crack up laughing. Here’s the winning entry:

When it comes to the story of my life,
my mother always finds the typos.

Winner of the ACTIVE CLIENTS category (wins $100 off his next invoice)
Congratulations to Eli Langner from Tucson, Arizona! We loved this clever little poem, especially the unique way it is laid out.

                                       I called Writer’s Relief.
                              wrong;
                              was
                             I
                         but
                  myself,
                  it
                 do
          could
          I
thought
I

Winner of the additional Writer’s Relief category (wins FREE A La Carte Service)
Congratulations to Joanne Hirase-Stacey of Malad, Idaho. We thought your submission was very funny and very apt—given that we love both grammar and our canine mascots!

Two Too To Writer’s Relief. Happy Birthday. Their There They’re 105 in dog years. Woof.


Honorable Mentions for the general submissions category
(win a FREE Writer’s Relief T-shirt)

Robert D. Buckingham of Santa Ana, California, wrote:

And God said, “Let there be light.” Until his electric bill arrived. Darkness is good.

Dan Rose of Wharton, New Jersey, wrote:

I’d finally moved into my dreamhouse,
         but it was already furnished
with someone else’s expectations.

Richard W. Ahern of Oakley, California, wrote:

Twitter, blog, Google me,
go to MySpace, Facebook, ogle me,
appreciate my transparency,
then disconnect.

Honorable mentions for the Writer’s Relief client category (win a FREE Writer’s Relief T-shirt)

Susanna Rich of Blairstown, New Jersey, wrote:

Feel the moon ripple off
our clothes.
We are all water
and each other’s
shore.

Lisa Harris of Trumansburg, New York, wrote:

“Take this to the grave,” my mother began. I tried to obey. Instead I write.

Patricia Anne Elford of Pembroke, Ontario, wrote:

               Dreaming

                   Hero bounded gazellelike.

                 Awake,

              five digits short,

          he tripped awkwardly,

                       stumbled,
                                  and

 

 

                                         fell

                                               down.

We hope to be putting together another contest later this year, so please continue to read our free newsletter Submit Write Now!. Again, thanks to everyone who participated. We can’t tell you how much fun we had reading these entries, and we hope that you enjoy them as well!

6 Comments

  1. Moose Moose

    Wow, what beautiful poetry written by all of the winners. "CONGRATULATIONS" to everyone!!! You should all be proud!!!

    Reply
  2. Alice Mendelsohn

    so many people – so much creativity
    so much talent – during daily activity

    Reply
  3. Writer's Relief Staff

    Posted for Rochelle K.

    I thought the winning entries excellent. Good idea and your new format very appealing. Good luck with it.

    best,

    Rochelle

    Reply
  4. Posey Wilson

    The formatting of some of the entries, quite creative. Excellent!

    Reply
  5. Ram Karan

    Wow! How impressive the creativity; If only I knew about the format of the entry.

    Better luck next time.
    Ram.

    Reply
  6. jean moody

    Another WOW! and CONGRATULATIONS! to all the winners!
    A lot of talent, creativity and craftiness in all of
    the entries. I’ve been impressed and MOTIVATED!!!

    Reply

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