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Winning Entries for "Before and After"

The Challenge winners will be posted here two weeks after entries close for each topic, and the Highest Ranked entries will be posted sometime later that day or the next.

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Winning Entries for "Before and After"

Postby itsjoanne » Thu May 28, 2009 9:40 am


1st Place Day of the Storm God by Carol Slider ... p?id=29569

2nd Place With Eyes Wide Open by Christine Dunn ... p?id=29466

3rd Place The World Before by Rick Higginson ... p?id=29576

4th Place Deceived by Cindy White ... p?id=29522

5th Place Fatal Race by Debbie Roome ... p?id=29574

6th Place Saved by AIDS by Gregory Kane ... p?id=29472

7th Place Dragon in the Milk by Kristen Hester ... p?id=29519

8th Place Cardboard Testimonies by Beth Muehlhausen ... p?id=29510

9th Place The Saturday of Our Circus by Loren Thomas ... p?id=29536

10th Place The Big Loogie by Sheri Gordon ... p?id=29509


Level 1 – Beginners

1st Place The Jigsaw by Christine Gaudin ... p?id=29583

2nd Place The Masterpiece by Diana Kay ... p?id=29427

3rd Place A Summer Night with Abuelita (Grandmother) by Yasmine Renteria ... p?id=29478

Highly Commended:

Between Two Worlds by Pam Vashaw ... p?id=29535

From Under the Bridge by Pat Sipperly ... p?id=29505

Level 2 – Intermediate

1st Place Deceived by Cindy White ... p?id=29522

2nd Place Transformation by Gillian Dobson ... p?id=29464

3rd Place Cranky by Mary McLeary ... p?id=29566

Highly Commended:

The Knoll by Vickie Buchanan ... p?id=29487

The Biggest Loser by Paul Potenza ... p?id=29474

Level 3 – Advanced

1st Place With Eyes Wide Open by Christine Dunn ... p?id=29466

2nd Place Before I Met You by Jana Kelley ... p?id=29437

3rd Place Eden Restored by Margaret Kearley ... p?id=29537

Highly Commended:

She is a Child, Now She is Old by Glenda Lagerstedt ... p?id=29450

Life Detour by Marlene Bonney ... p?id=29470

Level 4 – Masters

1st Place Day of the Storm God by Carol Slider ... p?id=29569

2nd Place The World Before by Rick Higginson ... p?id=29576

3rd Place Fatal Race by Debbie Roome ... p?id=29574

Highly Commended:

Saved by AIDS by Gregory Kane ... p?id=29472

Dragon in the Milk by Kristen Hester ... p?id=29519

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Postby TheSquaw » Thu May 28, 2009 9:42 am

Congratulations, people! Nice start to the weekend.
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Postby Greghory » Thu May 28, 2009 9:46 am

My thanks to the judges for seeing the good in my story and not taking offence. I have been delighted by the enormous number of comments I have received, indicative that this hard-hitting message about HIV has touched a chord with many people.

And finally a word to the weary and discouraged. This being the results for week seven, I would like to point out that this is the first time this quarter that I have made it to the top fifteen in my level, never mind the fact that I secured an EC. Granted, I didn't enter on two occasions, but I have had week after week of looking up the results on Friday only to find that my name didn't feature in the top fifteen. As many of you will be able to appreciate, not only is it frustrating and disheartening but the temptation is to give up and stop writing entirely. So if you're reading this and feeling similarly discouraged, remember this - no one has any right to be placed. You earn that place by hard work, continual self-improvement, stubbornness and sometimes (in my case anyway) just a little bit of luck.

Keep the faith. Keep on writing.
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Postby marylou » Thu May 28, 2009 9:47 am

Congratulation to the winners. How exciting for everyone.

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Postby gracelikerain » Thu May 28, 2009 9:58 am

Congratulations to all!

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Postby ElizaEvans » Thu May 28, 2009 10:04 am

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Postby BettyDee » Thu May 28, 2009 10:07 am

Yee Haw! Way to go writers! :music2 :party :shiney2 :clap
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Postby write4christ » Thu May 28, 2009 10:08 am

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Postby grandmalovesbabies » Thu May 28, 2009 10:12 am


Congratulations to all the winners. Yippee for you! I have lots of reading to do. I didn't enter for this past week (before and after) because of being on a road trip but I'm looking forward to reading your highly honored stories.

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P.S. Thanks Gregory for those words of encouragement. I almost didn't enter this week's contest (dark and light) as a result of being discouraged. It's wasn't because of not winning but I just haven't received a lot of yellow boxes lately. I changed my mind and with forty-five minutes until deadline, I began writing the story and submitted it with five minutes to spare. Usually, it takes me several days to write a story so as soon as I hit the submit button, I had instant regret. Your words of encouragement came at a good time.
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Postby Pat » Thu May 28, 2009 10:21 am



I see some of my favs up there! Whoop!

Y'all have to come down to earth sometime to catch a breath. The air is mighty thin way up there in the clouds. :mrgreen:

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Postby Symphonic » Thu May 28, 2009 10:46 am

I'm in shock... really, I am. I didn't expect this at all. :shock:

Thanks so much, judges, and thanks to everyone for the encouraging feedback. I can't tell you how much it means to me to be part of this supportive community of talented writers.

:D Congratulations, everyone!! :D

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Postby kit10 » Thu May 28, 2009 11:00 am

:shock: :shock: :shock:

:superhappy :superhappy :superhappy

I can't belieeeeeve it!!!! I've never done so well before. I feel like jumping up and down! Thank you so much judges, and everyone who commented.

Oh --- just one problem. Now I have to move up to masters! Scaaaaaaary!

Oh, and congrats to everone else! I really enjoyed reading the entries this week!

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Postby anna banana » Thu May 28, 2009 11:42 am

Congratulations on you winners! :music2 I am sorry I've been busy, but I look forward to reading your stories!

Thank you for your honest, encouraging words, Gregory. It's easy to get disheartened....I have struggled with wanting to give up too when I don't see my name on the list on Thursday. Congratulations on yor win, too!
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Postby dandelionflower » Thu May 28, 2009 11:47 am

Congratulations to you CAROL---WWWWOOOO HHHHHOOOOO!!!!!

And Kristen, and Hoomi, and Sheri, and Christine, and Loren, and Gregory and EVERYONE on all the lists.

May the Lord continue to bless your day!

And on we go!
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Three Cheers for the Winners

Postby OldManRivers » Thu May 28, 2009 11:55 am

Beautiful writing that has blessed so many.

Keep putting those words to paper and keep bringing glory to the Lord.

Jim McWhinnie :P :party :party :party
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