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First, I owe many, many thanks to judges, Austin Briggs, Melissa Breau, and Michelle Lowery who spent last week reading and evaluating the Writers’ Week Writing Contest entries. Second, thanks to all of you who submitted entries and participated in the rest of the Writers’ Week festivities.

I’m going to skip thanking the Academy and all that crap and just get on with it. I know you’re all dying to find out which pieces made it to the voting phase of the contest.

Top 10 Finalists

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“Why Yes, I am a Total Badass” at What She Said

I’ll be honest: I’m a girly girl. I love all things Ann Taylor Loft; my idea of camping out involves parking my butt at the poolside bar of a Marriott resort; and, oh, how Clinique’s new lid smoothie eye color with the cooling metallic applicator feels like pure bliss on my tired eyelids. Read more.

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“How Vine Leaves Stuffed Nemesis” at Brainfluff

‘You’d be much more attractive if you didn’t have that cloud of midges buzzing around your head,’ I grumbled, waving away the pesky insects. I smoothed out the frown lines that weren’t doing a lot for my wonderful Grecian brow, or high perfect forehead. Read more.
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“Lessons 2″ at Views from Nature

“When I was 13, I thought that everything would be easier once I was an adult,” Rachel confided. She stood at the door to her small loft studio conveniently located a stone’s throw from the cave. Read more.
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“Creative Writing” at Flight of the Tumblebee

Elevators are little more than inverted coffins strung up on piano wire. Except there also are telephones. And, really, that’s not much of an improvement if you ask me. Read more.
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“Fusio Taganinni and the Long Rescue” at Wiley-Davis.com

The difference between good binoculars and bad binoculars wasn’t what it used to be. Even optics had fallen under the domain of cheap but good. Fusio Taganinni wanted to hate his cheap binoculars, but the lenses could reveal a blackened pore at a thousand yards and besides, these binoculars were custom. Read more.
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“The Black Sheep” at {Not} Mommy of the Year

I never did care much for this part. For months I raised them. Fed them every day, made sure they had fresh water, talked to them. I helped in the barn – clipping tails, trimming hoofs and shearing wool. Most of my “help” was standing around watching and handing tools to my dad or Uncle Scott. Read more.
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“I Need To Believe” at The Misadventures of Mrs. B

I used to believe that Santa Claus was real. One night out of every year I’d lay in bed, struggling to stay awake, waiting with bated breath to hear those hooves on my roof. I must have fallen asleep too early, I’d reason the next morning. Read more.
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“Out of the Corner” at Writer’s Challenge

In two weeks I have to go back to the hospital, so Dr. Frey can do my left eye. I don’t know if things will get better or worse. But if something doesn’t change, I’m not going to make it. If things get worse, fourteen days may be all the sanity I have left. Read more.
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“Ghosts of Seniiti” at Writing Works

You can learn a lot from a mother, she thought. I wish I had that chance.
Alone in the endless green of the forest that encompassed her humble village, Alix found she had a lot of time to think. She also discovered that her thoughts didn’t always go where she wanted them to. Read more.
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“Business as Usual” at From My Write Side

“Please don’t make me have to do this again. Please tell me you have the permits with you and you are here in this building somewhere?” Blair’s hands shook as she held the cellphone to her ear. Read more.
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 Vote for Your Favorite!

You have until Friday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern to vote for your favorite. Votes are logged by IP and a cookie. (Because people who try to game the system suck, that’s why.)

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About Emily Suess

Emily Suess is a technical marketing writer by day and a freelance copywriter by night. And, no, she's not related to Dr. Seuss.
  • Jessica

    Such great picks and a few I haven’t read. Congrats to everyone.

    • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

      It’s true, and the results were a lot closer than I would have guessed.

  • http://twitter.com/SaidKristin What She Said

    I’m honored! And I realize I still haven’t read a few of these, so that’s something to look forward to also. Thanks, Emily! 

    • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

      I was glad to host the contest, Kristin. And I’m happy so many decided to flex their writing muscles by submitting entries!

  • Sjhigbee

    Congrats to all my fellow finalists.  I’ve read most of the entries and feel honoured to have been included alongside such excellent writers – as well as thoroughly enjoying the sheer range and difference in subjects and styles.

    I’ll be returning to read the few I haven’t yet managed to get to.  Once more, many thanks Emily for making this possible!

    • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

      You’re very welcome. :)

  • http://frommywriteside.wordpress.com The Drama Mama

    Wow.I am so very honored to be in the finals. Congratulations to everyone. I have NO idea how they were able to decide. That was a lot of fabulous writing!

    • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

      I know what you mean. I’m so glad all I had to do was publish the list. 

      Congrats on making it to the finals.

  • JohnW

    Wow, this is great.  I think this is just the affirmation I need to quite my dayjob and support my home and family as a full time short story writer!  That’s a good plan, right?

    Thank you, though.  It’s an honor.

    • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

      LOL! If that was your goal, you entered the wrong contest, John. We’re just trying to spark and encourage a little creativity. :)

      Thanks for participating, btw. 

  • Paul Little

    They’re doing it again. Your blog is currently serving ads for Westbow Press, a “Christian Book Publishing Company.” Of course, what it really is is a vanity press. Interestingly enough, the prices they charge seem a tad outrageous compared to other vanity presses I’ve seen. Could it be that Christians are a little bit more gullible on average than the general public?

    • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

      Yeah, I know. It’s inevitable that some of those will show up because the ads published are related (textually if not contextually) to what I publish. I leave it to my fine readers to use their best judgment when giving any business their hard-earned cash. I try to block what I can, but some are just going to slip through the cracks.

      I’m keepin’ my mouth shut on that bit about the gullibility of Christians. :)

  • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

    Now that my “judge” job is complete, I’m feeling free to post again. I just wanted to say that I truly enjoyed reading the entries. Selecting the best was agony.

    Emily, it’s a great idea to invite several judges from outside. I’m now thinking to do the same for the monthly contest I run over at my site…

    • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

      Because I knew so many of the entrants would also be frequenters of this blog, I just knew I needed to beg the help of a more impartial crew. I’m grateful for your help, Austin!

      • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

        My pleasure :) Some seriously nice stuff was written for this contest.

        • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

          Oh, also! If you do decide to use outside judges, I totally owe you one and would be glad to help out.

          • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

            Thanks Emily – just emailed you about it. 

          • http://twitter.com/MichelleDLowery Michelle Lowery

            Austin, I thoroughly enjoyed judging this contest as well! Ditto what Emily said–if you need another outside judge, I’d be glad to help out. :-)

          • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

            Hi Michelle, I’d be honored! How about judging my October contest? I’ll tweet you so we go offline on this :)

  • Jackie

    Congrats to the finalists!! Great picks!

  • http://www.thefreelancerdiary.com Neeraj Sachdeva

    Congratulations to the finalist, I will make my vote soon!

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  • http://twitter.com/AntonioAngelo21 Antonio Angelo

    the first link is broken if you click on the title but works if you click on the read more section.  Congratulations everyone nice work.  

    • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

      Hmm. Seems to be working for me.

  • http://twitter.com/MichelleDLowery Michelle Lowery

    Thanks so much for allowing me to participate, Emily! Judging was difficult with so many great entries! But I also have to admit, it was nice to just be the reader rather than the writer for a change. If you ever host another contest, I’d be happy to judge again. Can’t wait to see who wins!

  • http://amandastclair.wordpress.com/ amandastclair

    It was fun participating in this. I had a great time writing, reading, and commenting…and I voted. Thanks, Emily.

  • Guest

    I didn’t have time to enter the contest (boo hoo) but I went ahead and wrote something anyway and am linking it here…just in case someone wants to read it. :)

    http://coffee-oneoflifeslittlepleasures.blogspot.com/2011/09/duck-job.html

  • Anonymous

    As a mom of one of the writers, I was shocked to learn my son even entered this contest.  I didn’t find out my quiet, reserved college student had entered until he had made the top 10!  I think so many of the writings are so good, and I am thankful he got this oppotunity.  Good luck!

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  • Choochy_frita_1993

    The best story is winning as of now and it needs to stay that way. A bad story shouldn’t win just because he or she tweets for votes at the last minute.

    • http://blog.emilysuess.com Emily Suess

      Well, since just about everyone has been Tweeting and Facebook begging for votes all week, I don’t really think anyone should be criticized. Just my two cents. All voters are entitled to their opinions until 11:59 p.m. tonight. :)

      • Choochy_frita_1993

        You are right. I apologize.

    • http://twitter.com/SaidKristin What She Said

      A “bad” story? Considering each of these pieces was selected as finalists among more than 50 entries by authorities in the writing field, I’d hesitate to call any of them “bad.” Not to mention it’s just plain rude and insulting to the folks (like me) who put a lot of time and effort into their work. 

      Nice to see you’re not biased or anything. 

  • Laurie Skelton

    Wowzah!  This is crazy!  The votes came pouring in this morning.  When I left for work, they were still hovering in the 90s!

  • J24fan

    Is the voting closed now?

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