The Pumpkin Writing Contest: Winners


20100216writingchallengeblog We regret to inform everyone that reading The Pumpkin Challenge submissions has reduced the WEbook editorial staff into a group of tear-soaked and fear-addled children. Thus, they were unable to choose winners for this challenge.


Just kidding!

But seriously, these were some scary, sick, and twisted submissions. Which, of course, is exactly what we asked for. So thanks!

Here are the winners. Read at your own discretion, as a few of them are on the graphic side of things. 

No Trespassing by DaisyBug
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by FinneanNilson
My Pretty Pumpkin Pet by fairyfan

Honorable Mention 

Schrodinger's Pumpkin by jgbarr

NoAdverb-1 Congratulations to all the winners! You will receive your PageToFame coupons shortly.

The Single Adjective/Adverb Challenge is still open for submission through Monday, November 15. It seems like many regulars have passed on this challenge (we had you pegged for adverb sympathizers from the start), so we’re resorting to bribery. The #1 winner of this writing contest will receive both a PageToFame coupon AND a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. All other winners will still get their standard P2F ‘pon. We hope everyone decides to accept our bribe.

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Really? Those three are the best examples of "Real terror. None of that mushy 'moderate fear' kind of thing." that you could find among all those submissions? I posit that the WeBook judges are, to a body, mainstream literature readers and not fans of the horror genre. Not only not fans of the horror genre but unlikely to have read an adult horror anthology in their lives.
    DaisyBug, congratulations. Yours was a good horror story deserving of the win. The other two, while good Halloween tales, were not representative of the kind of terror that was asked for. As a lifelong fan of the genre I'm honestly extremely disappointed by two-thirds of the judges selections for this challenge.
    This is not a "wahhh my story should have won" rant (although in all honest truth I do believe that it should have, just as I believe several others were better "terrifying" candidates), rather it is a statement that the result of this challenge is indicative of the neutering of the genre that has been going on for years.
    "Real terror. None of that mushy "moderate fear" kind of thing."? "Not R.L.Stine scary, Twilight scary" would have been a more honest depiction of what you were looking for.

  2. I omitted, and would be remiss in allowing that, that the honorable mention "Schrodinger's Pumpkin" was deserving of a win rather than an honorable mention. It certainly created the atmosphere of the horror that desperation breeds.

  3. Eh, I'm a little miffed over another Charlie Brown spoof winning, but other than that I'm good with the results. Congratulations, all!

  4. I'm stoked for fairyfan's pretty pumpkin pet getting a win, I loved that story. Will, sorry about the charlie brown thing, I just thought it was funny. I guess I'm happy I won, I certainly don't feel bad about it...

  5. Thanks so much and congratulations to the others as well. :)

  6. Congrats to ALL you guys! And I hope you do very well with your PageToFame entries too. This was a challenge I didn't envy the Judges on at all, there were a tremendous amount of superb entries. Of all of these I've participated in to date - this was the most fun for me, simply because horror isn't my genre. It was nice to just let the imagination roll - and realize, whoa... I have a creepy one!

  7. I guess good job to the winners... though only one of the three winners was "scary"..

  8. Congradulations to my buddy, Daisy Bug! Sweet darling, you wrote a fantastic little tale that I had a sneaky suspicion would win the minute I saw it. Good job!

  9. Congrats to those that won! I see some voices of discontent. Remember folks, all writing contests will be at least partially subjective. It's the nature of the beast.
    I have a suggestion. All subs should have a second set of stars that get awarded as a part of the judging process. That way, all those who enter will receive a minimal feedback from the judges.

  10. Oh wow - thanks! I'm sotked that I got a mention, in a group of some really strong entries! I like these challenges - unfortunatley, right now i'm about 23k words into nanowrimo, so i skipped this newest challenge. also, i have 0 clue what an adverb is haha. anyway, thanks webook! i have a q in case anyone knows the answer - i see there are a fair amount of younger people on here - are their restrictions on content/subject matter/language etc on stories posted to webook? im pretty sure most of my work is completely inappropriate for anyone under the age of 18. anyone know offhand?


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