The Alpha Omega Writing Challenge Winners!

20100216writingchallengeblog Lot of darkness out there this time. Lot of doom. Destruction. End-of-days type stuff. That’s cool, though—we pretty much forced the hand of darkness on this one. We knew what was coming. We were prepared.


The Alpha-Omega Challenge received 167 submissions!


 


That’s like, almost the record (The Flash Fiction Challenge pulled in 180, but who’s keeping track?).


There were some solid writing-skills brandished in this challenge. Strong myth-building. Superior world-destruction. We’ve never had so much fun reading about the end of the world over and over again. So, without further delay…


The winners of the Alpha Omega Writing Challenge!


An Old Man's Guilty Pleasure by DragonflyGray  


Why it won: Ok, some might say that the fairy in the glass orb is borderline on being a “world.” We’ve got two return volleys. 1.) Nobody ever writes about wizards doing quirky (and a little bit pervy) things with their magic. But you know they totally would. You know Saruman was doing the same damn thing up in Isengard right before Gandalf rode in all, “the One Ring is back.” You know he was! 2.) There was a world destroyed. The wizard’s private (semi-pervy) world he made for himself away from his wife and whatever wizard-responsibilities to which he was beholden.


Lastly, the grease smudge from his nose was a killer detail. It’s one of those tidbits that seems small, but really brings the scene to life, and keeps it alive. Well done. 


Starless by Aftab


Why it won: Talk about setting a scene with some vibrant imagery. The first paragraph of this entry put pictures in our minds. Clear, mostly cool toned pictures. There’s something at once unique, somber, and beautiful about a pair of lovers drifting down a river, creating a world as they go, and then slowly having it decay and die.  And there are some lines in this one that you just want to read over and over again, like this: “We’d been on this raft all our lives, Shauna and me, born on the briny deep.”


A Quiet Garden in Hiroshima by Kai_Valentine


Why it won: This entry caught our eye because of the perspective. Now, this certainly isn’t the first piece of fiction to go “Tree POV,” but man did KV follow through with some evocative images. Crisp runoff, waste from a castle, oil leaking from a vehicle. The steady progression of manmade pollutants culminates in the splitting of the atom—releasing untold energy and laying waste to the ancient and wonderful parts of the earth. Tragic, deep, good.


Dave's World by Dnall07


Why it won: The perspective was original and made for a quick read. But to be honest, we didn’t see this one as a winner until the last three lines. Leave them there to die?! That is cold-blooded sadism! But the thing is, when it’s just a game—a simulation that can be duplicated over and over again—why not leave two souls to die? What’s the difference to him? This really encapsulated the numbness and disconnection that world-destroying often involves.


But more than that, when we were done reading, we couldn’t help but think of those two survivors. What if it’s a man and a woman? What if they don’t give up? What if they endure? We wanted them to. We really did.  


Carl, Destroyer of Worlds by JulianAR


Why it won: There wasn’t a lot of humor in these entries (for obvious reasons) but this one made us laugh. Pretty hard. Even after a few reads we were chuckling. Ohhhhh, Carl. Always coming in at the last second with a (possible?) dinosaur-killing meteor and then coming up with the dynamite idea like giving people hands. Nice work, we use our hands constantly. Also, even before Carl’s entrance we were digging the names of the creators (Beast-Path was the personal WEbook fav) and the contrast to the “ - names” with Carl just made everything that much more hilarious.


A World Without Harmony by chomson


Why it won: First and foremost, this was just a great scene. Well established without being exposition-extreme, vibrant, and full of growth and movement. Each character changes with every sentence. They’re never static or neutral. That’s really key, both for micro-scenes like these and for longer works (maybe even more so for that old 700 page novel). Make stuff happen!


And we dig turtle creators. If we were gonna pick who would name the world, it’d be Turtle. Sorry if you were with Bear or Eagle, that’s just how we feel.


Honorable Mentions


These two entries both had tons of stuff working for them as well. Give them a read—you’ll see what we mean.


The Pond by OdinofAzgard 


Another extract from "The Mind-Boggling Space" by MTGradwell


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Congratulations to the winners. You shall receive your PageToFame coupons in the mail shortly. Grab a digital tent next to your digital inbox. 


The next challenge is still open, but not for long. So the 100 of you who haven’t submitted yet should get on that. This one is funky and culturally relevant: The Daily Deal Writing Challenge



The Daily Deal Write-up Challenge

20100216writingchallengeblog You know those daily deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, Woot? Do you also know how all those deals have that clever/ironic/pun-filled write-up? Ever wanted to write one of your own? Now is your chance! Your chance is right now! Take it.


You Create the Deal


It can be anything. It can fantastical like, “Half off semi-decent person’s soul,” or nonsensical like, “trade in a family heirloom for a bucket of golden nails,” or something totally normal like, “$10 for $20 worth of beer and nuts at Twisted Swifts Brewery.” Make it your own.


You Write the Write up


300 words. Make it a clever, funny, witty, pun-filled pie. Give some deal details and prices but tell a story, set a scene, throw some color up on your deal. Throw it loud. Unlike the writers of the actual deals, there are no content restriction and no reason to hold back your creative war-horse.


People Try to Buy Your Imaginary Deal


This probably won’t happen. In fact,  it definitely won’t. We just need a third headline because headlines always work better in 3’s.


That’s it. Deadline is 10 pm EST on July 31, 2011. If you need to do some field research, sign up for some of those daily deal sites and peruse away for a few days.


To submit, start a new chapter in the Daily Deal Write-up Challenge. It’s waiting for you.


WEbook will pick 6 winners and award them free entry to PageToFame, our flagship writing contest. We'll also highlight each deal on the blog and see if anyone tries to buy it. If they do, we'll tell them it's a pretend deal and that'll pretty much be the end of it.


—Webook 



The Twitter Story Writing Challenge Winners

This was a tough challenge, and probably the most restrictive while simultaneously abstract exercise we’ve had WEbook writers work on. Thanks to everyone who gave it a shot.


In the spirit of brevity and the interest of getting some three-day weekend sun-basking started. Here are the winners of the Twitter Story Challenge. 


Tweetie Pie by Inigo Rane


Timely Tweets by MassDaddy


Love on a Möbius Strip by JRVogt


Alice or Malice? by Sanger 


Death row tweets by Cesido 


On with the show by NickJ


Meanwhile, there was a massive participation to the Alpha Omega Writing Challenge, so we gotta read those. And there is a brand new challenge waiting to be entered:


The Daily Deal Write-up Challenge


Start a new chapter and get to it. What else are three day weekends for?


Enjoy,


-WEbook



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