Write…Edit…Publish (WEP) is a permanent bloghop posting every second month. Check out our program for 2017 in our sidebar and Pages above. Please follow us to keep abreast of the challenges. We usually post three times between bloghops–winners’ announcements, guest posts and up-coming bloghops. Submit your name to the InLinkz list to join us each challenge. WEP challenges are free, open to all. If your entry catches our eye, you will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a winners’ badge.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

#WEPFF – WEP- HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Happy Holiday's Everyone!

Thanks to everyone who participated during this very busy time of year. The challenge was particularly difficult as you were asked to write in a science fiction genre, but you rose to the challenge and we have some true masterpieces to enjoy. If you haven't yet, use the links in this piece or click HERE!

AlexJ. Cavanaugh, our guest judge generously took the time to read and comment on each entry. Without any input from us, he's chosen the following winners.

Alex wrote, "It was a difficult choice although I wish nailing down the winners of the IWSG Anthology contest had been this easy! Thanks again for asking me to judge and to write a guest post."

Thank you Alex. Denise, and I find choosing the winners near impossible!

So without further ado – The Winners!
  
THE WINNER OF THE
2015 WEP – HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS 
CHALLENGE IS:

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Alex said, "Not only did it use several of us in the story, (not that that swayed me), there were pop culture references and lots of humor. And presented in such a unique way! Hooked me immediately."

A world without war is the universal wish. If only.

Congratulations EC!
This is your year!




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An Amazon Gift Card of $10 will be winging your way shortly.

THE RUNNER UP OF THE
2015 WEP – HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS
CHALLENGE IS:

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Alex wrote, "This came across as a reporter’s story and it was so interesting because it was based on real facts about the International Space Station, ISS and more. Fascinating stuff."

I think we all learned something from reading Nila's non-fiction piece.
Congratulations Nila!



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THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE
2015 WEP – HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS CHALLENGE
GOES TO


Alex said, "Told from an alien’s point of view, this one had humorous elements. Dug the main character and would like to see more of him."

Despite his reluctance, alien, Lyd-Co found the Christmas Spirit and saved the holiday for a young believer.

Congratulations Olga!



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CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!

This year's entries included poetry, excerpts, and flashes that embraced the challenge's criteria.

Such as Book Lover's 'Earth Day'. Alex wrote of Donna's piece, "She told a solid story about young men and what they’re willing to do to gain an audience with a young woman. It had personality and could easily be a longer story." Donna's story made the short list!

We agree. So many of the stories could be expanded to either novellas or books. It's happened in the past, and it's what the WEP is all about.

The goal is to take on a challenge, surprise not only your readers but also yourself, and turn that experiment into a true masterpiece.


Excerpts such as

Poetry

Thanks everyone, for an exciting December!
You're all winners in our eyes!
Now the WEP will be taking a break 
as we all adjust our lives for the New Year.

But we'll be back in February 2016 with a new challenge!

Denise here. I want to thank Yolanda for helping me bring WEP back to life. She's learnt fast and is a fabulous partner. Thank you Yolanda! There would not have been these 3 challenges without you! And so much fun would have been missed!


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The #WEPFF has announced the winners of the WEP Holiday Celebrations Challenge.  @YolandaRenee @DeniseCCovey & http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2015/12/wepff-wep-holiday-celebration-winners.html







Tuesday, 1 December 2015

#WEPFF- HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS that are out of this world!


December is the month of celebrations worldwide, below is a list of just a few. For this challenge, we want you to give your favorite celebration a Science Fiction twist. This month's judge is Alex J. Cavanaugh, author of the Cassa Series and Dragon of the Stars.

Winter Holidays Around the World


Diwali - Recently celebrated, Diwali is also known as the festival of light is celebrated at the start of winter in India, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Fiji.

Hanukkah - Also known as Channukkah is a 'Festival of Lights'. One of the most important Jewish holidays.

Boxing Day - Also known as St. Stephen's Day, is celebrated the day after Christmas. On this day it is common to give gifts to the poor and needy.

Las Posadas - This is a traditional winter holiday celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala and Southern parts of United States of America.

St. Nicholas Day - This day is especially celebrated in Northern Europe on December 6. St. Nicholas was a protector of the weak against the rich and the strong.

St. Lucias Day - This is a winter holiday celebrated on December 13 in Sweden in honor of St. Lucia, who lived in the third century and is regarded as the patron of light.

Eid-al-Adha - This is a feast that is celebrated by Muslims, to commemorate Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, at the behest of God.

Kwanzaa - Literally meaning 'First Fruits', this has its basis on an ancient harvest festival of Africa which celebrates ideals like collective responsibility and work; self-determination; co-operation; purpose; creativity; faith; and unity.

Hogmanay - This is a Scottish word which means the last day of the year and is basically celebrating the New Year, according to the Gregorian calendar, in the Scottish way.

Japanese New Year - New Year celebration is one of the most major events in Japan. New Year's Eve is known as Omisoka in Japan. The Japanese spend a lot of time shopping and cleaning their houses in preparation for the new year. This symbolizes getting rid of the past and starting afresh.

For this month, we want you to take us out of this world, whether in a flash fiction piece, a non-fiction piece, a poetic interlude, maybe a photograph or an artwork with an otherworldly flavor and explanation for how it relates to the challenge. This time the sky's not the limit! Think on some of the holidays above and if you need more prompting, remember these are merely suggestions and in no way have to turn up in your entry.

Further prompts:

What if space travel was necessary?

- The world is succumbing to the abuse of its population, and flights to other planets occur regularly...or

- It's simply an opportunity to travel to other planets, say for vacation, a job opportunity, or because it's always been a dream, but you depart or arrive during the Holidays.

- How would you write a farewell scene that takes place on that special Holiday? It could be lovers, families, or friends that are departing.

- What if your job is the Entertainment Director of a new settlement? You have a diverse population, what would you do to celebrate the 'holidays' of the crowd or would you imagine an entire new celebration?

So, scriveners, use your experience, memories, or your out-of-control imagination to write a Holiday Celebration that is out of this World! Or a farewell that is of this world!

December 16 – 19
1000 words or less



Don't forget to share the Challenge!
Tweet one of these:

Do you have an idea for a Holiday celebration that's out of this world @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee join us http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2015/12/wepff-holiday-celebrations-that-are-out.html #WEPFF

Flash Fiction a Holiday that's out of this world What planet would you visit?@DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2015/12/wepff-holiday-celebrations-that-are-out.html #WEPFF


How would you celebrate the New Year in Space? Holiday Flash Fiction Challenge @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2015/12/wepff-holiday-celebrations-that-are-out.html #WEPFF



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