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Vote Now: Help Us Pick the Write It Your Way Competition Winner

In August we asked folks to submit their best tales or fictional stories that have a new beginnings theme. More than 150 writers sent in their short essays. We’ve whittled it down to our five favorites, but now we need your help selecting a winner. Here’s how you can help:

Read the five finalists listed below then cast your vote in the comments section in any of the posts for this competition (you can comment on this post or on your favorite story, whichever you prefer). Deadline to vote is October 1, 2012. Over vote per registered user.

Here are the finalists:
Cheerios and Coffee

The Shoes
New Year’s Morning
Honey and the Moon
A Fine Pickle

The more votes the better, so feel free to spread the word on your favorite social network with something like this:

Help @WritersDigest pick a winner for its Write It Your Way competition – http://bit.ly/NMGmn7

Award-winning writers start somewhere. Why don’t you start with us. Click here for a list of upcoming Writer’s Digest writing competitions.

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19 thoughts on “Vote Now: Help Us Pick the Write It Your Way Competition Winner

  1. TerryDassow

    I’d also like to vote for Honey and the Moon. I feel that this story was crafted by a writer with a distinct, unique voice. The topic is not necessarily new, but the style in which it was written left me wanting to read more work by this author.

  2. joandimasi

    I vote for Cheerios and Coffee. I enjoyed reading it and it held my interest. It had the Participation factor that I have been looking for since I read James V. Smith, Jr.’s book, “You Can Write A Novel.” I now look for this in all fiction. It was a nice story about how two people meet. It had detail, good characters, and it was well paced.

  3. Trenika

    Cheerios and Coffee and a Fine Pickle are undoubtedly the best.
    Cheerios and Coffee gets my vote. It is so fresh and witty that I marveled
    At every paragraph. The transitioning was flawless. I know that A Fine Pickle
    Probably carried more weight but it wasn’t as clean. Honestly the other stories
    Confused me a bit and I had to re read sentences.
    Sometimes you don’t want to think, you want to be transported with ease and
    That’s what both of the above mentioned stories did but Cheerios and Coffee comes
    Out on top hands down.

  4. fjbergmann

    “Honey and the Moon” was by far my favorite, and the best-written. Pity that the web personnel didn’t bother fixing all the places in these stories where spacing between words had obviously glitched. Most of the other stories were overwrought and tedious, and the insertion of the 9/11 date in the last story a poorly done, artificial contrivance. I dislike transparent cheap shots at manipulating the reader’s emotions.

  5. visualstoryteller

    A Fine Pickle gets my vote. Effective use of metaphor–“turning on a heel the diameter of a knitting needle” links back nicely to the three inch Pradas clacking down the hardwood stairs. The dialogue efficiently shows the contrasting character’s defining qualities and generates immediate empathy for Madelyn and mild disapproval for her impatient sister. A few more re-writes will make the surprise ending feel less contrived. Having said that, the ending (and the ambiguity–deliberate?) provides a great platform for a longer story. It made me want to turn the page to find out which appointment she misses, one leading to a shorter life for one the other for two (or three, or four)…there are many possibilities. Whether the writer wins the contest or not, this tale has the bones of a novel length piece worth writing (and reading). Well done.

  6. writergal76

    My favorite piece is “The Shoes.” The author builds conflict through a solid yet believable ending. Also, I loved that the protagonist is proactive. Debbie might not have been able to control her mother’s choices, but when it is time to make her own choice of whether to stay or to go, she is competent and strong. As a reader, I found myself rooting for Debbie and unsure of what she would do until she made her choice—a mark of good characterization and sustained suspense! Excellent writing. :)

  7. mig

    Thought for sure I was going to vote for Cheerios and Coffee—until I got to The Fine Pickle. Hard choice, they are so different. But I think The Fine Pickle is a bit more solid and a bit more depth. So, The Fine Pickle gets my vote. I enjoyed reading all five. Thank you!

  8. soumyalokula

    “The Fine Pickle” and “Cheerios and Coffee” both fall into my favourite bucket,but if i have to make a choice,i go for “Cheerios and Coffee”.I think the story is more crisp,precise and simple for most readers to understand.

  9. WillWorkForBooks

    I liked them all too, but I’m votinge for “The Shoes”. Just something about how it flowed and the way it ended, I felt that this one out of all of the others was about new beginnings.

  10. MJ Scafati

    All were fine stories. “A Fine Pickle” stood out as the best combination of “good story” and “well-told”, even if the WTC “twist” at the end seemed a little gimmicky and was given away too soon in the fourth to last paragraph. If you give the author a chance at some minor edits, the great reveal in the second to last paragraph could be made to be more clever, and thus a much more satisfying “ah-ha” moment for the reader. And finally, I’m 99% sure that the point is that they missed the disaster because she is late (pun intended), but the combination of the “abortion” and “execution” paragraphs put that interpretation in doubt for me– there are subtleties that the “scheduled abortion” implies that she and her baby do not survive the WTC disaster. Perhaps that could be tightened up as well– especially if the author’s intention is that it is either ambiguous, or that they affirmatively do not survive.

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