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Finalists and Voting! Red Heart :: Black Heart Writing Contest

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We received about 650 entries for our Valentine's Day writing
contest, and narrowed the field down to 10 finalists. Now you get to
choose the winner! Visit our forum and vote for the essay, letter, or poem that most strikes your juicy-red or bitter-black heart. The winner receives a $250 shopping spree at WritersDigestStore.com, as well as a personal congratulations from me (and a box of chocolates).

The
WD staff chose 46 entries overall to be included in a contest
compilation, which will be available as a free download from our site by
Feb. 14. You can see if you made the finalist list here.

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