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Updated on March 24, 2014

AND THE TRUMPETS SOUND

Not so fast! I need to build up to this moment by dazzling you all with an introduction and then some heartfelt words of appreciation, so get comfortable and bear with me for awhile.

A month ago I issued a challenge to the HubPages Community, as fine a collection of writers as you are likely to find. I asked them to write a short story based on four pictures that I gave them as writing prompts. No other instructions were given other than that the entry had to be 1000 words or less.

Honestly I had no idea what to expect. I can say without a doubt that the number of entries was gratifying, and the quality of writing was exceptional.

Thank you for entering the contest.
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THE COMPETITORS

Unfortunately, one instruction I failed to give was to have each entrant give me their HP name. Thus, I have some entries with the real name of the writer but not their HP name, so I’m unable to give their link below. My apologies! If you leave your HubPages name in the comment section below I promise to provide a link to your work site on HP.

· These, then, are the writers who entered the contest:

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· Faith Reaper

Always Exploring

· Martie Coetser

· AustinHealy

· Annart

· Kathryn Stratford

· Chris Merritt

· Josephine Alexis-Hagues

· Kim Diaz

· Gypsy Rose Lee

· Randy Godwin

· Ghaelach (Jimmy White)

· Bravewarrior

· travel_man1971

· Gianandrea

· Mike Sharp

· Justateacher

· Rcrumple

· Ronald Kule

· Jon McCloskey

Twenty-three entries. Let the judging begin!

AND THE JUDGES WERE?

I decided to chicken out when it came to judging. I realized that I could not be objective considering the fact that there were several very close friends in the competition. So I turned the judging duties over to my wife Bev and her daughter Allora. I did, however, read each and every entry, and I reserved the right to have the final say in the voting.

As it turned out, I had absolutely no problem with the final choice made by the judges. The winning entry followed the guidelines perfectly and the author of that entry composed a short story that was exceptional and deserving of the prize.

The prize, of course, is a copy of my novel “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today,” and the fame that will obviously follow from having won this highly-acclaimed competition.

Sha aka Bravewarrior
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WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY

It is now time to announce the winner. I am proud to give you the winning entry, submitted by HubPages author Bravewarrior, also known as Sha to her friends here on HP.

You can see her entry here.

Timeless Love


I cannot print the hub because it is a duplication when I do so. You can see the winning entry here:

THANK YOU

Seriously, thank you to all who entered the contest. The response, with over 600 views, was incredible, and the writing only confirmed what I already knew, that I am surrounded by quality talent here on HubPages.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Awesome and huge congrats!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again Janine!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Congratulations Brave warrior! Billy, thank you for giving us all the opportunity to participate in this contest.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Woo hoo, CONGRATS Bravewarrior!!! Excellent write. Great choice judges!!!

      Thanks Bill for thinking of this fun contest, and all entries were so much fun to read, and it looks like I need to read more, as I had missed some.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great choice. Congrats Shauna.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fantastic. Do we now need to bow to bravewarrior? How do you bow on the internet?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for entering, Doc! I wish I had enough money that I could send everyone a copy of the book.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for entering, Faith. I simply could not judge because I know some of you too well. I think Bev and Allora did a fine job in picking the winner.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for entering, Gypsy! Great story you wrote.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I don't know if she expects it or not. LOL Check with her and see what the protocol is. :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Woohoo!! Congrats to you both, Billy and Sha!! The writing contest was a great success, and Sha did a great job! And so did everyone else..... Enjoyed this contest very much :)

      Thanks Billy ...... Sharing and all!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      You're too kind Billy. Is your book going to be on Amazon? I will purchase it then. Just let me know when it comes out. I really liked the idea of writing a story using photo prompts. It really made me think outside the box. Having such a vivid imagination, I'm wondering what else I could have come up with. Maybe I will try writing another story during my spare time just for practice. I won't publish it here. Anyways, thanks for challenging me.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a fun and phenomenal undertaking, Bill...I have been anxiously awaiting the results!

      I give a huge cyber-hug and CONGRATULATIONS to dear Shauna, whose excellent entry I was able to read.

      I am extremely grateful now to see the list of participants so I can catch up on those I have missed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lizzie! I had great fun with this and it seems like everyone else did as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc! The book already is on Amazon and it is also on hard copy. :) I'm really grateful that you entered the contest and I loved your story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you are a sweet, sweet lady. I loved all the entries and I was grateful that I didn't have to be the judge. :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thanks. I will check it out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Whoo hoo! You have made my day, Bill (and Bev and Allora!) I really enjoyed the challenge. I'd not written via photo promps before this. To be honest, the story didn't end the way I originally had it in my head. It changed as I went along. Apparently, writing by the seat of my pants (and wandering imagination) paid off!

      Thanks to all of you for your kind comments. I have a smile on my face bigger than Texas!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Great contest, billybuc, and I am Jon McCloskey; haha.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This was a great idea Bill. I never got a story going to enter, but I am glad to see wo many took up the challenge.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, this was fun but I'll not be doing it again anytime soon :). seriously; I think everyone who took part has gain valuable experience, I know I did, so thank you gain.

      bravewarrier, job well done, congratulation.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, your entry was great and I thank you for entering. I'll get your book in the mail in the next few days.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi, Jon! Thank you so much for entering. I'm glad Bev did the judging because I was having a real hard time with so many good entries.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      xstatic, thank you so much! I had great fun with this contest and the entries were great.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you are sweet. You did a great job on this; better than I would have done for sure. Thank you so much for entering.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub! Congrats to the winner! I will read her hub soon. Well-done to Bravewarrior, you, your Bev & her daughter Allora!

      Thanks for SHARING. Interesting. Voted up

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      tobusiness and iswaryaa22, thank you for the congrats! I'm on cloud nine!

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      Kim Diaz 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      YAY for SHA!!!! Wonderful on your win! Great story with feeling and potent ending. I am very happy for you! Thanks Bill for the opportunity...can't wait for the next one!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ishwaryaa...you are kind to say so.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, just don't fall off of that cloud. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you for entering the contest. I loved all of the stories. All of you did a great job with this contest. I'll have to dream up a new one and give you another chance. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Kim, I'm so glad you liked my story. I'm going to read the others that I wasn't able to find while the contest was going on.

      Bill, you gave me this cloud, now let me ride on it at least for a few hours more! :-)

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This contest with photo prompts was one of your many great ideas, Bill. I've enjoyed reading the stories (though I think I fell a bit behind while I was sick, so have a few more to read). Bev and Allora did a good job of judging, and I congratulate Sha on her winning entry. (Wonderful tale, by the way. That one I did read.)

      What's up next? LOL

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you have until tomorrow; then I'm taking your cloud back. LOL I'm glad you are happy my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jaye and I hope you are feeling much better. I still have to read the end of your series. It is saved and waiting for me to drop my other projects. What's up next? I have too many ideas; I think that is my main problem in life. LOL

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      This is brilliant Billy ; I just didn't get round to posting an entry but that didn't stop me from reading the stories of others and a great huge congratulations to Bravewarrior .

      A brilliant writer and a very dear friend.

      I vote this one up,across and share all around.

      I am sure she is thrilled to have won that precious prize.

      Lots of love .

      Eddy.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Congrats to Bravewarrior! I only read a couple of the contest entries, but I can see why hers would be the wining story. It was beautiful!

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      MzChaos 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      Did you happen to give runner up or 3rd place status? And....would you consider posting the links to the other stories as well? Just a thought.

      I saw the contest but I thought you would have so many entries... if I wrote something it would get kind of lost...23 isn't so bad. Maybe you will do this again sometime??

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, she is thrilled and I am very happy for her. Now I hope she likes my book. LOL

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, thank you for entering the contest. I loved your entry and I appreciate you taking the time to join in on the fun.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Eddy and Katherine, thank you for your comments. You know how much I love you, Eddy!

      Bill, it you don't mind, I'll keep my cloud at hand. I'm only 5'2", so when I fall off I don't have far to go to climb back on!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MzChaos, not, I did not award 2nd and 3rd place prizes. I just wanted this to be an informal, fun event, and I think it turned out that way.

      As for another one? I can see that happening after I get some other projects done.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Congratulations, Shauna!

      Her story was indeed captivating with a very surprising end. The kind of story that stays in one's mind. Thanks again, Billy, for giving us fiction writers the opportunity to 'perform'.

      What next?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...you do that, Sha!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Martie, and thank you for entering. Your story was quite good, and I enjoyed all the entries. I'll have to dream up a new contest in the near future as soon as I get a few more things done on my to do list.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, my cyber-perspectives-sister, I love you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice choice of cyber-sisters, Sha! :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, thats a great way to do a contest, and congrats to the winner, I am off to read it now!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Nell! It was great fun and the entries were fantastic!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      First, i want to thank you again Bill for the oppurunity to write a story using promps, my first, and i really enjoyed it. I have not read all of the entries, but i plan to do that. What struck me as amazing was the different directions we all took. Congratulations to the winner. Hopefully we will get the chance to do this again...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What a great winner in bravewarrior, I just read it! Congratulations to all the entrants, great to receive such a response! Sorry time was not on my side to enter unfortunately. delighted with the winner, what a talent!

      Well done my friend for this great idea for HP writers. Bev and her daughter did well!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzie! I had great fun with this and I was astounded by the quality of writing. They all did very well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I thought of that too. Take twenty-three people and give them the same format, and all of them head off in different directions. That really is quite remarkable.

      Thank you again my friend for taking part in this. We will definitely do it again.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill. What a great idea this was and I'm glad so many people jumped in. Hopefully next time I can get onboard. The winning Hub is just that, a winner. Great job.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, 23 entries is excellent! And 600 views is also none to shabby! I wonder if HP has ever done a creative writing contest? I don't think I've seen that done here, at least while I've been around.

      Congrats to Brave Warrior!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      How exciting this was for all involved. I knew better than to attempt this task and after reading through the list of entrants, I am relieved that I showed such wisdom. What a task it must have been to choose. I don't blame you for chickening out. :-)

      This was a very creative project and I too contratulate both you and bravewarrior!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like a great and fun time was enjoyed by all, and congrats, Sha!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill! They all did a great job with this and I was really pleased with the response.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa! I was kind of expecting the 23 entries but never would have guessed we would get 600 views. I would call this a success for sure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I am very glad I chickened out. Bev and Allora had one hell of a time deciding, but I think they got it right.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it turned out really well I thought. One of my better ideas. :) Thank you as always.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Bill, I'm sure you picked the right winner. Bravewarrior has written a wonderful story. :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thumbs up for Bravewarrior!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Wise move, letting someone else judge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Made,and for Sha I thank you for reading her story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree Michelle! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martin! It was the only solution that made sense to me. :)

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      It's always enjoyable to read your hubs, Bill. Your enthusiasm inspires me even more to compete in a short story competition here in Finland. I have already written the short story, but I'm not sure if it's finished yet. I'll probably put some more effort into it, because I still have a few weeks time.

      Sha's short story is very inspirational too. I hope I'll find some time to read some of the other short stories.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, that is exciting that you entered a contest. Good luck my dear friend. That makes me very happy.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Thank you! :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What a great contribution to Hubville! Bill you must be the mayor. Your idea was fabulous, prompting everyone to want to write and it was nice of Bev and her daughter to do the judging.

      Congrats to Brave Warrior and all who entered. We have a lot of good reading to catch up on ;)

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Chris Merritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thumbs up to your pick Bravewarrior! I also appreciate your challange to enter this contest of yours. I don't normally let myself wonder off on a fiction. I love doing it, because I always have a good time doing it....I just normally find excuses NOT to do it.

      I am going to spend my next few days on my lunch break going through the many entries.

      Chris

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I love HubPages. I don't make any money but I love the people I have met and that's what makes it all worth it. If I can give back then I am very happy. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, thank you so much for entering. If I were a rich man I would just send a copy of my book to everyone who entered. Sigh, that is not the case. Happy reading my friend and thanks again.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great contest Bill. Congratulations to bravewarrior.

      Thank you for listing all of the entrants I can now catch up on those I missed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosemay! I appreciate you reading the entries; they all did a great job.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Great job on your contest and congratulations to Bravewarrior and everyone else who wrote a story.So many good stories.Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, thank you! It was a lot of fun and the entries were great.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bill....It was a wonderful project for you to take on....and a special opportunity for the entrants. Congratulations to you for rounding up such an excellent group of talented writers!

      And Sha....A special Congrats to YOU, as the winner! We're all proud of you. Every hub submitted was wonderful. You GO, girl!...UP++

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Congratulations to bravewarrior! Congratulations also to you Billy, for spurring us on to stretch our imaginations. The exercise did me good and I'm now going to publish my story as a hub; thought doing it before the close might be a no-no, not sure why! It's given me the confidence to try other writing competitions, so thanks again - what an inspiration you are! (too many exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy, I cannot wait to read the entries.

      Cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, thank you! I was very pleased with the response to my little contest, and I was very happy that Sha won.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Ann, that is sweet of you. Thank you for entering and for writing such a wonderful short story. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, thank you once again for the visit. You are such a loyal follower and I am very appreciative.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      To all whom I have not personally responded, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm just tickled pink with this win!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, a well-deserved win for sure.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Congrats, bravewarrior. The title alone catches the imagination of the readers.:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Travel....Sha did a great job, as did you. Thank you for entering the contest.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a wonderful and creative idea! Congratulations to Bravewarrior and all of the other contributors. I read some great entries. Bravo!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you as always Tammy! They were all great essays and I'm glad I didn't have to judge them. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      travel man, I am off to read you now. I can't find your story, what's it called?

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      rosika 4 years ago

      Just read the interesting story of a winner.......great choice Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I hope you found it....it's under travel_man; I thought I put a link to it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Rosika! Sha wrote a very good story.

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      Gianandrea Maoli 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Billy,

      Gianandrea here! My HP name is gmaoli. This was a good choice...I think the story flowed very well with the introduction you gave and it turned out to have a happy ending. Congrats, bravewarrior!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gianandrea, thank you very much and I agree that Bravewarrior's submission was very good. I appreciate you taking the time to enter. I hope you enjoyed the experience.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, travel man's link takes us to his homepage. I didn't see a title identifying the contest entry. What is the story called?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I have no idea. LOL I don't have the stories any longer. :) Sorry!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      It was a great story and this was a great idea for a hub! You ought to do it annually. I envy those people who can write creatively.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's okay, Glimmer; I envy those of you who can write SEO flawlessly. :) Thanks again my Glimmer friend.

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