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Writing Contests: The BillyBuc Fiction Writing Contest

Updated on January 11, 2013

ARE YOU READY TO STRUT YOUR STUFF?

I think it’s about time to give all of you exceptional writers a chance to show what you are made of. Do you have some serious game in this writing business or not? Do you have what it takes to succeed? Well now is the time to find out, don’t you think?

Welcome to the first ever Billybuc Fiction Writing Contest. Simmer down; I know you are excited, but let me explain before you just start writing without directions.

Yes, you have a chance to win the highly-coveted Billybuc Fiction Writing Contest, a contest, I might add, that is soon to become a worldwide phenomena. Literary scholars far and wide will be talking about this award, and you have the opportunity to be the first to win….the first name inscribed on the virtual trophy! How cool is that?

THE RULES

Deadline for entries is January 31, 2013, so you have three weeks to finish your entry.

Entries must be 1000 words or less.

All entries must be fictional, and all must follow the photo prompts provided in this article.

Entries must be sent to the following email address: holland1145@yahoo.com

All entries must have the words ‘writing contest’ in the subject line of the email

All entries must come as an attachment and a Word Doc.

The coveted prize
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WHAT DO YOU WIN?

Oh, this is the exciting part, so hold onto your hats. There will be only one winner, and that lucky soul will win an autographed copy of my novel “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today.” In addition, your winning entry will be posted in one of my Hubs in February and will be seen by an audience of between 1 and 150,000 people.

You might need to sit down right now and take a deep breath. I don’t want you hyper-ventilating from too much excitement.

Sam's home where he lived with Delores
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Morton, WA | Source
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Sam, Delores, and child | Source

LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS WORKS

Below you will find part of a short story I have written, and on the right you will see the photos that prompted the story.

SAM'S LEGACY

He died at the age of one hundred and eight years. On the bone-chilling afternoon of December 17, 1970 they found his body. A belt was cinched around his neck and the other end attached to a light fixture on the ceiling of his bedroom. His feet dangled a mere two inches from the Oriental rug that always guarded the end of his bed. Directly to the right of his body was the stool he had stood on, now toppled on its side, a piece of notebook paper pinned to it.

The bedroom was unremarkable in appearance; it had served as the sleeping chamber of Sam and Delores Conrad for thirty-seven years, since the day the house had been completed and they had moved their belongings into the modest, brick, Depression-era home in north Tacoma. Two dressers, a footlocker, a sewing machine, and a make-up table joined the four poster bed to complete the furnishings. Memories of their lifetime hung from every available space on the walls: a smiling young couple with two small children in hand; a Model T Ford with waving hands sprouting from the windows; fountains and bare legs; a picnic by a seashore; lunch at a lakefront cabin. And many, many more, proof that this family, all now finally departed, had once been vibrant, dynamic and happy.

One hundred and eight years. Sam had been born on October 13th in the year 1862, a year before Henry Ford entered this world and President Lincoln dedicated a cemetery in Pennsylvania. His family had been Iowa corn farmers and had moved west on the Oregon Trail when Sam was six; a brother and sister had died of cholera making that passage, leaving Sam as the only Conrad offspring. Along the path of his life he had been a logger, fisherman, trapper, mill worker, and twenty-five other jobs sprinkled through his life. The last thirty years of employment were spent longshoring on the docks of Tacoma, retiring when he reached sixty-five. A small party, some cards, handshakes and a gold anchor key chain ushered him into the life of retirement. Nothing ostentatious, just like Sam. At his retirement party his handshake had still been firm, for he was a big man, honed by years of physical labor in the weather of the Northwest. At his apex he had been 6'2” and a rock-hard 230 pounds. The body hanging from the ceiling had lost several inches and eighty of those pounds.

But all of that was just background, window-dressing for the larger story, insignificant unless viewed from the perspective of what Sam considered of central importance in his life.

Her name was Delores Fleming and he had first met her in the little town of Morton, Washington, in 1895. He was thirty-three, she twenty-seven. It was late afternoon on a day in May; he was bone-tired from working twelve hours of felling trees and bucking limbs and was trudging along Main Street towards the boarding house where he ate and slept. She, the daughter of the general store owner, was sweeping the wooden steps that led to the store. Not seeing Sam she swept a cloud of dust squarely into his face and their lives together had commenced.

DO YOU GET THE PICTURE? (yes, that was a pun)

So there you have it. Your quest is clearly outlined for you to follow. Are you up for it? If so, the picture prompts for your fictional short story can be found below. They must be used in the order that they appear, from top to bottom.

I wish you all luck, and I hope you have fun accepting the challenge.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your mind is always going, no one could ever call you a slacker...good luck to the contestants!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Bill this sounds awesome and will have to think about a possible submission of I ever get another free moment of peace around these parts. You are awesome and love this idea!! Have shared this one all over and also voted, too!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I'm loving life, and writing is a huge part of that love and passion. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine; I'll be amazed if you find the time to do this, but I hope you do.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Billybuc, have you had a day off since finishing 365/365? Great idea for the contest!

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I never know what you are going to think of next. Good luck to all the participants and good luck to you having to judge all the contest entries. ;-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I have never written fiction..Not sure about this...but I am sure you will get a gazillion entries. Good luck and it is a creative idea as you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Innerspin, the day off is coming tomorrow. I was laughing about that yesterday....my new plan for changing priorities is working, believe it or not. I'm more organized and have specific time set aside for each pursuit. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jeannie; I never know what I'm going to think of either, and that's a little scary. LOL

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, what a fab idea! And now you get to be a 'judge' as well as all of you other jobs :o) You certainly like to keep yourself busy young man!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Carol; fiction is a whole new ballgame for sure. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, for calling me a young man you are now among my favorite writers. LOL Thank you! I love writing....I never get tired of it, and I have ideas overflowing in my brain. :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, Billy, this is a fantastic idea! Oh, I meant to say, 'young man'! Am I among your favorite writers now :))

      I can see the Teacher in you now...... Ready to correct all those papers, LOL. I don't know if I can participate in the contest, but I am already looking forward to reading the winner's story!

      Sharing this everywhere :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Lizzie, you will always be one of my favorites. Call me anything that you want. LOL

      Thanks as always. I hope you are well and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      bill

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      What a great idea (as usual)! :) If I'd have the time, energy, fantasy and be able to write fiction in English, this contest would be a nice challenge. Good luck to all fiction writers! Good luck with selecting the winner, Bill!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nice idea Bill, and how great could it be to share this idea with a group of high school students? Hope a few teachers get some ideas about this, too.Thanks for the neat perspective in writing, my friend. whonu

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill, Sounds like a challenge. I might take you up on this one. I see a comedic tale, no, a mystery, no, a tale of misery and ... no, anyway, we'll see! : ) Good job, my friend!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      sounds like fun! Might just try it!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That house is fantastic looking! I hope I have the time to participate in this, but I'll have to see how life treats me in the coming days.

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      Kim Diaz 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      hmmmmm...looks very interesting...3 weeks to complete, huh? We shall see...keep those brain cells poppin, Bill..

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You are one incredible man! This is a fabulous challenge. I'm not one to enter contests. But, I'm thinking about this one. Whether I enter or not, I just think this is an amaziing opportunity.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I suspect you have the fantasy to write fiction, but I doubt you have the time or energy. You stay pretty busy young lady. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend in snowy Finland.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Whonu, I had never thought of that, which is a bit weird since I was a teacher. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, you could definitely do this with your imagination and humor. Hope you do, buddy, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Randi, I hope you do. Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, it is my favorite house in Olympia. Just gorgeous, isn't it? I hope you enter. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, there are times I can't stop the brain from poppin. :) Thank you and enjoy your weekend in NY.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Marlene! I hope you enter! Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Sounds great Bill...I may give it a whack!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Very interesting said the frog, a hopingly great idea!

      Mark

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great idea Bill. Might give it a shot. You have definitely created some buzz here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      xstatic, I hope you do! Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....hop on by, Mark, and give it a try! Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm a buzz creator! LOL I hope you enter; might be fun!

      Have a great weekend!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      You have lost your mind. Don't you ever sleep? lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, sleep is highly overrated. :) Thanks for the compliment. LOL

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      OMG .. .. you are a mind of activity, I LOVE this idea and there are ideas buzzing here here this side of the pond! Love to give this a whirl if I can put in the time . . . Thumbs up to you once again, you are tireless!!!!!!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      This looks like tons of fun. You are a wealth of ideas! I hope I find the time to enter.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Suzie, how ya doing? Tireless? I'm not sure, but I do know my mind seems to come up with ideas without any effort on my part. :) I hope I never run out of ideas or my writing career will be in a world of hurt.

      I hope you have time to enter my friend; thank you and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I hope you find the time too. Best of luck to you and thank you for the visit.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Bill,

      Good luck with the contest. It sounds like a lot of fun. It's too bad I'm not a fiction writer.

      I tweeted your Hub. I hope that helps with the publicity.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Daisy! I appreciate you sharing this! Have a nice weekend!

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      I want to contest! I will try to finish the short-story before the deadline.

      Thanks for giving an opportunity to people,buddy. :-)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Okay, now you've gone and done it, on top of everything else I have to try to write a story....why you say? I want to win your book!

      Voted up and interesting...this one could use a unique button!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, my pleasure! I look forward to your entry!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I hope you find the time to do so....I'd love to have you win the contest. :) Have a great weekend....unique...I like that.

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      Gianandrea Maoli 4 years ago from South Carolina

      billybuc, this looks like a great idea! I'm actually working on it and may have something for you soon! I can't promise you it will be stellar, but I'm willing to give it a shot. Thanks for doing this!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Sounds like fun. Good luck on this.

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      Sharal-Barboza 4 years ago

      OMG... This is so cool. You've really got me thinking for ideas. It probably won't be all that great but I'm going to give it a shot. Thanks :)

      P.S - Don't you ever sleep? Where do you get such wonderful ideas from? :P lol

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      What a great idea! You are such a wonderful community member and always inspire us to push ourselves in writing. I am not sure I can do this due to my work and personal schedule, but I wish all the contestants the best. Can't wait to see the results. (Your book give away is a great prize!) Voted way up!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      I shall accept the challenge presented and wish all who choose to participate good luck.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful ides Billy and I am most definitely up for it. You are bringing so much joy and creativity into our lives Billy and for that I am so grateful. I am all for living the simple life but one progress I am eternally grateful for is the internet and all else that come with it. I cannot now imagine a life without the friends I have made right here on HubPages.

      I shall begin to jot my ideas down for this competition and here's to a great weekend for you and Bev.Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      gmaoli, great! I am looking forward to seeing your entry. Good luck my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martin! It should be fun!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharal, thank you for participating! As for sleep, I actually do....but I stay pretty busy when I'm awake. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I just enjoy HubPages, and if I can give back to the community then I am happy to do so. This should be fun; I'm looking forward to the entries. Thank you as always and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Jon! I got your entry; thanks for being a part of this little contest. Good luck and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, thanks so much for participating, and for your kind words. I thought it sounded like a fun idea; I'm looking forward to the results. Have a great day my dear friend.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Very very interesting my friend - and i ditto what Eddy said - minus the promise to participate..

      Hmmmm...i have never written fiction nor thought about it...

      Hmmmm...

      Hmmmmm...i'll have to think on this a spell...i just don't know how 'imaginative' i am in this arena, lol - my old head is already so stuffed full - i get 'reality hangovers'. Now you want to give me 'fiction hangovers tooooo???...LOL...xx

      (hope you don't mind if i hang a bit and stare at the pics a while?...lol)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, hang out in my neighborhood as long as you like! You raise the property value every time you stop by. :)

      I would love to see you write fiction for this....hell, toss in a NRA theme...I know you are up for that. LOL

      Thanks my dear; sending love your way from Oly

      bill

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub! Your contest sounds very exciting! There is no doubt that many would be very enthusiastic to take part in your contest and win the coveted prize - your book. All the best to the participants and good luck to you for being the judge. I will definitely read your upcoming hub in February about the winner. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up and shared both on HubPages and Facebook

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ishwaryaa, you are such a good person. Thank you for your positive attitude. I look forward to reading the entries. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      awesome Bill. I like your creativity in starting this new thread.

      Will try my best to participate. Am sharing it across to my followers. The wider audience, the better :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing, Ruchira! I think it will be fun to see the creativity in these entries.

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi billy, and what a great idea this is. You're the startling and creative individual type, who is always seeking for new ideas.

      Voted up

      John

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      hi Bill, nice creative idea. I don't know if I will be taking part in this contest but I do want to win the prize :D

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      Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      You're so full of energy! Nice idea. My first love of writing started with writing fiction - haven't really written fiction in ages. I'll think about this, but plenty of other things to do too, ai yai yai! What will you do with the entries you don't publish? Can the authors still use them themselves? Should the pictures be inserted into the word document too, or can they be left out? (just in case I get a chance to do this, lol.)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a great idea, and a superb prize, too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! It just seemed like a fun challenge that some might like to try. I'm looking forward to the entries.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr_veg, I hope you can take part in this; I've got a book with your name on it waiting for you. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, most definitely, the non-winners can have their entries to do with as they please....I don't think the pictures would be necessary. Thanks as always for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Deb, thank you for those kind words. Much appreciated!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Congratulations on your novel, as well as the novel idea of this contest, Bill... Your energy and positive spirit is beautiful.

      Love, Maria

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Just to clarify, we are supposed to create our own story? Congrats on your novel. Way to go dude. I so enjoy following you. I look for your hubs every day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria! It's always a pleasure having you stop by.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lamb, you can't be an ignoramus and spell ignoramus correctly. LOL You create your own story.

      Thank you for your kind words and for following so loyally.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on the novel. This sounds really fun and is definitely creative. Nice way of presenting some fun for the new year.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a super idea Bill. You know how to keep everyone busy. Lol. Good luck to everyone who takes part.

      Congrats on your novel by the way

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You have thrown out a very big challenge with the diversity of the photos. If i can find my creative imagination I hope to make a stab at it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tireless, thank you! I hope people have fun with it! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosemay; I had a blast writing the novel. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lamb, I hope you do; thanks again and have a great weekend.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Okay...I'm gonna try...we'll see how it goes! Thanks for doing this!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher, I'm excited that you are going to do this. I look forward to your entry. Thank you!

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      What an exciting idea! Can't wait to see who wins :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Such an exciting idea Bill. Gee you got me trying to figure out what to say about a garage door and what's behind it. Don't know if anything will come out but I'll let you know. Right now I've sort of spread myself all over poetry land but who knows. Perhaps. Thanks for putting up this inspirational challenge. Passing it along to my followers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Qudsia, I'm excited as well! Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy! I'm just trying to add a little fun to the daily writing grind. It will be interesting to see what we get.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      That sounds like fun for fiction writers! Good luck to all. What a great idea Bill! You'll be reading a lot in the next couple of weeks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I'm looking forward to the entries. Thank you as always for your visit, and have a lovely Sunday!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Well, not enough time to accept on my part, but I sure enjoyed the photos here!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      The story so far has been great Bill, wonder what turns it will take in the perspective of the contestants. Great idea and I wish all the contestants the best of luck!

      Look forward to reading the climax of a good story. Sharing it across to announce this interesting contest to many more hubbers. Cheers, Rema.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      This one's well-subscribed, billybuc. You're on a winner with it. January 31st, eh? Let's see now... Let me get back to you on that one [scribble, scribble, scribble - that's the rough done].

      By the way, where do we write our entries, on our own domains?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rema! I'm looking forward to all the entries. I appreciate you taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, you can do whatever you want with your entry.....just send me a copy so I can judge it for the contest. Thank you!

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      What an interesting idea, hum. Great hub and photos!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Ruby! My imagination is quite active. :)

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Great idea and very unique. Love the photo of the house, it is like fairy tale house. I haven't written fiction in years so we will see . . .

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, truthfornow, I hope you enter. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Cool! I may find time to slip in an entry before the deadline, Billy. But you know how long winded I tend to be with my tales. Only a 1000 words may be tough for me. lol! Sounds fun!

      SSSSS

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randy, I look forward to seeing if you can do it....I have faith in you. :) Thank you!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      So this is what we have to do to snag an autographed copy of your book?! Well, that is pretty darn brilliant. I look forward to reading the winner! And I have been out of town for a few days, but it doesn't look like you have taken any time off....you just can't give it up, can you?!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I seem to have writing in my blood! I think I need a transfusion. LOL

      Yep, it should be fun; are you going to enter? Come on, you know you want one of my books!

      bill

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I do, I do!! But it would require me to get off my butt and actually write something.....we shall see. Maybe I'll submit something under my "as-of-yet-not-so-famous" pen names...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Melissa, I would know. :) Well, hope springs eternal young lady!

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Bill! This looks like fun.. I've been out of the loop for a little while now and need something to get back in the swing of things, so may have a go at this... no promises now though, and stories aren't really my forté... :-) Good to be back though, all the best, Jen

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, it is good to have you back. I hope your absence wasn't because of any problems and that you are well and happy. Thank you for stopping by; I hope you give it a go and enter. :)

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Ah Bill... sometimes the kindness of strangers-who-are-friends-really is all a person needs to make them smile... Looking forward to transatlantic hugs and tea, and spent half the night mulling over my first line... Lol :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, that first line is oh so important. LOL Hope you got some sleep! hugs

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Hi, Bill...I'm so glad you had this idea, and your photo prompt of a big Victorian-style house immediately set my creative juices flowing. I couldn't resist! Hope you get lots of entries, as it will be interesting to see how other writers reacted to the prompts.

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jaye! There have been some interesting entries so far; it really is a great writing exercise. I hope you enter as I'm sure you will have something special to share with us.

      bill

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Right, Billy, go onto my site and check out "BATESMANIA - A Limey Goes to Washington (State)".

      I couldn't wrestle it down to less than 1200-odd words but I think you'll appreciate its cross-Atlantic flavour (nice exercise, but it ain't competition material). It's almost 2am here, so time for beddy-byes and warmth (my feet feel funny)! The weather's coming from Greenland lately, not a cloud in the sky and frosty to the point of polar.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I saw it and I loved it. Nicely done my friend!

      Stay warm and thanks for playing around with my little idea.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Billy, this sounds like an awesome challenge. I will try and see if I come up with something before the deadline.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Bill. Not for me this one. I wish you well with it, yet another inspirational effort from you. Keep showing the way Bill.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Doc! I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Graham! I understand, but thank you for the well-wishes.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Mine is done. Sending it through email now. I see JayeWisdom published hers here already, so I will do likewise. Great idea Bill. I love the competition and I especially like working with prompts.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Cam! I look forward to reading yours. Thank you for entering!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! I just found this. I would love to give it a shot. It may be challenging given the fact that we have to write around the given photos, but then I've written a couple of poems and short stories to accompany paintings my brother has created. So.....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot,. Sha, I hope you give it a shot. Why not? You have nothing else to do, right? LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm at the computer as we speak. My creative wheels are spinning! I've added a new title to my 'short stories' folder and have paragraph one down!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I am looking forward to it my friend. I'm excited for you now that a weight has been lifted from you.

      love always,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      We'll see about that, Bill. I've learned to believe it when I see it when it comes to promising rewards actually being held true!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we shall see. I'm crossing my fingers and sayin' a prayer or two.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I'm on the nick of time, Sir Bill (lol). I hope I can grab a copy of your self-autographed book.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      travel_man, good to have you entering the contest! Best of luck!

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thank you, Sir. My English words are limited (lol). I already emailed it for you to review.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No worries, Travel_man...I look forward to reading it later this month.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Giving this a try Billy..fun fun! Thanks for some great pictures to work with..really made me go in some strange places..haha

      Sunnie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sunnie; I look forward to your entry!

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      Megan Harvison 4 years ago from SW Florida

      Wow I wish I could write fiction...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Learning....my novel was the first fiction I had written....someday maybe you'll give it a try. :)

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      Megan Harvison 4 years ago from SW Florida

      I've always wanted to but time will tell

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Learning, it will indeed. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a great undertaking! I hope one day to be able to write for pleasure and not money and get back into some fiction. This is such a great idea!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Tammy! I'm not nearly there yet; the need to pay bills still keeps me doing SEO a majority of my writing time....but I'm getting better.

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Hi Bill.

      Two Q about the contest.

      (1). When I send you the e-mail do I have to send the photo's with the e-mail?

      (2). Do I publish the hub with HP the same as a normal hub?

      Got my story waiting to send, just waiting for your reply.

      Take care and have agreat weekend

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Ghaelach,

      1) no, you do not have to send the photos in the email

      2) yes, you can publish your story as a hub

      Thank you for entering and good luck!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, we can publish our entries? I thought perhaps that might be cheating a bit. Hmmmm.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, for sure publish it! I see no reason why not.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I will be watching for the latest entries to Bill's contest to be published. I expect to be impressed with the various ways writers interpreted his photo prompts. This is a great exercise in fiction writing from Bill (forever a teacher). He may feel as though he's grading papers again once he begins judging the entries, but his contest is encouraging short fiction writing on HP...and that's great!

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, thank you! I appreciate your kind words; it was my hope to encourage others to venture into the fiction genre; judging from the number of entries, I've accomplished that goal to a certain extent. :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      bb, awesome idea. Not sure if I can get the creative juices flowing in time, but I look forward to reading the winners story in one of your hubs. How you find the time to write and come up with these wonderful ideas I will never know. Now to go and gaze at the picture prompts and try and force my brain to work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, thank you! Writing really does come natural to me; my main opponent in the struggle is time. :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a creative project! Good luck reading all of the submissions that go your way. Wouldn't it be fantastic if someone's idea for a short story to enter into your contest turned into something that inspires him/her to write a full book?!

      One of those pictures is pretty- the one with the winding river. That alone could be inspiring.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, I want to so badly. I just read Sunnie's story and it was super scary! I gotta go back and look at the pictures....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, that would indeed be fantastic! The picture you referred to is the Yellowstone River flowing through the Hayden Valley in the Park.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I do hope you enter. I haven't allowed myself to read the stories yet; I'm waiting until I have them all together at the end of the month.

      Have a great weekend my friend and thank you!

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      Barb Abbott 4 years ago from Ranger, West Virginia

      How do you start writing on this and what about the copyrights? I have a whole head full of stories and stuff but no way I would share til I found out more.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gosh, Barb, I have no idea. The copyright is yours automatically. This is just my own personal fun fest. :) I have no desire to publish any of these entries. Thanks for considering and I hope you enter.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I'm looking through these picture prompts to see what I can come up with.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I hope you come up with something. I would love to send you a book for top prize. :)

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey, Bill. I've been trying to read everyone's entries--those published on HP. that is--and have found some of them, but I wonder if there's an easier way to to find others.

      Perhaps you could give us a list of the entries if you have the time. If not, no problem. I've been enjoying the one's I've found so far as it's interesting to see the different plots derived from the photos.

      Or perhaps someone else could point me in the right direction?

      --RG

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Randy, I'm not sure there is a direction to point you in. Not everyone posted their entries as a hub. Let me give it some thought and maybe tomorrow I can give you a list. Thanks for taking the interest in it.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      As I said, no big deal, Bill. A couple of us were just discussing if there was an easier way to find them and I thought perhaps someone might know. A fun story challenge at any rate.

      --RG

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll still see what I can do, Randy! Thanks for following it!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      We just made a major move, so I only now found out about your exciting contest! Very intriguing photos and I love your well-written short story. I can't wait to see the big contest winner! My best wishes to everyone who enters the contest.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, nice to see you again and thank you! I hope the move went well and that you are happy!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Lovely idea, Billybuc. I hope I will get the time to participate. I love contests like this. Are we supposed to publish the story, or send it to you before publishing?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Martie, and thanks! You can do both; publish it as a hub and send it to me for the contest. :)

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      I think I might try this if I get some time = ) Just to clarify, we must use all the photos in that order, correct ?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bizarrett, yes, the stories must be in order....I hope you give it a try. Thank you!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I am really enjoying reading all of the entries. They go in so many different directions, with a variety of characters. billybuc, you have your hands full now. Good luck with the judging.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cam, in all honesty I did not expect this many entries. I do, indeed, have my work cut out for me. :) It's a nice problem to have.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I agree, Chris. I think I've read and commented on most of the entries, at least those published on here. Some great imagination used by the writers, and this of course, is the whole idea.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I have a FB page where I promote the writing of different freelancers to a rather small audience, but I am posting some of the entries there to so my followers on that page can see what's going on.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Gotta link to this page, Chris? I didn't see it listed on your main FB profile. Or is it a private page?

      --RG

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chris! It's been great fun so far!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I ran into technical difficulties trying to link them all together. Sorry about that.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Is it a story for each picture, or one using them all? Sorry, I just like to be 100% sure what I am doing = )

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks for trying anyway, Bill. I know you are very busy so don't worry yourself with it. :)

      Too bad HP is so anal about posting links as a forum thread about your contest would be the easiest solution for finding the entries. Ah well, it is what it is.

      --RG

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Randy, here is that FB link. Yes, it is a private page that I am trying to build. I need three more followers and the FB will give me more tools to build it with, so Like the page if you want it to feed into your FB page.

      http://www.facebook.com/cam8510?ref=hl

      Right now I call it "Chris Mills Features Freelance Writers." I will probably change it to something else without my name in it.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I've been looking under a few of the Topics and finding more entries that way.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks Chris, I checked it out along with the Flash Fiction site you recommended the other day, The FF site is interesting and I'll probably send a few entries to the contests when I get the chance. Thanks again for your help! :)

      --RG

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bizarrett, one story using all four pictures. :) Don't worry about it...I like questions so that all confusion is eliminated.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Randy, Keep in mind at the FF site that for a small fee, Vic will help you revise one of your stories to the point that it will usually be published on the site and then entered into the contests. I learned a lot by sending three to him and working through them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randy, I know what you are saying.....or too bad I'm so anal. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, thank you for doing that; greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, Randy, thank you both!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes, I read Vic's post about help for getting one's stories published there. A very useful aid I would imagine. I'm pleased you found it worthy of using. I see they also recommend "Writer's Market" which I've found is full of great contests and many good fiction opportunities on many other sites. I highly recommend it for accomplished authors. :)

      --RG

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Thank you!!! I hope I have time to try it out, I have a few ideas brewing but also three classes and of course, my monkey boy. I hope you do more contests!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks bizarrett....I hope you find the time to enter as well. Good luck with monkey boy. LOL

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Thanks = )

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome!

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      billybuc, how about putting the names of those who have sent entries in? It would make it easier to find them. Thanks for the fun.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, if I can find the time I will do that. Time is getting a bit short; just picked up a new customer that doubled my work load. :) Thanks for the suggestion.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I love to see all the creativity.Billybuc you have done it again.Good luck to all the contestants.I am sure it will be so much fun.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, it's been fun so far. Much more response than I was expecting. :) Thank you!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Great idea! I've used lots of photo cues for writing with my students. It's probably the best way to encourage ideas and the imagination as there is so much to see in carefully chosen pictures. I've had two late nights preparing my entry and finally finished it just in time. Thanks for a great opportunity to stretch my mind; it needed the exercise. Ann

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I was so happy to see your entry. I'll start reading them tomorrow and try to have a winner by Monday.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Billy, I wanted to say something, but annart already said it all. Thanks for the opportunity you've given me to exercise the wings of my imagination. Take care, and don't exhaust yourself with the readings. 'Tomorrow' is always another day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Martie, it's been gratifying having so many people enter the contest. I love the response and I'm looking forward to reading all of them this weekend. Thank you!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great idea, BB! I would have entered, but things around here have been pretty crazy. Best of luck to everyone!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Lela! I'll have the winner announced in a day or so.

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