WRiTE CLUB 2019 - SAVE WEEK


One of the most common phrases used by the voters in our preliminary bouts was "This is so hard! I like them both."  Unfortunately, only one contestant could advance in every bout, which meant somebody had to lose. But here is your opportunity to reverse someone's fortune.

You now can give three contestants a lifeline to a second chance. Below is a list of the writers who lost their bouts. It is a partial list right now because some bouts are still being decided. I'll be filling in the list as more bouts are finalized, but that is why we give you all week to make up your mind.

Sometime before Sunday, May 26th (noon central time) post a comment below with the names of no more than THREE writers you feel deserve a second chance to advance. The names can be any of those listed below (once all fifteen names are filled in), regardless of when the bout took place. No critique is necessary for this round. To help refresh your memory I suggest clicking on the relevant name to be taken to their bout, or use the links embedded on the WRiTE CLUB Scoreboard located HERE.

Blue Bonnet
Apollo Catspolis
Galadhon
NoPlanStan
Frazzled Father
Timberjack
Daisy
Donald LeClaire
Thirty
Cora Williams
ElviraBrown
YNaLIas
Cleo
PBSSpecial
Sydney Slayer

This is the last chance for some of these writers, so make it count.

Recap
WRiTE CLUB is a tournament-style competition that runs during the eight weeks prior to the DFW Conference (who is also a sponsor) and it provides writers the opportunity to compete against one another for a chance to win a host of prizes, topped off by free admission to the following year’s conference. Our writers submitted 500-word writing samples under pen names and have appeared in head-to-head in “bouts”, with the winner of each match determined by our readers—by voting for their favorites. Bout winners keep advancing until there are only two remaining and that’s when a panel of celebrity judges, who include well know authors, agents, editors, and other publishing folks, choose the ultimate champion.

Even though the contest is sponsored by DFW, anyone can vote (as long as you have a Google sign-in or verifiable email address), and when you do, we encourage you to leave a mini-critique for both writers. Oh, I forgot to mention that the voters have a chance to win a $60 Barnes and Noble gift card. Each time you vote in a bout your name will be placed in a hat and at the end of the contest, one name will be selected to receive the prize. And as an added incentive to keep readers coming back for more, we're upping the ante. Readers who place a vote in EVERY bout will have their names placed in a second hat and the name selected from that pool will win a $40 Barnes and Noble gift card. Double the chances of winning!

A few more rules –

1) One vote (with 3 names) per visitor per bout.
2) Although our contestants are anonymous, voters cannot be. Anonymous votes will not count, so if you do not have a Google account and are voting as a guest, be sure to include your name and email address.
3) Using any method (email, social media, text, etc) to solicit votes for a specific contestant will cause that contestant's immediate disqualification. It’s perfectly okay, in fact, it is encouraged to spread the word about the contest to get more people to vote, just not for a specific writer!
4) Although more of a suggestion than a rule - cast your vote before you read other comments. Do not let yourself be swayed by the opinions of others.

For those of you who are chasing after the Voting In Every Bout prize, casting a vote here is required.

NEXT WEEK - The Cage Bouts begin!


74 comments

  1. Daisy, Donald LeClaire, and Thirty

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  2. Blue Bonnet, NoPlanStan and Thirty

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  3. Daisy and Thirty.
    I'll reserve my third save spot until the other rounds close, please.

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  4. Galadhon, Blue Bonnet, and Frazzled Father

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  5. ElviraBrown, Timberjack, and Daisy. :)

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  6. Bluebonnet, Daisy,ElviraBrown

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  7. Blue Bonnet, Apollo Catspolis, YNaLlas (my email is mariaf@htccd,org)

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  9. Well, that was hard...

    ElviraBrown, Galadhon, noPlanStan

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  10. BlueBonnet, Cora Williams, NoPlanStan

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  11. Timber Jack, Frazzled Father, Blue Bonnet

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    1. I had this same problem before...I am signed in but it says Unknown. My name is John and my email is jmfarrell82@gmail.com

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  13. 1. Cleo
    2. Cora Williams
    3. Donald LeClaire

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  14. PBSSpecial, Daisy and Donald LeClaire

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  15. Another tough choice, but I'm going with

    Galadhon, Thirty, and PBSSpecial

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  16. PBSSpecial, Donald St Claire and Frazzled Father are my votes for this second chance slot

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  17. ElviraBrown
    Bulging Ballpoint
    Timberjack

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    1. Bulging Ballpoint won their bout and therefore are not on the list to be saved.

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    2. Whoops!

      Let's replace BB with Cleo, please.

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  18. I can't believe I missed a round... Boo hoo!
    My choices: NoPlanStan, ElviraBrown, and PBSSpecial (because I missed that one).

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  19. NoPlanStan, Frazzled Father, and PBSSpecial.

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  20. 1. Thirty
    2. Elvira Brown
    3. Sydney Slayer

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  21. 1. Sydney Slayer
    2. Thirty
    3. Donald LeClaire

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  22. 1. Elvira Brown
    2. No Plan Stan
    3. Timber Jack

    ~Bokerah, bokerahbrumley@gmail.com

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  23. Another tough choice:
    Galadhon
    YNaLIas
    Sydney Slayer

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  24. Daisy, Sydney Slayer, TimberJack

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  25. Thirty, Donald LeClaire, and NoPlanStan

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  26. 1. Donald LeClaire
    2. PBSSpecial
    3. Sydney Slayer

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  27. Frazzled Father, Daisy, and Galadhon

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  28. BlueBonnet, Cleo and Apollo

    john of johnthecolonel@gmail.com

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  29. NoPlantStan
    Sydney Slayer
    PBSSpecial

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  30. To all the authors tallying this week’s votes, you are all amazing. Your stories are all so original and unique.

    That said, man it was hard to narrow down to 3, but here goes.

    CoraWilliams, I loved the story from the parents perspective.
    PBSSpecial, I feel like I was a bit harsh in my comments the other day, I am thrilled to see more from your insightful perspective.
    Cleo, I loved your introduction of Angels into this competition.

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  31. I vote for:

    Apollo
    Sydney Slayer
    Cora Williams

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  32. My three picks:

    Blue Bonnet
    Galadhon
    Cora Williams

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  33. I'm saving:

    NoPlanStan
    Cleo
    Sydney Slayer

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  34. NoPlanStan, Daisy, Sydney Slayer

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  35. Frazzled Father, Donald LeClaire, Elvira Brown

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  36. Cora Williams, Elvira Brown and PBSSPecial.

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  37. Sydney Slayer, Cora Williams, Thirty

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  38. In no particular order: PBS Special, Sydney Slayer, Cleo

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  39. PBSSpecial, Sydney Slayer, Daisy

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  40. Sydney Slayer, Thirty, Ynallas

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  41. My votes go to BlueBonnet and Apollo Catspolis

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  42. Blue Bonnet, Cora Williams, Sydney Slayer

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  43. Sydney Slayer
    Daisy
    ElviraBrown

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  44. Donald LeClaire, PBSSpecial, Sydney Slayer

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  45. daisy, pbsspecial, sydney slayer

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  46. There is so much diverse and wonderful talent in this competition that's tough choosing just 3 to save. Here are my picks:

    PBSSpecial -- Delightful humor and smooth read. The realization of the narrator that she's choosing her jerk husband again is wonderfully clever. Great premise!

    Daisy -- I LOVED this piece! The dark humor, wit, and ingenious perspective drew me in start to finish. I initially thought Jeremiah was a lab rat and was happily surprised when he was the much more unexpected pig. I keep assuming that there is a deeper metaphor here, especially with the recurring mention of the color blue (something Orwellian?). I am most eager to see more of how this story develops and if it is the backbone for a unique satire.

    Galadhon -- You edged out other entries for my final pick largely on the strength of the gunfire paragraph. The final sentence "Until a shot stops your blood, and your body becomes the stink in another man’s nostrils," is so well crafted as a cap on the proceeding sentences and evocative that it won me over. I would love to see more writing matching the caliber of this paragraph.

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  47. Cleo, PBSSpecial, and Sydney Slayer!!

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  48. YNaLias, Cora Williams, Donald LeClaire

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  49. NoPlanStan, Donald LeClaire, PBSSpecial

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  51. Timberjack, Frazzled Father, Blue Bonnet

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  52. Blue Bonnet,Cora Williams, Apollo Catspolis

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  53. Blue Bonnet, Cora Williams, Sydney Slayer

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  54. Cora Williams, Thirty, and Timberjack are my votes to save.

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  55. Idk if mine will count since I’m a bit late but I would have voted Thirty, Timberjack, and Donald LeClaire all the same.

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