Friday, March 23, 2018

Photo Friday: Into the Sunset Books Are Here!

I'm feeling a little lazy and still getting over the flu, so I'm just re-posting this Photo Friday Into the Sunset post, with revisions and updates.The big update being: The books arrived, and I have packaged up the 13 winners' books (and their journals) to ship out on Monday. For the honorable mention winners, your pen and your certificate are also being mailed that day in the same envelope.

For all you winners who would like to share your stories with your aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends, you can get a copy of the book from Amazon for $6.55, and it's even on Prime. There is also be a Kindle edition ($2.99 no illustrations).

It would be nice if some people actually bought the book, as this contest cost me close to $200 to run this year. The Lord provides so it can go forward, but it would be really nice to have expenses match revenue one year. :-) So tell your friends!

Note: I also went to the trouble of creating a Kindle edition for the 2016 contest book, Along the Western Trail (which until now was available only in print form).

And for those who did not place this year, I want to offer you a word of encouragement: Keep writing! Lord willing, there will be a 2019 contest. One of this year's winners, Faith P., wrote back after I told her she had placed. This is what she said:

"Oh my goodness, thank you sooo much! :-) I have entered the contest the past 3-4 years, and never placed. What a special joy to place 2nd on the last year I am eligible." 

WINNERS of the 2018 CONTEST


First Place
Ages 6-9: Eliana Kelley "A Lesson in Listening"
Ages 10-13: Grace C. "The Battle of the Bull"
Ages 14-17: Olivia Marse "Joy Cometh in the Morning"

Second Place
Ages 6-9: Adina Elizabeth Newlin "Lucky"
Ages 10-13: Ellen Senechal "A Blessing from Tragedy"
Ages 14-17: Faith Potts "My Happy Place

Third Place
Ages 6-9: Kezzy Wheaton "Andi's Christmas Miracle"
Ages 10-13: Victoria Crooks (tie) "Chasing the Rapids"
Ages 10-13: Grace Hopper (tie) "A Memorable Fourth of July"
Ages 14-17: Kaitlyn Krispense "To the Moon and Back"

Honorable Mention
Ages 6-9: Joy Hopper "The Gold
Ages 10-13: Mariah Mead "Trapped"
Ages 14-17: Calah Taylor "Revenge Backfires"

The amazing thing I found this year was that out of 80 entries, and different judges for different categories, and no judges knowing anything about the writer except the entry #, the fact that two sisters placed is extremely rare.
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47 comments:

  1. Congratulations to all the winners!! Can't wait to read your stories! : )

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  2. Congrats, everyone! I look forward to reading your stories!
    Thanks so very much, Mrs. Marlow, for hosting this contest!

    ~Ellen

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    1. Congrats! Ellen! It was an amazing story!

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    2. If you're the Ellen who's story won, congratulations! :)

      -Sadie S.

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    3. Thanks, Abbi and Sadie. Yes, I am the same Ellen.

      ~Ellen

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  3. A huge congratulations to all the winners!! :D

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    1. And to you, too, Faith! I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo very glad you won on this last year you're eligible! You are such a blessing, and a very strong encourager. I noticed you were the first person to like my review on Goodreads, not to mention that you're always there to be uplifting to someone. You are amazing and loved ;-). Please, even though you are getting older, do not stop writing Andi stories! I so cannot wait to read your winning story! To quell my curiosity until I do read it, please, please, please give me a summary!
      Thanks again, and always remember that you are loved!

      ~Ellen

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    2. Aww, thank you so much, Ellen! Your comment totally made my day!! :) Congratulations again on placing in the contest! Oh my goodness, are you the same Ellen that I'm friends with on Goodreads? I had not made a connection there!!

      I do so hope you enjoy my story! :D I don't have a summary for it, but I'll write something short and drop it in here later this afternoon. ;)

      Thank you again for the sweet comment, Ellen!

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  4. Congratulations Ellen, and to all the winners.
    -Patience

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  5. Great work everyone! I Can't wait to read the stories =)

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  6. Awesome job everyone! Congratulations to you!! :D

    -Sadie S.

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  7. Congrats to th winners!!!

    Mrs. M, are you going to put these stories on Fan Fiction? I usually am not able to buy the book, so that is why i am asking.

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    1. No, I'm sorry, but not right away. It's way too much work to create a page, and then copy and paste each of the 13 stories on the Fan Fiction site. Yes, I know I have done it a bit in the past, and maybe months and months from now I will get around to it, but not now.

      What I will do is create a PDF file of the book and put it up on my Circle C Adventures website. I will probably provide a link over here to that page when I finally get it all going.

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    2. Is there going to be a 2019 contest. Because I might start writing.

      ~Leah

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    3. Lord willing there will be. Here is what Faith P. said when she found out she had placed this year (I added it to the post too):

      "Oh my goodness, thank you sooo much! :D I have entered the contest the past 3-4 years, and never placed. What a special joy to place 2nd on the last year that I am age-eligible." :)

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    4. OK, good to know. Thanks! (This is the person who asked the question, haha!)

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    5. Okay! Thank you! I hope there will be, too.

      ~Leah

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  8. Ellen wanted me to ask if you could post my story on fan fiction awhile back. It might be to soon to ask but I just thought I would.
    Congratulations winners! I'm so happy for you all!

    ~Leah

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    1. I am willing to post stories on a case-by-case basis (those who go out of their way to ask me). But I will need to know the name of the story (and age category) so I can find it in my files.

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    2. Okay, it's "All Things" and in the age category of 10-13. Thank you!

      ~Leah

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  9. Congrats to all of the winners! I had so much fun reading all of your stories (in the oldest age category) and am so proud of all of you. I commend all of you for writing, because the more you write the better you'll become! And to all of you who didn't win, I enjoyed your stories, too, and I encourage you to continue writing. It's such a blessing to see so many young people writing their ideas, their stories, their imaginations. Keep up the good work and blessings!

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    1. And to make it officially known: All of the judges received the stories in the category as blind stories: no ages, no names. Just an entry # (like #52) and the story. Every story looked exactly the same because I (Mrs. M) formatted them exactly the same: same font, same indents, same line spacing, etc. So Emily had absolutely no knowledge of which story went with which entrant.

      Honestly, of all the judges, I believe Emily was one of the top ones. She knows the Andi stories best of call, the characters, etc. And we know she can write, as she won First Place several years ago with one of her stories.

      The judges receive no compensation other than the joy of helping me. (Right, Emily?) :-) Thank you so much for your thorough examination of all the MANY entries!

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  10. Congrats to all the winners! (well done Ellen!);-)

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  11. Congrats everyone! I'm sure y'all did an awesome job!

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  12. Congrats to everyone! Especially my friends Mariah and Faith. You guys are awesome and you deserve to be up there!

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  13. Congratulations to the winners and everyone who was brave enough to enter! Can't wait to read y'all's stories. ;) Keep writing!

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  14. Congratulations to all the brave winners! So exciting! And thank you to Mrs. Marlow for hosting!

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  15. Grace C., I have not seen you here on the blog in a while, so I hope you still get a chance to see this. A huge congratulations to you for winning 1st—on your first year entering! Sooooo looking forward to reading your story, and I am so glad I have come to know you! You are an amazing person, and I am glad I will have an opportunity to read your story (the summary you gave me was SOOOOO good) and I hope you will post your other story (the one you entered in the 14-17 age category) in the fan fiction!
    God bless you!

    ~Ellen

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  16. Congratulations to all the winners! Can't wait to read your stories! :D

    ~Sadie

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  17. great job to all the great writers that won!

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    1. Thanks, Hope ;-). Please ask Mrs. Marlow to post the 2 stories you entered into the fan fiction! I've really been wanting to read them, ever since you shared the summary for "Once Upon a Suitor" and told me the title of "A Winter Discovery." They both sound SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO exciting! Thanks again, and keep writing!

      ~Ellen

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  18. Mrs. Marlow, I am just dying to read everyone's winning entries; when does the book come out on Amazon? Thanks!

    ~Ellen

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  19. Never mind; I just saw it on Amazon and (you can ask my mom) was about ready to burst! Oh, I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will you have it on Kindle, too? OH, MRS. MARLOW, YOU'RE SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ~Ellen

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    1. I just put it up TODAY, Ellen. LOL
      I got home and the books were all here. I put them in envelopes and will mail them out on Sunday when we go to town for church. (I also put in your dangerous Decision book, which got here yesterday. It's pretty cool!)

      Yes, I created the KINDLE edition before I went to California, and I put it up too, but it has not posted yet. I think they do a review or something, but it should be up in a few days. They say 72 hours.

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    2. Oh, Mrs. Marlow, I....I....oh, I cannot speak! You are so very sweet; you spent all that much on the contest, and then you take the effort to make up the packages, and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Oh, thank you, thank you, Mrs. Marlow! Thank you! (And you have no idea, either, how excited I am to read Dangerous Decision! I CANNNOT wait!!!!!!!)

      ~Ellen

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  20. I'm soooooo excited to read all the winner's story's! Thank you Mrs. M, for going though all the work of these contests!

    Congrats again to all you who placed! Awesome job! And those of you who didn't place, keep on keeping on! Don't get discouraged, you are all great writers!

    Thank you again Mrs. M for doing all this for us! I will tell my friends about the blog for sure! Blessings to you! I hope you get better soon!

    ~Leah

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  21. Congrats to all the winners, and everyone else who was brave enough to enter! Can't wait to read all the stories!! :-)

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  22. I downloaded the Amazon Kindle version of "Into the Sunset" on my Kindle this morning and finished it in less than an hour. Everyone's stories are so, so, so, so, so, so, very good!

    ~Ellen

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    1. LOLOL
      You couldn't wait for your winning free copy to arrive, eh? I'm so glad you enjoyed everybody's stories. I bet they will go crazy now, since you are the only contestant to have actually read all of the winning stories.

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  23. I can't wait to read the winning stories! I'll definitely be buying a copy of the book. :D

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  24. My copy just arrived! I am reading it now! :-)

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    1. You got your book before the winners got theirs! LOL
      I am mailing the winners' copies out on Monday.
      I hope you enjoy all of the stories. And enter again next year!

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    2. I really enjoyed all the stories, I thought they were awesome and I will definitely enter again next year. When do you think it will open? And can I start working on the story before it opens?

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    3. It opens August 15, but that's the date when I start accepting stories. You can be working on it all spring and summer if you want!

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    4. Oh okay great! Thanks!

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