HERE ARE YOUR WINNERS! Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest (April 2017)

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I know you wanna get right to who won. I do, too. So I’ll explain a bit about the process and why the winners are who they are, and then I’ll announce them. That’s kinda to torture you a little although I suppose you could just scroll down.

A writing contest is waaayyyy harder to do than I thought – and much more rewarding, too.

I never did a contest before. What an amazing learning experience. I can’t wait for the next one in July.

We have a LOT of terrific writers out there. That, I knew.

We have amazing readers. That, I knew.

I had no idea how much the feedback meant to you guys.

“Thank you so much, Dan, for the crit (critique). It was excellent… It has been amazing to get a crit like this. Thank you once again and I look forward to the next Word Weavers.”

"I finally made it through your in-line commentary. Great stuff!"
"Thanks for your help...  Much appreciated."

“Last year, for my first book, I paid an editor and didn’t get anywhere near the level of response as I got from your review. Thanks heaps!”

Those replies to my critiques were a shock,

and a delightful one.

The vast majority of people who received FEEDBACK from me over the last fourteen days or so have written back to tell me how much it meant, how helpful it was – on and on.

I am so humbled.

And I’m gonna change how we do things around here as a result.

Announcing a


We will be creating a private critique group for you to get the feedback that will help you take your stories to where they are capable of going. I’m not sure of the format, but rest assured, it will have successful, published authors reviewing your submissions and giving you the direction you need, building rapport so you feel like you have a friend guiding you, and keeping you motivated and focused to get your story published. That’s what you want, that’s what you need – that’s what you’ll get.

The people have spoken.

More on that later this week (after I rest a few days – I’m beat), but if you are interested, use the contact me button and let me know.

Now, another thing I learned:

You guys are AWESOME

We had SO many entries!

I told you in your letters that there was no creative way to tell 200+ contestants a different way of not using dialogue tags, and I meant it. But I didn’t know we’d have so many good stories.

I mean, I knew we’d have a lot of good stories but there were SO MANY GOOD stories.

I kinda wanna thank the people who submitting bad stories just because it thinned out the herd faster. Just kidding. Probably.


when I narrowed the list to my top 20, it got harder and harder. So Friday I said I’d reread them and narrow it down, I think – and what I did was, I went over a story and said, “This was good, so it’s #1 until a better story knocks it off” – and then the next one had to be better to beat it out. Which it often was.

So we had probably five stories that easily could have won 1st place, and in any other contest, they would have.

That’s how good these were.

IF YOU DID NOT WIN: Please consider this like the Olympics. Their stories just spoke to me better that particular day. Your story – and there were many that could have won on a different day with a different judge – was good; if I said it was good in my note to you, it was. Work hard and come back – and win next time. We’ll be here cheering for all of you.

So now

without further ado


downloadIn 5th place, created just because we had so many good entries

  • The Last Letter by Maribel C. Pagan

I’m gonna have to think up a prize for the 5th place winners. Right now it’s bragging rights and being showcased later in the week on the blog CONGRATULATIONS!!

Honorable Mentions:

also because these stories just spoke to me and needed to be recognized.

  • Destination Seoul Tokyo By Heather Hackett – a really good story.

  • Trip Of A Lifetime by Carrie Ann Alexis

downloadIn 4th place, a tie

  • Travelling Man by Adele Marie Park

  • High Desert Plateau by Richard Ewald

I’m gonna have to think up a prize for the 4th place winners, too. Right now it’s still just bragging rights and being showcased later in the week on the blog. CONGRATULATIONS!!

3In 3rd place

  • Do You Trust Me by Annette Robinson

Annette will receive THIS prize package valued at over $50:


  • WriteMind author’s idea management and project organizing system ($19.99 Digital Printable Version) from Perry Elisabeth Design

  • $10 Amazon gift card, compliments of ME

  • Publication of their winning piece on this website

  • Signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest.

  • A guest blog post or author profile to appear on this site

  • also bragging rights because why not, but try not to outbrag the first and second place winners, okay?

2In 2nd place,

and if the first place winner is unable to carry out the duties, the second place winner will step in and assume the role…

  • The Crescent by Anne Marie Hilse

Anne Marie will receive THIS prize package valued at over $150:

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  • $100 FORMATTING package for YOUR eBook or paperback novel, up to 80k, from Select-O-Grafix, LLC (

  • $25 Amazon gift card, compliments of ME

  • Publication of their winning piece on this website

  • signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest.

  • A guest blog post or author profile to appear on this site

  • slightly less massive bragging rights than first place (because that’s only fair)

And now…

drumroll please…


Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest


1st Place

Making Photocopies by Ellie Presner


Ellie will receive THIS prize package valued at over $200:

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  • $125 Professional BOOK COVER designed by Select-O-Grafix, LLC (

  • $50 Amazon GIFT CARD, compliments of ME

  • PUBLICATION of their winning piece on this website

  • Signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest (see list below).

  • A GUEST BLOG POST or AUTHOR PROFILE to appear on this site (that’s priceless, really)

  • a video interview with me, should they so choose, also to appear on this site**


** requires a quality high speed internet connection and a good camera on your computer or phone. Maybe other stuff. I’m not doing this at 3am, okay?

THANK YOU ALL. Today, we celebrate writing.

A round of applause for our winners.

REMEMBER: ALL contestants not winning first, second, or third place will be put into a drawing for other prizes!

How awesome is that? Lots of stuff for you!

  • a multi-book prize from a single Amazon Bestselling author, available as autographed paperbacks or eBooks. (eBooks are not autographed.)

  • a complete trilogy from an Amazon Bestselling author, also as signed paperbacks or eBooks. (Again, the eBooks are not signed.)

  • a multi book package from several authors, in your choice of paperbacks or eBooks. (Nobody signs the eBooks, okay?)

  • a few signed copies of The Navigators, my amazing sci-fi thriller (unless you choose an eBook, right? Let that signed eBook thing go. Just let it go!)

  • one Amazon $20 gift card

  • Starbucks $10 gift card*

* My goal is to have ALL the entry fees go to prizes, not to make a profit on this contest, so I may use entry fees to buy and award more prizes. They won’t all be Ammy; that would get a little boring, and even though I personally HATE Starbucks, you might like it.

HERE are some of the AMAZING AUTHORS whose books will be in these prize packages

51CShaKNiTLAllison Maruska, The Fourth Descendant, the Project Renovatio trilogy

With over 550 reviews on Amazon, a signed copy of Allison’s runaway bestseller The Fourth Descendant should be part of any book lover’s collection.

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Allison’s amazing Project Renovatio trilogy has captivated audiences around the world. You want to win that, too.


Hugh Roberts, Glimpses

28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns. You REALLY wanna win that!


Phillip T Stephens Cigerets, Guns & Beer; Raising Hell; Seeing Jesus; and The Worst Noel

Is murder, sex, buried bank loot and legends of UFOs your cup of tea? Or maybe a clueless optimist who “ruins a perfectly good hell” Phillip T. Stephens offers crime, dark fantasy, young adult – and a good dose of humor.


Jennifer Weiner, 24 Love Letter Ideas

Love letters are a nearly lost art form, but they are the easiest and least costly way to show your partner love and romance. Plus, it’s quick to do! I’m a fan of quick!

24 Romantic Date Night Ideas

Jennifer’s beautiful companion book is a terrific way to round out your romantic evening.


Colleen Chesebro, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy

Come on, who doesn’t enjoy a fairy story? Plus, it’s set in Florida, a win-win. Then along comes a  primeval nymph, who explains young Abby’s true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.


T. A. Henry, Scripting The Truth

Any story that takes place in post-WWII Britain and has the phrase “She’ll try to do it all while trying to keep the seams on her stockings straight” has to be read. You’ll agree.


and of course, ME

A few folks will be selected to receive a signed paperback of my hilarious sexy romp through Italy. It’s not available in stores yet, so these will be hot commodities. Probably.


A few other folks will win my amazing sci fi thriller The Navigators as a signed paperback or an eBook. Don’t even ask me if I’ll sign the eBook. Just. Don’t.

When I post their stories, I will tell you a little about why they won, and more about how tough the decision process was.


The winning selections will be featured here on the blog starting Tuesday and running through Saturday:

  • 1st place winner Making Copies will run Tuesday

  • 2nd place winner The Crescent will run Wednesday

  • 3rd place winner Do You Trust Me will run Thursday

  • The tying 4th place winners Travelling Man and High Desert Plateauwill run Friday

  • 5th place winner The Last Letter will run Saturday, with several Honorable Mention stories (Destination Seoul Tokyo and Trip Of A Lifetime) – they were too good to not get some recognition – and a special notice about a few up and coming authors to keep your eye on.

The winners have not yet been notified (other than this post) so after contacting them we will arrange for their prizes to be sent and their interviews/profiles/etc., to be scheduled here on the blog. If you won and are reading this, you have my email so feel free to contact me. I’ll be in a coma for the next few days, so no rush.


You will get an email tomorrow or Wednesday letting you know how to deliver your prizes to the winners.


The next Word Weaver Writing Contest is scheduled for July 1-31, so if you have ideas for it, post them below in the comments section.

The grand prize?

MORE prizes

MORE feedback



for the right person or persons

a chance for


A chance for the top winners to PUBLISH YOUR COMPLETED BOOK book, as an eBook, paperback and audio book, after working with ME on it, and using the resources available to me through my vast authorey network. Details to come soon. How awesome is that?

This. Is. Gonna. Be. HUGE.

If you would like to congratulate our winners, please do so now and also when their post runs in a few days.

If you would like to be a sponsoring author for the next Word Weaver Writing Contest, contact me! This was great exposure for our major advertisers as well as getting authors’ books in front of tens of thousands of eyeballs.

This thing was a blast.


Your humble host.
your humble host

You guys ROCK!

Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious new romance novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.”

Get your copy HERE.

48 thoughts on “HERE ARE YOUR WINNERS! Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest (April 2017)

  1. I was having a bad morning until I decided to check this out and see who won. WOW. Thank you so much!!!! I’m so glad I got 5th place! This is incredible!!!! I didn’t expect this at all! It’s hard for me to contain my excitement right now. Thank you! 😀

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  2. Congratulations to the winners, and bravo Dan! I’ve just run a short story competition for the second year and got 121 entries. Gave feedback to everyone. Totally knackered now, but as you say, it’s a great experience all round.

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  3. Well! As your chosen number one, I gotta say first of all, a HUMONGOUS thank you to Dan for doing this – I know it must’ve been a superhuman feat to read all our stuff! You’re probably walking around squinting now. Ay yi yi!

    Second thing is, thanks to all you lovely commenters for your congrats. I do hope you like my little tale which Dan said would go up tomorrow! And you’re welcome to come by and visit my blog anytime – you can just click on my name, above. “See” you soon! Xox

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  4. […] I liked the style and the flow, but also the eerie undertone of why are you doing this versus what’s gonna happen next??? The inner character’s conflicts, along with the authors’s smooth writing voice, totally engaged me. I found the immersion factor comparable to the story she entered for , The Crescent, which she entered in our first Word Weaver Writing Contest and which also won Ann Marie a second place finish. […]


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