Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Giveaway Day 12: Gotham Writers' Workshop

Stephanie here! I'm invading Shan's giveaway to share the winning entries from our writing prompt contest. Many, MANY thanks to the 33 students at John Adams Academy who helped judge and pick our winners!

First place, by M. P. Reed

        I would need a lot of luck to make it out of this alive.

  I tear through the woods. The world is silent save for the crunching of leaves under my slippers, and the shredding of my dress. I cry out as my head is jerked back. My numb hands fumble to find my hair caught in an unforgiving maple tree's fingers. Gritting my teeth, I tug free; picking up the remains of my wedding dress, I continue to run.

My heart pounds. My arms bleed. My legs burn.

  I trip on a gnarled root five paces on.

“Charlotte, where are you?” David's voice is sing song. He's right behind me. "Found you.”


  I scream.

The feedback: 16 kids selected this as their favorite. And with great details like "unforgiving maple tree's fingers" and the surprise of a wedding dress, it's easy to understand why!

Second place, by Megan S.

        I would need a lot of luck to make it out of this alive.
My stomach churned, and acid burned the back of my throat. I glanced down at the road and watched the vehicles zoom past each other at breakneck speeds. Swallowing, I closed my eyes.
I rubbed my hands against the ropes that bound them, trying to force my mind from the dizzying height. The skin on my wrists burned, but at least the pain was something else to think about.
A gunshot sounded, breaking my concentration
I grinned.
Death by torture was not my fate.
I rocked backwards and toppled over the side of the building.

At least, not that day.

The feedback: 9 kids selected this as their favorite. This opening, especially that last line, raises some great questions! We would definitely keep reading.

Third place, by Alexa M.

Jade would need a lot of luck to make it out of this alive.
She sprinted down the roof and leapt, tucking her knees beneath her, for a fantastic second, flying. Then she slammed and rolled into the next rooftop. Balancing on the rusty shingles, she checked her pocket. Keiko’s crystal? Still safe.
She glanced back. Yup, still after her, their blaring sirens and flashing lights broadcasting her theft to the entire city. Overhead, the whir of helicopter blades alerted anyone who missed the string of cop cars. Jade rolled her eyes. Stupid police. Why didn’t they give up already?
Isn’t it obvious? her alter ego whispered. This time, they can actually catch you.


The feedback: Written with such clarity and precision, we want to know if Jade gets out of this or if her alter ego is on to something.

Now I'll turn it over to Shannon for today's giveaway!




Hey all! On our last day of the giveaway, I'm offering a copy of Writing Fiction from Gotham Writers' Workshop, New York's acclaimed creative writing school. The writing exercises in this book were extremely helpful to me and I hope they'll offer some insight to one lucky winner!




This giveaway is for all writers in all countries. Please be sure to leave us the correct contact info so we can get in touch with you if you win. We will also update this post with the winner's name once they've been selected.


Tell me, what do you want for Christmas?

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68 comments:

  1. Congratulations to the winners! :) I mostly want books for Christmas, especially the two latest Lunar Chronicles and the fifth Brotherband book.

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  2. For Christmas all I want is a book on how to write good fiction and perhaps a book by, J.R.R Tolkien. =)

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  3. Books are always great!!!!!!!


    Congratulationd everyone! The third one is my personal favorite, but they are all awesome. :)

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  4. I want a great many books for Christmas. Also, the Ticket to Ride board game.
    Thanks for doing all these giveaways, and congratulations to the writing contest winners!

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  5. Congrats winners!

    I personally want some "swag" from my favorite band. lol But I also want a lot of journals and pens... especially red ones with editing about to start... ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!! :D

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  6. I want binders, binder dividers... Notebook... Pens... Oh! And Word for new laptop. :D

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  7. Congrats to the winners! I'd really like some new organizing binders and dividers. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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  8. Good job to the winners! Those were fantastic!

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  9. Wow! Those entries are amazing! I really like their descriptive language. I'm hoping to find some books under the Christmas tree in a few days… And I would defiantly be excited to discover the one from your give away amongst the wrappings ;)

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  10. Awesome job to the winners! The wedding dress was definitely a surprise, there. :)

    Christmas...well...mostly a Kindle. But that's about it. :P

    Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks for the giveaways, Go Teen Writers, and happy last day of the 100 for 100! Hard to believe it ends today...wow. *sniff*

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  11. Congrats to the winners! I would love some books for Christmas.

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  12. Wow, congrats to the winners! When do these people write books, 'cause I want to read them! XD
    For Christmas I want books, mostly, but specifically a really nice edition of LOTR (and the extended movie edition). I've also just discovered P. G. Wodehouse, and I'd love a book by him. (-:

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  13. Congratulations, winners!
    For Christmas...I'd love to finish my current story so my sister can read it all in one sitting instead of waiting for the ending!

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  14. Congrats to the winners!

    Books, books, books, and music. Oh, and maybe a broadsword and fountain pen for Christmas. =P

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  15. Congrats winners! These are awesome!

    I already got my own bathroom for Christmas. :P Otherwise, I always love to get books, books, books. A laptop would be nice.

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  16. Books, books, movies, chocolate, coffee, more books.

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  17. I'd really like to receive The Art of War for Writers this Christmas, but I don't know if that's going to happen. Happy last day of 100-4-100, everyone!

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  18. A laptop would be wonderful, but I highly doubt I'll get that:) I would love all my favorite books and CDs, along with all sorts of writerly things like pens, notepads, sticky notes (love those things!) Congrats to everyone who won!

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  19. A big fuzzy blanket! And this book...obviously! :)

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  20. Congrats to the winners of the contest! I want fandom merch for Christmas. The end.

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  21. It doesn't take much to make me happy so I always want things like books, movies, or music for Christmas. I just don't really want clothes this year, haha.

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  22. Wow, the winning entries are /really/ good. Congrats, guys!

    I'm hoping to get enough money for Christmas to fund a writing conference trip next summer. (I need at least $500, so it's kind of wishful thinking, but hey. Miracles happen at Christmas-time, as everyone knows. XD)

    Anyway, I'm off to finish this short story I'm working on as a Christmas gift, so I can count all of the words for the 100-4-100. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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  23. I'm so excited to count up all the words for the 100-4-100! I would love to get lots of books!

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  24. Congrats to the winners! Those were very cool entries.

    Oh this giveaway looks awesome. They have been so fun.
    I want Lincoln Brewster's electric guitar DVD's.

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  25. Awesome job, winners!!!
    Let's see, for Christmas, I want books, possibly an ipod charger (I...eherm...stepped on mine), and the ability to pace a scene properly. I seem to have swung from telling to showing every lousy detail of a conversation.

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  26. All I want for Christmas is ... A publishing deal with Enclave publishing! Not this year haha but a possibility for the future I hope.

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  27. I want lots of YA fiction books to read for the upcoming year!! :D

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  28. Books, books and more books. ^_^ Such as The Hobbit, LOTR, Golden Daughter, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Safe Lands trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia....

    And, of course, movie soundtracks are always nice.

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  29. This Christmas, I want tickets to the Book Expo America! Or some writing craft books, haha.

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  30. Loved reading those three entries. Great job, guys! And congrats on making the top three!

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  31. My applause to the winners! I have been eager to read those entries for quite some time now. I especially enjoyed those last two.

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  32. Congratulations to the winners! Your entires are fantastic - I love the wedding dress twist in the first.
    What do I want for Christmas? Why, books, of course! :) And a bit of snow wouldn't go unappreciated.

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  33. Congratulations to the people who wrote those incredible entries!

    For Christmas, I want....books. What else? Okay, and gift cards. Basically, it's money you have to spend.

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    1. That's exactly what I love about gift cards.

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  34. All I want for Christmas is win something in these giveaways! :(

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  35. I hope you all get exactly what you want! But if you don't, I hope you know how cherished you are. By your friends and family and by those of us here at Go Teen Writers. I'm so grateful for this community and am overwhelmed that you've welcomed me with open arms. MERRY CHRISTMAS, everyone!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I love it here and your posts are always awesome. Merry Christmas to you too! :D


      Alexa S. Winters
      thessalexa.blogspot.com

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    2. Seconded, Alexa! I love it here too. And the posts, well, they're awesome! Merry Christmas, Mrs. Dittemore, Mrs. WIlliamson, Mrs. Morrill, and all the other awesome writers on this site!

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  36. All I want for Christmas is...books :-)

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  37. I want to finish my my novel for Christmas. ;)

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  38. Congratulations to the winners! I love Megan's entry in particular - I want to read on. I'd love some time to relax and write this Christmas. :)

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  39. Ooh this is exciting!

    What do I want for Christmas . .. ummm . . . books!! :)

    Christen Krumm
    ChristenKrumm.com

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  40. All I want for Christmas... is yoooouuuuuu!
    Just kidding.
    What I would like for Christmas is probably books. Books and fandom merchandise (I'm a nerd).

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  41. All I want for Christmas...is to get everything done that needs done right now. :D I know that's impossible, though. Otherwise, I'd love to have more writing books--I can never seem to get enough of them.

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  42. I want lots of books for Christmas :)

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  43. Great entries, everyone! All three of the winners wrote very intriguing beginnings. :D
    I don't expect to get anything for Christmas, but winning a giveaway would be a nice surprise.

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  44. I keep telling my parents that all I really want for Christmas is a plane ticket to Utah so I can go to Teen Author Boot Camp. I doubt I'm actually going to get that. ;)

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  45. I really want book...lots and lots of books :)

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  46. Hm. A new notebook?

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  47. I would like a laptop so I can carry my writing with me.

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  48. Books.... and books and more books..

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  49. Congratulations to the winners!

    Hmmm... Favorite villain? Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Dragon. :)

    -Ryebrynn

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  50. Me... I have requested books and a bulletin board for story boarding :)

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  51. Congrats to the winners! Those are all really good :O And, since we don't give gifts on Christmas, all I want is to see my brother, my sister-in-law, and my nephew. Doubt I will, but still, it would be awesome.

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  52. Anyone else notice that two of the winning entries involved rooftops and they all had to do with people trying to get away? lol Congrats winners!
    I want books for Christmas! Lots and lots of books! And music


    Alexa S. Winters
    thessalexa.blogspot.com

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  53. For Christmas all I want is a book on how to write good fiction and perhaps a book by,
    Ebook Publisher India

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  54. Merry Christmas, y'all! Congrats to the contest winners.

    Books are one of my favorite things to receive for Christmas, but really I like surprises. :))

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  55. Congratulations to the other two winners! You had absolutely fabulous beginnings!

    For Christmas, I asked for money to a writer's workshop (the same workshop as Catsi Eceer actually :D) and then I asked for tons of books and some clothes. :)

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  56. Awesome entries from the winners! The first one surprised me and has a thriller feel to it; the second one was dramatic and a bit depressing; the third one was perfectly paced and curiosity-inducing.

    I want snow for Christmas. ;) But I think I'd also like books. I'm always happy with books. :D

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  57. The entries were all good! Congrats to the winners!

    I really want my Nana to be healthy for Christmas. She's been on a long downhill slop with cancer and it's kind of drawing to an end. On a shallower note, I really want money or gift cards for clothes

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    1. I'm so sorry, Anna :( That can make for a very somber Christmas.

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  58. I would like for Christmas is a notebook to research areas for my book. That would be nice. And lots of books... :3

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  59. Oh my gosh. Ok, books from my fave authors, some sims 3 expansion packs, games for other consoles that I can play alone or with my brother, the next seasons of our fave shows, some awesome new clothes, aaaaaand chocolate. :)

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