Thursday, May 16, 2013

Winners from the second 100 for 100 challenge

by Stephanie Morrill

Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of Her novels include The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and the newly released The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet (Playlist). You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and check out samples of her work on her author website.

Beginning February 1st, many of you embraced the 100 for 100 writing challenge, where you agreed to try writing 100 words for 100 days. There were 70 awesome writers who completed the challenge, and many more who tried it but for various reasons had to bow out early. I'm crazy impressed by how well you all did.

Yesterday I spent some quality time with the word tracking spreadsheet and my calculator. Here are a few things I learned:

1. Those involved in the challenge want to talk to each other. Many of you used the spreadsheet to encourage each other, which really warmed my heart. I was very isolated as a teen writer, and I longed for someone to talk about writing with. I adore this community of teen writers, and I love seeing the way you encourage and challenge each other.

Because of this, when we do the next 100 for 100 challenge (still working out the dates) I'm going to figure out a way to better facilitate conversation among the participants.

2. Many who took place in the first 100 for 100 challenge (Fall 2012) found this one more difficult.  I think I'm at least partially to blame for this. With releasing/promoting two titles this spring, I wasn't nearly as diligent about encouraging you guys. My husband pointed out that I hardly ever (maybe never?) mentioned it on the blog and that he forgot it was even going on. So I apologize for my part in the difficulty, and I promise to do better next time.

Here are the 70 writers who worked hard and were faithful to the end of the 100 for 100 challenge:

Aaron W.
Adriana Lister
Aidyl Ewoh 
Alex M.
Ally S
Alyson Schroll
Anna Schaeffer
Arlette G.
Bailey B.
Bethany Baldwin
Bruno Silva
Cait D
Caitlin Hensley
Deborah Rocheleaua
Destany T
Diana Fourall
Ely Gyrate
Emily Dakin
Emma K 
Erin Daly
Hannah C. J.
Hannah Elise
Heather Manning
Heather S.
Imogen Elvis
Jacinta Swindell
Jalyn Ely
Jenna C.
Jessi Roberts 
Jordan Hart
Kara Suderman
Katia Kozachok
Katie Bucklein
Katie Scherzinger
Kendra E. Ardnek
Kristian Beverly
Langston Jenkins
Lauren Welch
Lily Jenness
Lydia H. D.
Mariah DeGisi
Marlene E. Schuler
Matthew Schroll
Meaghan Ward
Megan M.
Meghan Gorecki
Michaela M.
Mime D
Mindy Butler
Rachelle Rea
Rebecca Wall
Robin Rani
Robyn Hoode
Rosie W.
Samuel L
Sara H.
Sarah Sackett
Sarah F.
Sarah Faulkner
Sarah R
Sarah Z.
Sierra Abrams
Sierra Bennett
Tamra C.
Terah Jones
Tonya L 
V. Kathie Ardnek 
Vlada L.
Zara Hoffman

(If you completed the challenge and your name is missing from this list, please let me know so I can add it!)

For fun, I looked up who wrote the most in each of the categories. Virtual high-fives go to:

Age 12 and under: Emily Dakin

Ages 13, 14, and 15: Mime D.

For ages 16, 17, and 18: Heather Manning

For ages 19, 20, and 21: Cait D.

For the Old Fogies (22+): Tonya LaCourse

The age group who had the most members complete the challenge: 16-18 with 27.

The age group who had the most words per person: 19-21 with an average of 47,734 words per writer.

And now for the prizes!

We're giving way 250 Go Teen Writers store points to five random writers who completed the challenge. The winners are:
Lauren Welch
Heather Manning
Sarah F.
V. Kathie Ardnek
Heather S.

The 5,000 word critique (a prize eligible to all writers in the 19-21 category for having the highest average word count among the competitors) goes to: Arlette G.

The 10,000 word critique (a prize eligible to all writers who completed the challenge) goes to: Jacinta Swindell

Congratulations to everyone who respected their dream by participating in the 100 for 100 challenge!


  1. A HUUUUGE round of applause to everyone who finished (and even those that didn't)!! And Cait...Mime...not surprised in the least, ladies ;)

    Wish I could've participated in this one, but I should be able to in the next! Whoo! (Just, please, don't make the way to interact Facebook...pretty please? :P)

    1. Yeah, *please* don't do it on Facebook... :)

    2. We won't :) I think it'll be an email loop.

    3. I agree Facebook is not my friend :P

    4. I like this idea though, of interacting during the challenge!

  2. WAAAAAAAH!!! ^_^

    I'm so happy.

  3. WAY TO GO GUYS!!!!! I'M SO PROUD OF YOU GUYS!! High fives for the 19-21 group! (that is a LOT of words!)

    And, Stephanie, it would be so fun to have a way to interact with each other during the next 100 for 100! :D I can't wait for the next 100 for 100! (hopefully I'll be able to stick it out next time)


  4. Woohoo! Congratulations everyone!!!

  5. *throws confetti* congrats, all!!

  6. Congratulations everybody!! We made it! :D *throws confetti*

  7. Congratulations to all participants! Well done! ^__^

  8. Congrats to everyone! I wish that I had known about this when it started.

    1. What she said. :)


    2. Don't worry, we'll have another one soon!

  9. Oh wow! I wrote the most of old fogies? I had bigger ideas at the beginning but my old foggie-ness got me, I'm not as spry as a once was.

    1. This Old Fogey couldn't even finish, so you're sprier than me!

  10. Yay! I had so much fun this time around and I can't wait to do it next time! It really helps me get writing and stay committed to it regularly. It would be great for me if we did a fall one and then another one that started in February. Basically like these past two :P I'm kinda using your challenge as a curriculum for my writing. Although I haven't been as good as keeping up with your posts as I could it has been really helping me out for this "subject". Anyway, congrats to the winners and the other 69 finishers!!!

  11. Congratulations to everyone!!

    I had a lot of fun doing this. This challenge really pushed me to keep up with my writing. I love to write, but I had not been taking too much time to write daily(something I always wanted to do). I loved the idea of writing at least 100 words every day, and this challenge helped me to do more than 100. My goal in the beginning was a big goal, but school and life lowered the goal a bit. I was able to finished with over 70,000 words, so I am glad to have been able to complete the challenge. :D

    Thank you for doing this challenge! It was amazing! :)

  12. Congratulations everyone!

    I'm one of the ones who has tried both challenges and hasn't finished yet, but I love participating! Maybe next time.

    Thanks Stephanie and Jill for hosting!

  13. Yay! I won!!! so happy! This was really fun. I'll definitely participate in the next one as well!

  14. Yay! I am happy I can say I've finished :)

  15. It was fun, and I'll very likely participate next time. (Unless it extends into December. December is my no-writing month. I knit instead.) My word count wasn't outstanding, but I'm quite pleased with it. I wanted a kick start to this novel, when is what it got, and I was also working on another project that probably racked up a good 50,000-60,000 words during that time. (I almost made it my 100 for 100 project, but it's in a notebook, and I didn't feel like counting it up myself.)

  16. :) I can't believe it!!! :) :) I'm so happy.

  17. Oh my I only just found out I won the 5.000 words critique, awesome! Everyone congratulations who won something and of course congrats to everyone who finished!

  18. Wow, great job guys! I hope I can do the next one, sounds like fun!

  19. Ah! Wish I'd known about this when it started! I want to try the next one. :)

  20. WOW That was AWESOME!! And I won the 10,000 word critique!!!! OH MY GOSH!!...jumps up and down shouting...