December 26, 2012

The Holiday Contest Winners!!!

Good Extremely Late Afternoon Practically Evening Everyone!

I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had a Merry one filled with happiness yesterday.

I realize I'm way behind schedule today... lots of family visiting and lots going on... but having promised, I didn't want to let you down completely - better late than never, right? :)

I know you've all been waiting with barely controlled (or possibly uncontrolled) antsiness to find out who won the amazing Holiday Contest!

So without further ado, here they are, the winners of the Pretty Much World Famous 2nd Annual Holiday Contest!!!

First Place: Laura Renauld for Humphrey The Humbug

Second Place: Marci Henry for Jingle Sheep

Third Place: Cheryl Secomb for Dashing Through The Snow

Fourth Place: Penny Klostermann for Christmas Bash-A-Roo

Fifth Place: Joanna Marple  for The Tree

All five winners will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate as soon as I have all the email addresses (Marci and Cheryl, I may need yours).  And I will sort out which winner gets which PB critique ASAP and update this post, so check back!

UPDATE: The critiques have been sorted and will be assigned as follows:

Laura - Corey Rosen Schwartz
Marci - Amy Dixon
Cheryl - Sarah Frances Hardy
Penny - Tiffany Haber
Joanna - Alison Hertz

Congratulations to all our winners for fantastic stories amid fierce competition, and congratulations to all who entered!  Everyone who took the time to exercise their creativity and actually write and post an entry deserves to feel proud of their efforts.  And many thanks to everyone  - writers and readers - for making the Holiday Contest so much fun for the second year in a row!

And now, because I have grossly overestimated how much blogging time I'd have during the holidays, I must announce that I will not be doing Perfect Picture Book Friday this week (although I will post the link list for anyone who wants to) and I will probably not post Monday the 31st either.  And if I fail to visit your blogs as much as usual, it's not because I don't love you :)  It's important to enjoy time with the family when you can :)

Enjoy your holidays and Happy New Year to everyone, with all best wishes for happiness, health, and publication in 2013!!!



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52 comments:

  1. Heaps of congratulations to the winners! Those were fantastic stories!



    And I'm so glad to hear you're taking some rest time and family time, Susanna -- you have certainly earned it. Enjoy!!!!

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  2. How exciting! Thank you, Susanna! And thank you so much to
    everyone that voted. This has been a lot of fun.



    Susanna, I've emailed you my email address. Please let me know if you didn't receive it.


    Thank you!


    Cheryl

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  3. Congrats to all the winners and to all who entered!! This is coming from someone who couldn't get her act together enough to even enter so, if you entered - you're a winner in my book!!

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  4. Congratulation! What a great competition, it was a lot of fun reading all these fantastic entries. Well done to all!

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  5. Congratulations everyone!! Great job! So much fun!

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  6. I'm excited! Congrats to all winners! I enjoyed each and every one of your stories. In fact, I just finished reading ALL 40 entries this afternoon...They definitely added more merry to my Christmas!

    And, Susanna—many, many thanks for your time and effort! You're the best! Enjoy your family!

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  7. Congratulations everyone! You all are so talented!

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  8. This is thrilling! Thank you to all who voted. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Everyone! I think we all deserve some R&R :)

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  9. Congratulations to all the winners! I enjoyed reading all your entries -- fantastic job! Thanks Susanna for all your hard work -- this was such a fun contest. Hope you have a relaxing rest of your holiday!

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  10. Congratulations to all the winners! I loved reading all the finalist entries and it's great to see some of my favourites among the winners.

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  11. So fabulous! Thanks to everyone who entered, read the entries, and voted. I'm honored and very inspired. What a great bunch of stories. Thanks, Susanna, for putting this contest together. Happiest of New Year's to all.



    Susanna, sending you my email. Happy to resend if it doesn't work.

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  12. Congratulations, Marci, on a really fun, creative story! Thank you so much for entering. As you can tell, you delighted many people! :) And I hope I got your email right :)

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  13. Congratulations to you, too, Jo, on a really great entry! Thanks so much for taking the time to be part of the competition!

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  14. Thanks, Elaine! Maybe we'll get an entry from you for the next contest... :)

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  15. Thanks, Margaret! And thanks to you for a wonderful and very entertaining entry!

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  16. Congratulations, Laura! It's quite something to have won this one - the most entries we've ever had, and all so great! Well done!! :)

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  17. Thanks for being such an enthusiastic reader of all the stories, Pam! And I'll hope for another entry from you in one of the upcoming contests in 2013! :)

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  18. Thank you, Penny! I will :) And congratulations to you on a fantastic and very creative entry which, as you can tell, was thoroughly enjoyed my many! :)

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  19. So glad you enjoyed it, Yvonne, and congratulations to you for a wonderful entry! Thank you again fro joining in the fun, and I hope I'll get to see more stories from you in future contests! :)

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  20. POSTED FOR DIANE at http://thepatientdreamer.com

    Congratulations to all the winners. It was a lot of fun joining in, thankyou Susanna. Enjoy your time with family, have a Happy New Year!

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  21. Thank you so much, Diane, I will! And thank you for joining in the fun with your wonderful, creative and original entry!

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  22. Well, we missed you, Lori, but there's always the next contest! :) Thanks for being an enthusiastic reader for this one!

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  23. Congratulations on you magical entry, Cheryl! I'm so glad you decided to participate! I will look forward to more stories from you in future contests :)

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  24. It was certainly an amazing group of stories, yours among them, Beth! Congratulations to you on a wonderful entry! And thanks - I'm looking forward to some family time :)

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  25. Thank you, Susanna! Your blog is a lot of fun. I plan to be a regular visitor. :-)

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  26. Yay, my vote counted! :) Congrats to all the winners!

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  27. delores @ thefeatherednestDecember 27, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Congratulations to the winners. Enjoy your blogging break.

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  28. Congratulations to all the winners!! And to all participants- the entries were amazing this year! Enjoy your family time, Susanna! Will you go dashing through the snow today?

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  29. Enjoy your wee break, Susanna, my but you deserve it with running a holiday competition and Erik's B-day surprise just before Christmas!

    Congratulations to all who won and well done to all who participated and thanks to all who voted, too! Thank you, and happy new year!

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  30. Sometimes Time comes through to be kind or "wag of the finger" reminder of of how much we didn't realize was available lol!.
    Many Congrats to the winners and take some time to do something abnormal, like sit down, breathe, smile and do nothing for five minutes.

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  31. Congratulations to all of the participants, and especially to the winners.

    And a big thank you to Susanna for spending so much time running this contest - I loved participating & I loved reading the other entries. Wishing you much relaxation & family time in the days to come.

    Happy New Year!

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  32. Congratulations to all the winners. They all were excellent entries!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading every participant's entry. Great contest this year. And, thank you Susanna for all of your time and effort. Your love for this community shines brightly.


    Just received your post in my e-mail today. Sorry I'm late to respond.

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  33. Congratulations winners! All deserve a round of applause! Thanks for putting it all together Susanna - now it is moist certainly time to put your feet up!

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  34. Yay winners! I loved all the stories. It was hard to choose.

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  35. It really was! So many great stories from so many talented writers! I look forward to these contests so much because I am always impressed by the quality and creativity. Thanks for reading, voting, and cheering on, Hannah! :)

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  36. Thanks for your enthusiastic participation and your wonderful entry, Julie! Looking forward to lots more writing fun in 2013 :)

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  37. Thanks for your terrific entry, Pat - I truly wish everyone could win! - and for all your kind words and support. I'm looking forward to lots more writing fun together in the coming year! And you were not late! I was! I didn't post this until about 5 yesterday afternoon so it didn't email out until this morning :)

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  38. Many congratulations to all the winners!! They were great stories. Thanks Susanna for all the time you took putting the contest together. We all enjoyed it everyone of us. So glad to hear you are taking some family time. Enjoy them. :)

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  39. Congrats Winners! :D There were so many awesome entries! Congratulations to everyone!!

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  40. Congratulations to all of the winners (everyone who participated did an awesome job!) and thanks to all of the prize donors! And Susanna...PLEASE enjoy your family...we are all grateful for everything you do for us.:)

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  41. Well I am over the moon to hear that! So glad Cheryl :)






























    Cheryl Secomb (unregistered) wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:

    Thank you, Susanna! Your blog is a lot of fun. I plan to be a regular visitor. :-)

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    IP address: 98.246.115.165

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  42. Thank you, Vivian! I am grateful for all of you :)

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  43. And to you too, Erik, for a wonderful story :)

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  44. Thank you, Clar! I'm glad you enjoyed the contest, and I AM enjoying my family :) Happy New Year and see you in 2013!

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  45. Thank you so much, Patricia, for your participation and for your kind wishes! Happy New Year to you too, and looking forward to all kinds of fun in 2013!

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  46. Thank you, Angela, for understanding - and so funny because I just read your post on taking "me" time :) Happy New Year - looking forward to 2013! :)
    Susanna Leonard HillChildren's AuthorWebsiteBlogFace Book PageTwitter

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  47. Congratulations to you, Joanna, on a wonderful story, and thanks for your kind words. I am so glad to do anything that people enjoy :) Happy New Year, and looking forward to all the writing fun we'll have in 2013! :)

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  48. Hahaha! If you only knew what happened in the snow today. Let's just say I'm grateful nothing is actually broken, but my typing will be even worse than usual for a few days! :)

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  49. Thank you, Delores :) Happy New Year to you and yours!:)

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  50. Of course your vote counted :) Thanks for voting!

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