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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Winners - First Campaigner Challenge (Fourth Campaign)

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Well, the votes and judging for the First Campaigner Challenge are now in, and I'm really excited to be able to announce all the winners in this post! With 210 awesome entries in the Challenge, and hundreds of people voting on those they liked the best (not to mention the fantastic work by the judges), it's been an awesome few weeks. I hope you've all had a great time too!

As with previous Challenges, Winners have been chosen in three categories:
  1. People's Choice Awards - chosen by you in the voting (by clicking "Like" on the entries);
  2. Places awarded by the judges, who've done an absolutely fantastic job of winnowing 210 entries down to the top 10 under the supreme organizational genius of Michael Offutt; and
  3. Random prizes (chosen by Mr. Random.org).
Before I reveal the winners, I'd love you all to offer up a huge thanks to five awesome people who helped me out with this First Campaigner Challenge. Michael Offutt, who single-handedly organized the legion of judges through three rounds of judging and brought order into the depths of chaos - I couldn't have done this without him! And Ozlem Yikici, Steph Schmidt, and Kathleen Doyle, who've done an amazing job administering the prizes and communicating with the prize donors.  I'd also like to thank K.T. Hanna, for all her awesome help with the Campaigner Notice-Board.

To thank them for all of their help, I'd love them to accept this Campaign Appreciation Badge :)


And now to the winners...*drumroll* (We have heaps of prizes, so if by chance you receive a US only prize but you live internationally, email me asap and we'll see what we can come up with).

People's Choice Awards

First Place: Kevin Hiatt (120 votes)
Second Place: Jessica McKendry (108 votes)
Third Place: Carrie Butler (48 votes)
Fourth Place: David Powers King (42 votes)
Fifth Place: Alynza (37 votes)
Sixth Place: Morgan Shamy (33 votes)
Seventh Place (tied): Alyssa McKendry (30 votes)
Seventh Place (tied): Rachel Morgan (30 votes)

Congratulations guys!!! And as for what you've won, here it is:

In First Place, Kevin Hiatt has won:
  1. A full manuscript critique, donated by Carl Duzett. Carl says: “I will provide a critical read of a full-length work. The winner must contact me via email with their work attached. My feedback will be honest and geared towards improvement, not towards validation. Allow a 2-3 week turnaround on the critique.” 
  2. ARCs of Anna Carey's EVE (YA Dystopia), Martha Southgate's A TASTE OF SALT (Contemporary Fiction), and Jennifer Castle's THE BEGINNING OF AFTER and/or AMERICAN DERVISH, donated by Jenn Baker-Henry (US/Canada only). 
In Second Place, Jessica McKendry has won:
  1. A critique of the first five chapters/twenty pages of your manuscript (whichever is longer) or a complete short story. In addition I will offer a critique for the overall design of your book cover and advice on artistic direction, donated by Ozlem Yikici.
  2. ARCs of INTERRUPTED by Rachel Coker (release March 2012), NUMBERS INFINITY by Rachel Ward (Release May 2012), and ONCE by Anna Carey (Release July 2012), donated by Alison Miller.
In Third Place, Carrie Butler has won:
  1. A detailed 20 page critique (double-spaced) or first chapter critique (whichever is smaller), and a $15 Barnes & Noble voucher (by email), donated by K.T. Hanna.
  2. An ARC of LIVING VIOLET by Jaime Reed, and a copy of HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson, donated by Akossiwa Ketoglo (US/Canada only).
  3. A copy of the ebook CURSE OF ANCIENT SHADOWS (YA Fantasy) by Rod Tyson, donated by Rod Tyson.
In Fourth Place, David Powers King has won:
  1. A partial critique (up to 30 pages) of a manuscript and/or query letter donated by Jenn Baker-Henry .
  2. A signed copy of Holly Black’s WHITE CAT, donated by Celesta (US only).
  3. The first three books in the Sefuty Chronicles by Alberta Ross (e-books from Smashwords, in the format the winner prefers), donated by Alberta Ross.
In Fifth Place, Alynza has won:
  1. A query and first chapter critique, donated by Mark Koopmans.
  2. A TOUCH MORTAL by Leah Clifford, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, SNITCH by Allison van Diepen, donated by Liz (US only)
  3. Book Swag (for ORACLE by J.C. Martin) including postcard, bookmarks, and magnet, donated by J.C. Martin.
In Sixth Place, Morgan Shamy has won:
  1. A first chapter or first 2000 words critique, donated by Lynda R. Young.
  2. An ebook copy of URCHIN KING (YA Historical Fantasy) by Katherina Gerlach (Smashwords voucher or directly via email), donated by Katherina Gerlach
In Seventh Place, Alyssa McKendry has won:
  1. A first chapter critique, donated by Amymarie
In Seventh Place, Rachel Morgan has won:
  1. A 10 page critique of a manuscript, donated by Jenny.
Judging Round

The prizes below have been awarded based on the standard of your entries, as judged by our awesome judges! Once the judges had determined the top 10 Finalists, I decided which place each Finalist would be awarded. And boy was it hard, the entries were all SOOOO good!

Here are the Finalists and their prizes:
  1. First Place: Kevin Hiatt (and congratulations on winning both first places!) 
  2. Second Place: Sher A Hart 
  3. Third Place: Angeline Trevena 
  4. Fourth Place: Brooke R. Busse 
  5. Fifth Place: Carrie Bastyr 
  6. Sixth Place: Kerri Cuevas 
  7. Seventh Place: Sarah Pearson 
  8. Eighth Place: Esther Spurrill-Jones 
  9. Ninth Place: Andy Brokaw 
  10. Tenth Place: Tara Tyler 
Congratulations, you all really deserve it!!! 

In First Place, Kevin Hiatt has won:
  1. A $20 Amazon/Kindle giftcard, donated by Melissa.
  2. A signed copy of BRISTOL bOYZ STOMP by Doreen McGettigan and a 100 page critique, donated by Doreen McGettigan.
  3. A copy of HOOKED: WRITE FICTION THAT GRABS READERS AT PAGE ONE AND NEVER LETS THEM GO by Les Edgerton, donated by Christine Tyler (USPS media mail - US only).
In Second Place, Sher A Hart has won:
  1. A book of the winner’s choosing up to a $15 value on Amazon, donated by David P. King.
  2. A 5K or 20 page critique (whichever comes first), donated by Melissa.
  3. A signed copy of each of the current books in the MEANT TO BE series (MEANT TO BE and THE COUPLES) by Richard Alan (and a free download via Smashwords coupon of both books), donated by Richard Alan (US/Canada only).
  4. An ebook copy of OPRESSION (CHILDREN OF THE GODS #1) by Jessica Therrien, donated by Jessica Therrien.
In Third Place, Angeline Trevena has won:
  1. A query and first 20 page critique, donated by Cortney Pearson.
  2. A $10 e-giftcard to Barnes & Noble, donated by Komal Lewis.
  3. An ARC of GRIMM by Anna Waggener, donated by Anna Waggener (US/Canada only).
  4. An ebook copy of CURSE OF ANCIENT SHADOWS by Rod Tyson, donated by Rod Tyson.
In Fourth Place, Brooke R. Busse has won:
  1. A $10 Amazon gift card, donated by Lady Gwen.
  2. A signed copy of ARTICLE 5 by Kristen Simmons and a first chapter critique, donated by Julie Maughon.
  3. A copy of DARK MIND by Jennifer Chase, donated by Jennifer Chase (US/Canada only).
In Fifth Place, Carrie Bastyr has won:
  1. A $10 e-gift card to a national coffee shop chain, donated by Jenn Baker-Henry
  2. A ten page critique and a signed copy of ERAGON by Christopher Paolini, donated by Kate Coursey (US/Canada only).
  3. (Source)
  4. An ebook copy of HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN by Magan Vernon, donated by Magan Vernon.
In Sixth Place, Kerri Cuevas has won:
  1. A critique of a first chapter (up to 10 pages or 3000 words) OR query critique,
  2. donated by Julie Daines.
  3. A copy of BESTEST.RAMADAN.EVER by Medeia Sharif, donated by Medeia Sharif (US/Canada only).
In Seventh Place, Sarah Pearson has won:
  1. A 15 page critique, donated by Avery Marsh.
  2. An ebook copy of VOODOO DUES and a copy of the follow-up VAMPIRE BLUES by Stephany Simmons, donated by Stephany Simmons.
In Eighth Place, Esther Spurrill-Jones has won:
  1. A query critique OR a critique of the first ten pages of a manuscript, donated by Susan Francino.
  2. A signed copy of THE DRAGON AND THE CROW by T.B. McKenzie, donated by T.B. McKenzie
In Ninth Place, Andy Brokaw has won:
  1. A detailed critique of first 15 pages, donated by Margo Kelly.
In Tenth Place, Tara Tyler has won:
  1. A critique of 2500 words, donated by Jodi Su Tharan.
Random Prizes

And just because I can, I'm awarding 7 random prizes, chosen by Mr. Random.org! The winners (and prizes) are:
  1. Cortney Pearson - A book cover design or blog banner, donated by Shelley Koon and a one page critique, donated by Cherie Reich
  2. Roland Yeomans - A $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, donated by Miranda Hardy (US only) and a one page critique, donated by Cherie Reich
  3. Synithia W - A signed copy of DEPRESSION COOKIES by Tia Bach, donated by Tia Bach.
  4. Siv Maria - A copy of the ebook CURSE OF ANCIENT SHADOWS by Rod Tyson, donated by Rod Tyson.
  5. RaeAnn - A critique of winner’s query, donated by Nancy S. Thompson.
  6. Sylvia van Bruggen - An ebook copy of BLUEBERRY TRUTH by Ute Carbone (in a format preferred by the winner), donated by Ute Carbone
  7. Megan Orsini - A one page critique, donated by Cherie Reich.
Congratulations to all the winners, you've done such a great job in this Challenge!!! Remember, you've been chosen from 210 entries - how awesome is that! We'll be asking the donors to contact you directly regarding your prizes in most cases, but some donors have asked some winners to get in touch with them - if that is the case, we'll send you an email to let you know. If you have any questions/concerns about your prize, please email me.

And don't forget, the Second Campaigner Challenge is now taking place, so make sure you enter before 11.59pm EDT on Friday.

 

45 comments:

Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations, winners! I'm so happy to see so many names I know. And two of them aren't even 18! (Brooke and Jessica!)

I enjoyed reading many of the entries.

Tara Tyler said...

this is amazing! congrats to all!
a valuable prize just being in the the first group,
and now this!
thanks so much! to Rach for organizing & the judges for judging (your time is valued!) & the donators of prizes!

plus i met tons of new folks!
so glad i am participating =)

Jenny said...

Congratulations everyone! Job well done!

Rachel, what is the best way for the winners to claim their prize?

C.M.Brown said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Each and every one of you deserve it! I am having a great time in this campaign, it has been awesome dropping around reading all your entries and checking out your blogs, I am having such a great time!

Charmaine Clancy said...

Awesome prizes, well done everyone. There were some amazing entries.
Wagging Tales

Kathleen said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations to the winners! And thanks to all the judges, and to you Rach!

Linda Jackson said...

Congratulations, everyone!

Journaling Woman said...

Congratulations to all!!!

Stuart Nager said...

Congratulations to all the winners.

Liza said...

Congratulations to all the winners. This was a fun challenge!

E. Arroyo said...

congrats! This was awesome. =)

Grumpy Bulldog, March Madman said...

Pretty sure I didn't read any of those.

Miranda Hardy said...

Yeah! Congrats to all the winners.

Mina Burrows said...

Congrats to all the winners! Awesome prizes too! Great job, everyone!

Erin Kane Spock said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

Sarah Pearson said...

Oh wow! Thank you so much. Thanks to the judges and donation givers and congratulations to the other winners :-)

David P. King said...

That's so cool. If it weren't for Mark, I wouldn't have known that I placed. Thank you very much! And congratulations to everyone! :)

Rachel Morgan said...

I totally almost missed my name there! Lol! Thank you to everyone who voted for me, and BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners! It's amazing to have so many winners and so many prizes!

Samantha said...

Congratulations to all of the winners! I'm seeing a lot of familiar names on these lists :D

Cherie Reich said...

Congratulations to all the winners!!

Siv Maria said...

Congrats to all the winners! Still working my way through the entries. How great that Mr. Random found my name and I get a prize too. I love prizes, what a great Birthday present for my blog!Thank you Mr. Random :)

Morgan said...

This campaign has been amazing... Thanks Rach for everything... Nothing like being connected with your own breed of people! ;)

Jarm Del Boccio said...

Congratulations, everyone! I know a lot of hard work went into your entries...

Carrie Butler said...

:O Thank you so much, guys! There was so much time and effort put into this challenge. I really, really appreciate it. :)

Congratulations, all!

YelenaC said...

Congratulations to all the winners! I'm so glad I joined the challenge and met so many great writers!

Melissa said...

Congrats to all the winners. And a shout out to Rach and her many helpers for putting is all together. = )

Kevin Hiatt said...

Congratulations to all the winners. I'm stunned to have been among the winners. Thanks to Rach and everyone who contributed and helped.

This made my day!

Synithia said...

Congrats to all the winners! And thanks for the random surprise!

Sher A. Hart said...

I'm so twitterpated (is that a real word?) I've been here about 6 times today to say thanks and don't remember if I ever did it because I keep clicking links to see the entries I missed. So Thanks!

RaeAnn said...

THANKS RACH!!! Thanks so much! I didn't think I would make it...but then the random prize caught me by surprise! I really do appreciate it, and many thanks!
Oh, and special thanks to all the judges and sponsors! You're all awesome! And thanks to Nancy S. Thompson!!!

Rachael Harrie said...

Thanks so much for your awesome comments everyone :)

@Jenny - either the prize donor will contact the winner or I'll send them an email telling them how to claim their prize :)

Hugs,

Rach

Rek said...

Congrats to all the winners and thanks to the judges, participants and Rach herself for making it an enjoyable experience.

Cortney Pearson said...

Yay, congrats winners, and thanks so much, Rachael!!

digillette said...

Congrats to all the winners! This was such an awesome event! It was overwhelming trying to visit everyone!

Caitlin said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Wow, there are some really awesome prizes.

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations to the winners! :)

Brooke R. Busse said...

Oh! I really didn't think my entry was the best, I wrote it too quickly, but thank you all for thinking so. ^^

And Sarah, you won, too! Yay!

Congratulations to all the other winners and thanks to all the people who stopped by my blog to congratulate me. ^^

Jana Denardo said...

congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who helped out and donated.

C.B. Wentworth said...

Congratulations to all the winners! :-) I don't know how you guys were able to narrow it down from so many wonderful entries!

Elise Fallson said...

Bravo to all the winners! Much deserved and a huge Thank You to Rachael and everyone who helps out during the campaign. You all ROCK! (:

akoss said...

wow Congrats to all the winners.

Kerrie Boyd Thomas said...

Stopping over from the A to Z Challenge. I can't wait to start!!
P.S. Of course I'm your newest follower
Giggle, Laugh, Cry

Ann Cory said...

Congrats to all of the winners! What an outstanding job :) WOO HOO!

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats to the winners! :-D

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