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Monday, September 19, 2011

Winners - First Campaigner Challenge

Thanks so much to all who took part in my First Campaigner Challenge! With 384 awesome entries, and hundreds of people voting on those they liked the best, I've had a fantastic time. I hope you all have too.

The time has come to announce the winners, woot! Winners have been chosen in three categories:
  1. 4 People's Choice Awards - chosen by you in the voting (by clicking "Like" on the entries);
  2. 12 places awarded by the judges, who've done an absolutely fantastic job of winnowing 384 entries down to the top 12 under the supreme organizational genius of Michael Offutt; and
  3. 5 random prizes (chosen by Mr. Random.org).
Before I reveal the winners, I'd love you all to offer up a huge thanks to three 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 Trisha Leaver and Sarah Ketley, who've done an amazing job administering the prizes and communicating with the prize donors. To say thank you, would you please pop over to Michael's, Trisha's, and Sarah's blogs and follow them if you haven't already :)

I also want to give all my thanks to those Campaigners who've generously donated over 130 prizes for my Campaigner Challenges (wow!) All I can say is, you guys rock, seriously!!! Wait until you see the awesome prizes below, and we've still got 2 Challenges to go :D

And now to the winners...*drumroll*:

People's Choice Awards

First Place: Jessica Therrien (46 votes)
Second Place: Erin L. Schneider (45 votes)
Third Place: 1000th.monkey (41 votes)
Fourth Place: Claire Hennessy (38 votes)

Congratulations guys!!! That was such a close call, particularly between First and Second Place!

Oh, what was that? You want to know what you've won? Well...*grins*...
  • In First Place, Jessica has won: 
  2. A free social media consultation to discuss blogging and social networking and assist in building your platform, donated by Mina Burrows (Mina works in this field, so I can imagine how useful this will be!). The prize also includes a $10 office gift card.
  3. A $10 Gift card to Barnes and Noble, donated by Kimberly Krey 
  4. A blog critique and a short guide to a better blog, donated by Marci Richards 
  • In Second Place, Erin has won: 
  1. A prize pack of three YA novels plus a signed bookmark of THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting, donated by K.M. Walton. The YA novels are a signed copy of I WAS A NON-BLONDE CHEERLEADER by Kieran Scott, a signed copy of THE YEAR OF MY MIRACULOUS REAPPEARANCE by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and a copy of WTF by Peter Lerangis
  2. Full manuscript critique, donated by Kelly McClymer  
  • In Third Place, 1000th.monkey has won: 
  1. A 10-page manuscript critique, donated by Alana Saltz (freelance editor)
  2. An ARC of SLIDING ON THE EDGE, donated by C. Lee McKenzie 
  3. An ebook copy of his contemporary mystery, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL (in a format readable by the winner), donated by J. Gunnar Grey 
  • In Fourth Place, Claire has won: 
  1. A 5-page critique by Jessica Aspen (contest judge and coodinator for CRW's AOE 2012 published author awards)
  2. Either a copy of Laura Pepper Wu's book WOW! GLOWING BRIDE IN 30 DAYS or a $10 Kindle giftcard sponsored by LadiesWhoCritique.com
  3. An eBook version of her debut novel, Purple Knot, donated by Raquel Byrnes 
Judging Round

The prizes below have been awarded based on the standard of your entries, as judged by a panel of 68 judges! Once the judges had determined the 12 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: M.C. Rogerson
  2. Second Place: Juliana L. Brandt
  3. Third Place: Barbara V. Evers
  4. Fourth Place: Jessica Therrien
  5. Fifth Place: Jocelyn Rish
  6. Sixth Place: Christine Tyler
  7. Seventh Place: 1000th.monkey
  8. Eighth Place: Candy Fite
  9. Ninth Place: Leah Denman
  10. Tenth Place: Christine Rains
  11. Eleventh Place: Alynza Smith
  12. Twelfth Place: Chantele Sedgewick
Congratulations, you all really deserve it!!! Your prizes are:
  • In First Place, M.C. Rogerson has won: 
  1. A premium membership to QueryTracker.net, donated by Kimberley  
  2. A full manuscript critique, donated by Michael D Young, a published author with editing experience
  3. A $20 Amazon gift card (emailed), donated by Christine Tyler
  • In Second Place, Juliana L. Brandt has won:
  1. A signed hardcover of POSSESSION, donated by Elana Johnson 
  2. A book on writing, winner's choice (eg, The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell), donated by Linda Gray. International postage 
  3. $25 Amazon Gift Card, donated by Angela Kulig 
  • In Third Place, Barbara V. Evers has won:
  1. A first-25 page critique, donated by Gabriela Pereira 
  2. A signed copy of his book RING OF FIRE, a young adult fantasy novel, donated by The Dark Myth 
  3. Swag (THE AETHER CHRONICLES buttons), donated by Suzanne Lazear 
  • In Fourth Place, Jessica Therrien has won: 
  1. A 30-page manuscript critique, donated by debut author (2012) Sangu Mandanna 
  2. A signed copy of her MG novel NEW BEGINNINGS (international postage), donated by Rebecca Emin 
  • In Fifth Place, Jocelyn Rish has won: 
  1. Copy of her upcoming book, TEMPESTUOUS TALES (either PDF or paperback) OR a free 480x60 web banner for the winner, donated by Kandie Delley 
  2. A copy of Divergent (US/Canada only), donated by Catherine M. Johnson 
  • In Sixth Place, Christine Tyler has won: 
  1. A query or first page critique and a paperback copy of her novel THE SECRET OF SPRUCE KNOLL, donated by Heather McCorkle
  2. A Smashwords coupon for a free ebook, donated by Amanda Leigh Cowley 
  • In Seventh Place, 1000th.monkey has won: 
  1. $15 Amazon gift card (emailed), donated by Janet Johnson 
  • In Eighth Place, Candy Fite has won: 
  1. An eBook copy of his debut novel CASSASTAR, donated by Alex J. Cavanaugh 
  2. A copy of her debut novel THE ADVOCATE (US/Canada only), donated by Teresa Burrell 
  • In Ninth Place, Leah Denman has won: 
  1. First three books in his ISLAND OF FOG series, in either print form or electronic .epub format, donated by Keith Robinson. Keith says, "I can send signed paperbacks directly to winner for free if the winner is in USA, otherwise I can send to Canada or anywhere international if the winner pays for the postage (usually about $13.00). Obviously there's no cost if the books are electronic." 
  • In Tenth Place, Christine Rains has won: 
  1. A signed copy of A.S. King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz, donated by Sommer Leigh 
  2. A Halloween MG/YA anthology (US only), donated by Natasha Hanova 
  • In Eleventh Place, Alynza Smith has won: 
  1. A paperback copy of A LOVE REKINDLED (US only), donated by Myne Whitman 
  • In Twelfth Place, Chantele Sedgewick has won: 
  1. First chapter critique, donated by Allison Miller 
  2. A free copy of one of her ebooks, donated by Angelina Rain 
Congratulations again to all 12 Finalists!!!

Random Prizes

And just because I can, I'm awarding 5 random prizes, chosen by Mr. Random.org!

The winners (and prizes) are:
  1. Sarah Pearson - A full manuscript critique (max. 85,000 words), donated by 1000th.monkey
  2. Jamilia Jamison - An ecopy, winner's choice, from her stories, donated by Nicole Zoltack AND a copy of DESPERATE SURRENDER (international postage), donated by Hildie McQueen 
  3. Nellie - Book of the winner's choice from TheBookDepository.com (International shipping), $15 max value, donated by Erin L. Schneider
  4. Theresa Milstein - A copy of THE SALEM WITCH TRYOUTS (international postage), donated by Kelly McClymer 
  5. Kate L. Lineberger - A critique of the first 15 pages of a manuscript or a short story under 15 pages, donated by Jocelyn Rish
Congratulations to all the winners, you've done such a great job in this Challenge!!! Remember, you've been chosen from 384 entries - how awesome is that! We'll be asking the donors to contact you directly regarding your prizes, but if you have any questions/concerns, please email us at thirdcampaign[at]gmail[dot]com.

And don't forget, the Second Campaigner Challenge will begin on September 22nd, so pop back then if you want to take part - there'll be more awesome prizes and you'll be able to vote for your favorite entries too!!!


Juliana L. Brandt said...

EEeeee!!! Thank you Rachael! I'm absolutely giddy over here :D This campaign has been amazing and I look forward to everything to come!

E. Arroyo said...

Wow...Awesome! Congrats to all those who won and thank you to the awesome judges. It looked like a lot of work. =)

Jessica Love said...

YAY WINNERS! :-D And what fantastic prizes!

Avery Marsh said...

Thanks, Rachael for everything, the judges for volunteering, and the donors for being so generous.

And congratulations to the winners! You all deserve it. Such talent! *bows*

Trisha said...

Congratulations to all the winners! I had such a great time reading different entries and interacting with my fellow Campaigners! Thanks to Michael and the others who helped with this Challenge!!

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

Woot woot!! congrats to all the winners!!! :D

Unknown said...

Mazel Tov (congratulations!) to all the winners!
Toda Raba (thank you) to Rachel and all the judges!
What an inspiring and wonderful way to be together writers! :)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

YAY!!! So excited!! Thank you so much! And congrats to everyone else!! :D

elizabethanne said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Well done!

Claire Hennessy said...

OMG! THANK YOU!! I am so honoured and thrilled to be among those given prizes. This was my first ever attempt at flash fiction so I am doubly excited. Gosh, how kind and generous with the prizes too. Thank you Rachael and everyone who put in so much time and effort to make this such an incredible first challenge. Off to run round the garden now :)

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Congrats everyone, well done! Cool prizes!

Dafeenah said...

Congrats to the winners!! I have no idea how you organize this on such a large scale i can barely manage what little I do I can't imagine managing this. YOU deserve a prize!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all winners! And wow, 384 entries?! It was great to see so many different stories branching out from the same opening words!

Kelley York said...

Whoo! There were some awesome entries. Congrats to all the winners!

Anonymous said...

The diversity of the entries was amazing.

Congrats to all the winners!

Thank you Rachael for putting this all together, to the judges, and people who donated such awesome prizes.

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations, winners! :)

Denise Covey said...

This is awesome. Congrats winners of every section - great prizes - and thanks to Rach and the judges. Must have been a huuuggggge task! Looking forward to next challenge! Thx to the donaters of such great prizes. Worth writing for, lol.


Unknown said...

Big hugs to all the judges, campaigners, and most of all Rach for putting this great campaign together!

I'm feeling a bit weak in the knees, but wearing a GIGANTIC smile on my face!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats to all the winners. Looking forward to the next challenge. :))

Aldrea Alien said...

A big Congrats to everyone! ^_^

And a just as big Well Done to all you judges, that must have been some tough work choosing.

Jamie McHenry said...

This was a lot of fun. Congratulations to the winners. Thanks to the judges. A giant thanks to Rachael.

Unknown said...

Congrats to all the winners!

kineticwriting/juliet said...

So awesome! congratulations everyone!

Randy said...

Rachel, Michael, and everyone else who worked on this - You guys rock.

Ruth Josse said...

Thank you for all your hard work! And congrats to all the winners!

Jess said...

Congratulations to all the winners! :)

Heather said...

Congratulations everyone! Fantastic entries, I had so much fun reading them all.

D.J. Kirkby said...

Only time for a quick congratulations to everyone before I rush off to work! I will come round and congratulate you all individually over the next few days.

Michael Di Gesu said...

That is some impressive list of winners and prizes. Congratulations to you ALL!

AND RACH, MICHAEL, SARAH, and TRISH a job super well done! You guys deserve around of applause.

Rebecca Emin said...

Congratulations to all the winners, this looks so well organised Rachel, thanks for all your hard work, as well as to the judges and organisers.

MC Rogerson said...

Woke up this morning to see Rachael's message about 1st prize and nearly fell over!! Thank you SO much! And congrats to all the other winners. If I haven't visited your blog yet, I will be round very soon :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all the winners! Wow, awesome.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Wow...you had some major prizes Rach. I'm stunned. Thanks for the shout outs everyone :))) The flash fictions were so good.

Leah said...

Massive thank-yous to Rachael, Michael, and everyone else involved in coordinating, judging, donating prizes, and so on. You are all absolutely amazing.

I am so pumped for the next challenge. =D

Isis Rushdan said...

Awesome prizes! Congratulations to all winners.

Stobby said...

Awesome! Congratulations everyone!!!


Miranda Hardy said...

Congrats to all the winners! This was an awesome challenge.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all, well done.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all, well done.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all the winners : )

mish said...

Congrats to all the winners ... such awesome prizes ! Well done organisers !

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the awesome judges and thank you, Rachael!



Zan Marie said...

Amazing orgainization! Fablous prizes! You've outdone yourself, Rach. Kudos to all your helpers. ; )

Alynza Smith said...

Yay! Awesome prizes. Thanks so much Rachael & all the judges!! :)

Tracey Joseph said...

Congratulations to the winners.

Sommer Leigh said...

Congratulations winners!!!! I am really honored to have been a part of this process :-) Thank you Michael and Rachael and the rest of the team for all your hard work!

Kerri Cuev said...

Congrats winners!! Amazing job judges!!!!

Angelina Rain said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Deana said...

What an awesome challenge and awesome winners!!!! So happy for you all:)

Christine Fonseca said...

Congrats to everyone! It was a lot of fun reading the entries.

Marie Andrews said...

WOO HOO! Congratulations to everyone! Way to go :) WOOT WOOT!!!


Jess said...

Congrats to all the winners! Can't wait for the second challenge!

Scott Stillwell said...

Congratulations to the winners, and tremendous thanks to the organizers and judges!

Liza said...

I'm not a campaigner, but I loved this challenge, but writing my own and reading so many good entries. I'm looking forward to the next one. Congratulations to all the winners!

Barbara V. Evers said...

A huge thanks to Rachel and everyone who put this together. I don't know how you managed this. It's quite an undertaking. I'm super excited and humbled to be a winner, too. Validation rocks!

Tina Moss said...

Congratulations! All of the entries were fantastic. As a judge it was very hard to narrow down the field. You should all be very proud.

Jessica Therrien said...

Wowzers! Thanks so much to all of the judges, campaigners, coordinators, and of course Rachael. It was so much fun reading all of the amazing stories, and I feel so honored to have won. THANK YOU a million x infinity x 7!!!

Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations to the winners. What cool prizes! I'm going to go back and check the entries.

And thanks, Mr. Random.org!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

WOW! Congratulations to all the winners, and are those totally awesome prizes or what! :)

Alicia Gregoire said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Julie Hedlund said...

What an amazing set of winning entries and prizes! Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to Rachael and Michael for all of your hard work! This contest was so fun, and I look forward to the next one.

Super Happy Jen said...

Congratulations to the winners! Now when's the next challenge? I'm pumped!

Tara Tyler said...

congrats to the winners! hard to choose, they were all so good!

looking forwrd to the next one =)

Unknown said...

Many, many congratulations to all the winners! And WOW but that must have taken some major organizational genius (this post alone looks like it was a mission to put together!)... Must go and thank those who helped with everything :-)

Erin L. Schneider said...

So many amazing entries - this was a super fun challenge!

Thanks so much for bringing us all together, Rachael - you and the team have moved mountains to pull this all off without a hitch!

Congrats to everyone who won - and thank you for all the goodies!

Janet Johnson said...

Wow! That is a lot of work there, Rach and all the judges. congrats to all the winners!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yeh for all the winners!!! :)

And a big thanks to Rachael and all the judges and to everyone who donated prizes. This is my first Campaign and I am having a blast!

PaulaSJwriter said...

Congratulations to all winners! Very well done! Thanks to Rach too for issuing this challenge. Like some others of you, this was my first attempt at flash fiction. I love it so much that I feel like a winner too. My prize? A whole new form to write in!

PaulaSJwriter said...

Thanks to the judges too. Lots of very good hard work cheerfully done!

David P. King said...

A humongous CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners! Every single one of your entries were fantastic reads. Makes me look forward to the next round even more! :)

Abby Fowers said...

How exciting! Congratulations to all the winners. I am loving this campaign.

Daniel R. Marvello said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated. I enjoyed reading your entries, and you are all winners just for putting yourself out there. Great work!

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!! Congrats to all the winners. You all did such a bang up job.


Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations to all the winners! :)

Isabella said...

Congrats to all the winners! I didn't win, but it was awesome trying. [:

I can't wait for the next challenge!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Sarah Tokeley said...

Congratulations to the winners, and huge thanks to the judges, organisers and those who donated prizes.

Karen deBlieck said...

Congrats to all those who won and thank you Rach and all the helpers for allowing this to happen...it was fun. :D

Christine Rains said...

Wow! Thank you very much. Congratulations to all the other winners and cheers to all the participants. This has been so much fun so far. I can't wait for the next challenge.

@kankan929 on twitter said...

wow! I second that 'thanks' to Michael Offutt,Trisha Leaver and Sarah Ketley, for doing an outstanding job assisting Rachael with the First Campaigner challenge! Congrats to all the winners!!! This is such an interactive group. And Jocelyn Rish...I'm coming for you [to deliver your prize!]

Rachael, you're simply marvelous!


Anonymous said...

Wow! How much aesome is that. Congrats to all the winners. This is probably the best online competition in the world :)

Jocelyn Rish said...

Squee!!! I'm so excited! Rach, thank you so much for a fantastic contest. And thank you to the helpers, judges, and people who donated prizes. Congrats to all the winners - I'm looking forward to reading the stories I haven't seen yet.

Alana said...

384 entries. And the judges made it through them all? That's AMAZING! I think the judges deserve a huge high five!

cleemckenzie said...

What a great list of winners and prizes. Hurray to all!

Anonymous said...

congrats to all the winners and thank you to all the judges. This is just a very cool thing you're all doing here

Shannon Lawrence said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Awesome prizes!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the winners! The entries were awesome.

K. M. Walton said...

This was a massive undertaking and it was run as smooth as silk.

Congratulations to the winners!

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to the winners. I can only imagine the amount of work that went into this.

Anonymous said...

Sure are a lot of generous people donating things to make this one of few great prize challenges. Congrats to the winners!

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