"Dinner" Winner!
Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 4:27 PM

The results are in and the winner has been chosen...

With the highest overall rating (116 stars / 24 reviews) the winner is...

Michael Cannata's Dinner for Who? with an overall rating of 4.84 Stars

Congratulations Michael! The free entry into the Premium Writing Contest has been placed in your name. All you'll need to do is submit your entry using this link and we'll make sure it gets into the contest.

Close behind were:

Joe Niewierski's Of Dinner and Time with 4.81 Stars (Overrated a bit in my opinion.)


Michelle Kidd's A Birthday Dinner with 4.74 Stars

Congratulations to everyone who entered and thanks to all who posted reviews. I can't wait for the next contest to begin!

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 4:46 PM

Congratulations! Couldn't have happened to uh...er nicer guy. Really, way to go Michael, great story. And congrats to Joe and Michelle too!

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 5:03 PM

Congrats Michael on winning the dinner contest. Joe and Michelle, great job too.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 6:48 PM

Congratulations on your win Michael. And congratulations to Joe and Michelle for coming in so close.  Everyone did a fantastic job and I enjoyed taking part in it.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 7:33 PM

 Thank you one and all... especially for the generous ratings most everyone gave me. Like Joe, I feel a bit overwhelmed at the response. Joe's story was just as deserving and I feel more lucky than anything else to have won.

And anytime I come in ahead of my dear friend, Michelle I'm a happy man. She's hard to beat.

I do have a question... does my entry need to be an original piece or can I enter a story I have already posted? Would "Dinner for Who?" be eligble?

Congrats to everyone who entered!

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 8:19 PM

Those were awesome stories..  Congratulations!!!   It was a fun contest and I enjoyed reading everyone's entry.  I'll win another contest eventually..  lol   If not, oh well, I have fun and that's the most important thing.. :-)

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 9:23 PM

Congratulations, Michael!




Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 9:39 PM

 Another question... can I edit the story before I submit it?

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 9:51 PM

 Congradulations Michael, You are now banned from future contests. Just kidding. Good work.

a big thank you to all who partisipated in this contest. All the stories were good reads.

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013 11:27 PM

This has been an eye opener.  I always wondered why my stories never win contests but I never get to read the other contestant to be humble enough to say I need to read more.  I am a really picky reader.  If your story does not capture me in 30 words, forget it.  I dose off.  Now I can say I have reason to read more.  I have found a site where there are writers worth my reading time.  Not sure if I can critique yet.  I can get pretty harsh.  Michael, and Joe and Michelle really wrote awesome and thoughtful stories that reflects human reactions.  Their words just flow nicely to the end.

Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:09 AM

Congratulations to Michael and Joe--great entries guys! Wanted to thank everyone that took time to read and review and give me such helpful comments. I learn something new each contest. Congratulations to every one that put on their thinking caps and exercised their wonderful imaginations, this makes us all better writers! :-)

Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 8:01 PM

Good job Michael!


That story was really cool! Good luck in the next contest.

Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 8:05 PM

I guess we can remove our stories from theuser contest now...   :-)

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 12:05 PM

So, who has an idea for our next contest? Animal, vegetable, mineral? I promise not to write something so depressing this time... well, I promise to try not to write something so depressing... my characters tend to take over, so...

Also, I'm willing to limit it to reviews for any forum contest if everyone liked that better. Just let me know what you have in mind.

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 8:03 PM

I have some ideas but I'll let someone else come up with something.  If no one starts one up soon is it okay if I start one?? 

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 8:14 PM

Congrats to Michael! 

Ideas for a new contest? I'll see what I can come up with.

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 8:54 PM

Anyone who wants can start one. Go for it Virginia!

Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013 1:51 PM

I'll give everyone a chance to recover from this last contest..  lol  If no one has come up with a contest by later on this week, I'll jump in with one..  :-)

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 1:01 AM

New contest idea? How about TORTURE ? Of any kind. Not necessarily the sadistic sort done to gain information. It could be suffering through a blind date or a trip to the dentist or jury duty or anything. I had a bit of torture this week when my mother went to the ICU and we had to wait outside. She's back home now, BTW... Anyhow, I guess we've all gone through torture of one kind or another. The other instance I remember was in the 80's when I was forced to attend a Tom Jones concert.

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 12:23 PM

James Hold, ooooh ... I once had a blind date with a girl who had a bad case of body odor, not just cheap perfume.  I don't remember much about the date, except that while we were in the car, I couldn't get away from her smell.  Outside in the park, I stayed up wind from her.  I kept thinking, "Why doesn't her mother tell her about deodorant?"  I remember her now as not very pretty, but that image might be unfairly "tainted".

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 2:08 PM

Okay James, are you willing to hold a TORTURE contest??  lol  That would be a great idea..   I'm sure we all have had a moment or so of torture in our lives.. :-)

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 3:22 PM


Despite my name, I would not like to "hold" a contest. :-) 

Meaning I wouldn't want to be responsible for it since I would automatically ban any previous contest winner from entering.

No, TORTURE was just a topic suggestion if anybody wanted to take the ball and run with it.

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 8:41 PM

 Jack and I have an idea. Check out the new forum post about the new Ivey League contest proposal

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 6:23 PM

@James..  Yes I know..  lol   It is a wonderful idea for a contest in the future..  I have several ideas for contests in the future too..  I might even host one when this next one is finished..  :-)