The Winners of the
Twitter Writing Contest Are…


The results are in, and let me tell you… this was tough.

Just to review, the idea behind the Twitter Writing Contest was simple… compose a story in exactly 140 characters and post it on Twitter. I want to thank everyone who participated, because there are a ton of talented writers out there (even at 140 characters)!

Let me introduce the judges real fast before we proceed:

  • Lisa Hoover – Senior Editor at and blogger for Weblogs, Inc. and the GigaOM network.
  • Tamar Weinberg – Social media power user and blogger/consultant for Lifehacker, Search Engine Roundtable, and Mashable.
  • Chris Garrett – New media consultant, authority blogging expert, and co-author of Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income.
  • Darren Rowse – Some guy in Australia. :-)
  • Oh, and me… some guy not even cool enough to be in Australia.

If there’s one thing all the judges agree on, it’s that there were way too many great submissions for this to be an easy exercise. Voting was incredibly tight among the top tier of submissions.

We could have easily had 10 or more winners, but instead chose to expand the winner pool to five. So, there remains first, second and third places, plus two honorable mentions that will also receive prizes from late donors.

So here we go.

First Place:

“Time travel works!” the note read. “However you can only travel to the past and one-way.” I recognized my own handwriting and felt a chill.

Ron Gould

Ron is the lucky winner of the following swag:

Second Place:

Tony was a snitch, so I wasn’t surprised when his torso turned up in the river. What did surprise me, though, was where they found his head.

Anthony Juliano

Anthony scores the following stuff for his story:

  • 4 GB iPod Nano courtesy of the Ajax Whois domain name service; plus…
  • $50 Amazon gift card courtesy of Planet Chiropractic; plus…
  • One full year of Business Plan web hosting, one domain name, and one WordPress installation courtesy of eVentureBiz; plus…
  • Better Business Blogging: The Simple 4 Step System to Attract, Sell and Profit through Smart Blogging (includes ebook, audio, transcripts and critiques of 6 business blogs).

Third Place

When Gibson hit that homerun in the fall of eighty-eight, my old man had never been so happy. He hugged me for the first time. I was eleven.

Thelonius Monk

Sorry, no jazz recordings, Thelonius. But we do have these other cool prizes for you:

First Honorable Mention:

Happily sobbing she held the boy, her memory of his violent conception falling away. She had learned to love him, this would be her revenge.

Melissa Pierce

Melissa wins a freshly donated copy of the premium Thesis Theme for WordPress from Chris Pearson.

Second Honorable Mention:

The priest at the funeral home asked if she had been a loving mother. The children all stared at each other. The silence spoke volumes.


Derek wins a signed copy of Hypnotic Writing from Joe Vitale.

Congratulation once again to all the winners, thanks to everyone who submitted an entry, and special thanks to Lisa, Tamar, Chris and Darren for helping me with this tough (but enjoyable) task.

Winners, please contact me via email for information on collecting your prizes.

P.S. If you want to see a collection of most of the entries, check out the hard work done by Daniel Smith to create slideshows of the submissions.

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Reader Comments (103)

  1. says

    Not to be whatever, but you could have gotten a lot more contests and drove traffic if you had spread out some of your prizes over more than just this one contest!

    I think the generosity was awesome, but you could have capitalized on it. Just think – 4 or 5 more contests – tons more buzz…just a thought!

  2. says

    Am I the only one here who thinks Brian’s description of Darren Rowse as “some guy in Australia :-)” is absolutely LMFAOAROFL-worthy? :))

  3. says

    Wow, these are all so good. There were a lot of really strong entries, kudus to everyone who played!

    @Daniel Smith, I love the slide show you did for the entries, very cool indeed.

  4. says

    Lots of endings and lots of gunshots – and thanks Daniel, for the TwitLit slideshow. Fun to watch.

  5. says

    It honors me to be able to copywrite a Copyblogger post.

    Brian, you said, “hear we go”. May I correct you and say it should’ve been “here we go”?

    (Check just above the first place blockquote.)

  6. says

    I loved this whole concept and the contest. Really appreciated @Daniel Smith’s slide show too! Thanks for including our Better Business Blogging program as a prize for the second place winner. We look forward to connecting with Anthony.

  7. says

    Delighted to be a prize sponsor of such a clever contest — judging must’ve been a blast (and difficult — these winners were A-list!) Let’s make this annual.

    A great display of using CHOICE in writing; you can SEE every scene these winners paint. Perfect proof that “Evocative Economy” is a valuable skill, a useful talent, and a joy to read whether in sales copy, infotainment, fiction or screenplays. Bravo!

  8. says

    Congratulations to all of the winners! How fantastic and fun this was.

    Thanks to Brian, the judges, and for this wonderful idea.

    I hope we will see another contest in the future, because it was a blast, and actually put a fire under me to start writing again.

    Thanks to everyone who contributed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your entries.

  9. says

    Wow, those are some great stories! I love #1 and #3 the most. I can see why mine didn’t stand a chance. 😉 Congrats to the winners, and thank you to Brian and all of the judges for this fun contest!

  10. says

    Yes, congrats to the winners and I still think it was just an absolutely fun contest that really gets the creative juices going and by the response in the comments of the original contest post it was incredible. Fun stuff to read.

  11. says

    those were SO fun to read!!!! Let’s see, the one I want to read is…hmm…I want to read the “violent onception” one. Also the funeral one. Wow everyone, that was fun.

  12. says

    Wow, they are so good! Congratulations.

    p.s. Submit comment button is a bit messed up (Camino Mac OS X – it’s outlined and there’s a text word “submit” over the image), don’t know if it’s always like that, don’t remember commenting before.

  13. says

    A huge thank you to everyone involved. After seeing some of the other winners, I feel very lucky to have been selected. This would have been fun even without the prizes…but the prizes make it even better!

  14. says

    Congrats to the winners and the runner ups and all the others who got creative and chugged out some awesome stories.

    Thanks to Daniel and hit TwitLit we can see them forever now.

  15. says

    Wow. I actually picked the winner! (seriously, in the comments for the contest) I LOVED Ron’s story. It made me actually pick up my quill and enter. I’m MOST pleased that none of the winners used bizarre abbreviations, etc to squeeze their story in.. Good picks all by the judges (although mine deserved a mention :P).
    Congrat’s to the winners!

  16. says

    Congratulations to the winners. Ron Gould did a great job and so did the other winners.

    And there are some really nice prices handed out. If I knew about this contest earlier I would defenitly entered.

  17. says

    This was absolutely more fun than the finale of American Idol.

    Congratulations to all entrants. You have demonstrated your ability with all three of the scholastic “R’s”.



  18. says

    Who knew Twitter was having a contest? Congratulations to all of the winners. I guess I’ll pay closer attention when I log into my Twitter accounts.

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