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 Linux.com 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.
“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 is the lucky winner of the following swag:
- An 8 GB iPod Touch thanks to the generosity of Start Cooking; plus…
- $100 iTunes gift certificate to get you rolling courtesy of John Cow (also check out his Cowpetition for a chance to win $3,000 in other prizes); plus…
- Three months access to Aaron Wall’s SEO Training Program; plus…
- Full access pass to BlogWorld 2008.
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 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).
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.
Sorry, no jazz recordings, Thelonius. But we do have these other cool prizes for you:
- Online Reputation Management ebook from Glen Allsopp; plus…
- A 1-hour phone consultation with Confidential Hollywood Script Consultant Blair Richwood (Pretty Woman, Beaches, What About Bob?, etc.) on any part of film/TV writing you might be interested in; plus…
- Landing Page Optimization ebook from Invesp Consulting; plus…
- Four life coaching sessions from Professional Life Coach Tim Brownson; plus…
- One month of First Blog Media’s professional podcasting service; plus…
- A 6-session course from Link to Your Education entitled “Overview of Online Business Networking;” plus…
- 50 individual custom postcards from PostcardPerfect.
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 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.