First, I owe many, many thanks to judges, Austin Briggs, Melissa Breau, and Michelle Lowery who spent last week reading and evaluating the Writers’ Week Writing Contest entries. Second, thanks to all of you who submitted entries and participated in the rest of the Writers’ Week festivities.

I’m going to skip thanking the Academy and all that crap and just get on with it. I know you’re all dying to find out which pieces made it to the voting phase of the contest.

Top 10 Finalists

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“Why Yes, I am a Total Badass” at What She Said

I’ll be honest: I’m a girly girl. I love all things Ann Taylor Loft; my idea of camping out involves parking my butt at the poolside bar of a Marriott resort; and, oh, how Clinique’s new lid smoothie eye color with the cooling metallic applicator feels like pure bliss on my tired eyelids. Read more.

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“How Vine Leaves Stuffed Nemesis” at Brainfluff

‘You’d be much more attractive if you didn’t have that cloud of midges buzzing around your head,’ I grumbled, waving away the pesky insects. I smoothed out the frown lines that weren’t doing a lot for my wonderful Grecian brow, or high perfect forehead. Read more.
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“Lessons 2” at Views from Nature

“When I was 13, I thought that everything would be easier once I was an adult,” Rachel confided. She stood at the door to her small loft studio conveniently located a stone’s throw from the cave. Read more.
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“Creative Writing” at Flight of the Tumblebee

Elevators are little more than inverted coffins strung up on piano wire. Except there also are telephones. And, really, that’s not much of an improvement if you ask me. Read more.
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“Fusio Taganinni and the Long Rescue” at Wiley-Davis.com

The difference between good binoculars and bad binoculars wasn’t what it used to be. Even optics had fallen under the domain of cheap but good. Fusio Taganinni wanted to hate his cheap binoculars, but the lenses could reveal a blackened pore at a thousand yards and besides, these binoculars were custom. Read more.
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“The Black Sheep” at {Not} Mommy of the Year

I never did care much for this part. For months I raised them. Fed them every day, made sure they had fresh water, talked to them. I helped in the barn – clipping tails, trimming hoofs and shearing wool. Most of my “help” was standing around watching and handing tools to my dad or Uncle Scott. Read more.
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“I Need To Believe” at The Misadventures of Mrs. B

I used to believe that Santa Claus was real. One night out of every year I’d lay in bed, struggling to stay awake, waiting with bated breath to hear those hooves on my roof. I must have fallen asleep too early, I’d reason the next morning. Read more.
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“Out of the Corner” at Writer’s Challenge

In two weeks I have to go back to the hospital, so Dr. Frey can do my left eye. I don’t know if things will get better or worse. But if something doesn’t change, I’m not going to make it. If things get worse, fourteen days may be all the sanity I have left. Read more.
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“Ghosts of Seniiti” at Writing Works

You can learn a lot from a mother, she thought. I wish I had that chance.
Alone in the endless green of the forest that encompassed her humble village, Alix found she had a lot of time to think. She also discovered that her thoughts didn’t always go where she wanted them to. Read more.
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“Business as Usual” at From My Write Side

“Please don’t make me have to do this again. Please tell me you have the permits with you and you are here in this building somewhere?” Blair’s hands shook as she held the cellphone to her ear. Read more.
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 Vote for Your Favorite!

You have until Friday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern to vote for your favorite. Votes are logged by IP and a cookie. (Because people who try to game the system suck, that’s why.)

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