• 07:01:24 am on September 28, 2011 | 14
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    It is the Tuesday Tales Winner Post!

    Challenge #8

    The winner will be bestowed with the AWESOME BLOG BADGE! To be displayed with pride and honor on their blog, twitter pics or what not. Where ever the winner feels their awesome sauce should get the most praise, worship and of course minions. 

     By entering, every contestant agrees to shamelessly promote and praise the winner on twitter.

    For all discussions about this challenge use hash tag #TuesdayTales

    It has been an all time record this week of 40 entries into week 8 of Tuesdaytales. I’d like to thank everyone for making this prompt exercise all that it can be and hope that it has inspired and helped you beat the block of writers… or writers block… lol

    And it wouldn’t be possible with out the awesome judgemaster

    This Weeks Tuesday Tales Judge is: 


    Susan Warren Utley is a co-founder and editor at Haunted Waters Press, an independent publisher located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She is also a writer and poet. Her writing and works can be found at . Visit Haunted Waters Press here http://  

    Honorable Mentions:

    Best Use of a Shoal
    There were so many wonderful entries competing for the title of “Best Use of the Word Shoal,” that I just couldn’t decide. So this honorable mention goes to the author who put a shoal to the best use. Tracey Hanson @thansenwrites takes the win with her use of a shoal as an ideal place to dispose of a body. Well done, Tracey!

    Made a Big Splash (Best Use of Photo)
    Craig Smith @CraigWFSmith earns the Made a Big Splash award for best use of the photo in his somber tale of two ill-fated lovers. Well done!

    Most Haunting Imagery
    Wonderful. Simply wonderful. As I read the piece, I could see the images unfolding before my eyes. Congratulations Candie L. Campbell @candicecampbell.

    Master of Suspense
    Congratulations Michael A. Kozlowski @MAKozlowski for earning the Master of Suspense award for his tension filled, chilling tale.  Superbly executed and wonderfully descriptive. Who doesn’t love a good set of salivating fangs in the moonlight?

    I’m Too Sexy
    Unlike Right Said Fred, Michael earns two Honorable Mentions this week, proving he is not a one hit wonder. The I’m Too Sexy award goes out to Michael A. Kozlowski @MAKozlowski whose seductive sneak peak at two lovers on a shoal is sexy, tender, and beautifully written. Michael, you are too sexy for your shirt! (If you have no idea what I am talking about then you are too young for the catwalk.)

    For the Love of Water
    For the Love of Water is a special Haunted Waters Press Honorable Mention awarded to the author whose work best conveys a deep connection to water. Congratulations Emilia Quill @Emilia_Quill. You stole my heart.

    The Judgemaster has gone and dun it… I think Michael’s head is going to explode from being too inflated. (He also won the other awesome sauce prompt writing challenge from @caramichaels #MenageMonday)

    Now on to our Winner….. dun DUN DUN!

    Per the words of the judgemaster:

    I am so grateful for the opportunity to judge Tuesday Tales. The quality of work submitted was exceptional to say the least. Congratulations to all of you who put yourselves out there today. Well done! I do wish I could choose more than one winning entry, but alas, I cannot.

    So without further ado, today’s Tuesday Tales winner is Jen DeSantis @JenD_Author. Her paranormal dreamscape is skillfully crafted and seductively haunting.  In my deliberations I came back to this piece time and again, reading, contemplating, and finally succumbing to the voice in my head whispering all along, “This is the one.” And what of the mystery prize? With your permission, Haunted Waters Press would like to feature your story in the upcoming issue of From the Depths. Congratulations Jen!


    Aspiring Paranormal-Suspense author. I play with ghosts and monsters, and I like it.

    Bubbles effervesced in the shoal, teeming in the water. I blinked and looked back at the surf line. She had been there, her luminescent figure floating mere inches above the dark, wet sand. But when I rose to run to her, she’d disappeared. It wasn’t like her to be fickle, and I doubted that death would change her so greatly.
    What made her retreat?
    I looked around and then back at the shoal, waiting for answers.
    The sun paled and my skin broke out in gooseflesh as a cool wind kissed my cheek.
    “Come,” the wind whispered.
    And I followed.

    Go check out all the rest of the 40 entries of Tuesdaytales week 8 HERE

    OR check out the archive of all the tuesdaytales to escort you to your tuesdaytales needs HERE

    Potential longer prompt challenge: And If any of you #tuesdaytalians are interested in a longer prompt sequence hosted by MUWAH (me) then please comment on this post with your interest. Potentially a 500 word to 1k word challenge if any of you are up for it.




  • ♥ LadyJai ♥ (@I_am_LadyJai) 10:52 am on September 28, 2011 | # | Reply

    Congrats to all! It was fun taking part in my first #tuesdaytales challenge!

  • Susan Warren Utley 11:12 am on September 28, 2011 | # | Reply

    Good morning Stevie,

    Again, thank you so much for inviting me to judge Tuesday Tales. It was a great experience and I appreciate the opportunity to meet and converse with some very talented writers. You have done an amazing job generating such a loyal pool of talent in such a short time.

    At this time, Haunted Waters Press would like to invite all honorable mentions to submit their stories to HWP via our online submission manager. Your story will be sent directly to the editorial table for consideration and I will be there pulling for you. Choose a title for your piece, attach it as a Word document, and include a brief 2 to 4 sentence author’s bio.

    Congratulation again to Jen. You may also submit your story via the manager. You will receive a personal acceptance email shortly thereafter.

    To all other writers who participated, I encourage you to submit work to HWP. We accept poetry, flash fiction, and short stories.

    Here is the link:

  • Candie L Campbell (@candiecampbell) 11:41 am on September 28, 2011 | # | Reply

    Wow! What a wonderful compliment! Than you so much. It was such a blast and thank you both for hosting/judging, I loved reading all of the entries.

    Congratulations Jen DeSantis @JenD_Author and all of my Honorable Mention buddies.

    I’ll be back for more. 🙂

  • jendauthor 12:49 pm on September 28, 2011 | # | Reply

    I am beyond stoked … so much so that I’m using words like stoked. 🙂 Susan, I have kid-related things going on this morning, but I will submit my story to HWP by this afternoon. Thank you so much for this honor. This is actually my first publication, so you can understand how very much this means to me.

    Stevie, I would SO be down for a longer contest as well! Love writing prompt-based work. 🙂 Again … thanks. ~Jen

  • Susan Warren Utley 4:48 pm on September 28, 2011 | # | Reply

    I’m stoked as well Jen! From the Depths has received numerous submissions of poetry and short stories but quality flash fiction was just not coming in. We had one piece of flash that worked for us and were actually at the point of considering dumping the section when Stevie asked me to judge Tuesday Tales. I am so happy I did. The quality of work submitted here is just what we are looking for. A complete story in 100 words is a difficult task but so many of you stepped up to the challenge and succeeded. I think I might have to start stalking Tuesdays Tales!

  • David A Ludwig 6:03 pm on September 28, 2011 | # | Reply

    Awesome award, and awesome field! Congrats to the winner and honorable mentions!

  • D. Ryan Leask 10:26 pm on September 28, 2011 | # | Reply

    Jen, you have been racking in the wins, you are a flash fiction femme fatale!

    Great story too!

    • jendauthor 10:43 pm on September 28, 2011 | # | Reply

      Thanks, D! I like the sound of that; I may need to add it to my bio. haha!

  • Susan Warren Utley 11:40 am on September 29, 2011 | # | Reply

    Just wanted to offer the following to all who participated:

    Postcard Shorts is an online literary magazine which publishes one short story per day. Stories are 250 words or less, short enough to fit on a postcard. Here’s the link:

    Also, if you are looking to jump into the submission game, you should check out DuoTrope. It is a free writer’s resource that allows you to search for publishers who are accepting work and also track your submissions. I use it myself and it works great. I’ve had publishers hold out on me for over a year before responding. (extremely rude in my humble opinion) DuoTrope helps me keep track of how many days out, whether I received a response, and which pieces I sent. I’d be lost without it! They also maintain a list of the 25 most approachable publishers. Anyway, just a suggestion if you are considering sending your work out. There is some great talent here!

    Good luck!


  • Emilia Quill 6:42 pm on September 30, 2011 | # | Reply

    Congrats again Jendauthor!

    Bookmarked both, will get to know them as soon as test week is over. Thank you for the lovely honorable mention. Made me smile all day long 🙂

  • Angela Orlowski-Peart 9:40 pm on September 30, 2011 | # | Reply

    Congratulations! Great story 🙂

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