Blogmas 2018

Annual Blogmas Contest!

Yep, I might be insane.

I might not have thought this through.

I have 102 things to do!

But no matter, I want to hear from you!

The Annual Blogmas Contest Starts Today!

 May the best Blogmas Blogger win!

How to enter:

  • Create a blogmas post! Your post must be all about Christmas, see my previous post on “How To Blogmas”
  • Once you have created and published your post, drop your link to that post below in the comments. ALSO, this is important, do NOT just drop the link by itself (it will go directly to my spam), so you must also leave a one-line summary of your blogmas post 😀
  • Check out at least two other blogmas posts and comment beneath their links so I can see that you did so (#community)
  • You can only drop ONE LINK, so if you want to wait until Dec 25th to choose that is alright.
  • Must be subscribed (following) to my page to keep up with contest announcements
  • DECEMBER 20th is the LAST DAY TO DROP YOUR LINK FOR THE CONTEST!

 

Prizes:

  • Holiday Spirit! No really, by posting and reading blogmas posts, you should definitely feel some holiday spirit!
  • I will publish my top three favorite Blogmas posts on my Blog Site. The top blogmas post winner will also be accompanied by a short author bio and link back to the winner of course. I have nearly 2,000 followers so this will be good exposure for your blog!
  • A fun time! Christmas is a happy time and hopefully, through this contest you can meet other bloggers and other bloggers can meet you! I can’t wait to read all the amazing Blogmas posts!

 

Merry Blogmas Everyone!

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Poetry Selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest: Including MissMWriter, Illumine the Stars, Balroop2013, Heather Pfeifle, A Writer’s Soul, and Castorblog

As you all know, I am thrilled with how the End of Summer Poetry Contest concluded and to keep the fun going, I’ve decided to continue sharing some of my favorite submissions.

 (These do not come in any specific order or ranking.)

Here we go!

From MissMWriter, we have “The Summer of Lost”

“The air is hot.

The floor is sticky.

One fan in the front.

One fan in the back.

Stuck in the middle

of this wind turbine . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From Illumine the Stars, we have “Always”

“They say,

“seasons come and go,”

but we made one last.

The summer of ’99

It was just us,

walking hand in hand . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From Balroop2013, we have “Summer Love”

“In awe I looked at you
And the shimmering dew
Bashful beauty allured green shade
In your welcome they all swayed

When you tiptoed in. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

From Heather Pfeifle, we have “One Last Walk with Grandma”

“Come walk with me one last time; take me by the hand,

Let both your feet sink deep into the sand.

Listen to the ocean waves roll in with the tide,

Watch the blazing sunset as you stand close by my side.

Hear the seagulls cry out, telling us goodnight. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From A Writer’s Soul, we have “The Magic of Us”

Let the breeze blow your hair back,
Let your top roll back; throw your hair back as you laugh into the wind.
We’ve been here before,
My hand in yours, southern magnolia weaved in your hair just some kind of way,
Singing to the stars, riding the waves of the next adventure,
And there’s nowhere I’d rather be.

Misty eyed and hazy lets get drunk under the serenaded stars,
Throwing the bottle back and making wishes that will never come true,
But God, we act like they will.
The moon rises as you put your lips on mine,
Soft and gentle as a ripple in the lake where we first met,
The one where the sun would filter through the trees just so,
And the water would reflect all that glitters and dances on the mirage…
Next to the fields we would sway in, watching those fireflies dance around us,
Casting a soft light on our interlocked bodies,
Never knowing how we ended up so lost in each other…But I’m getting lost in thought,

Reminiscing on the way we were in the summer heat,
Lazy and wrapped up in nothing but each other . . .” (Finish Reading HERE!)

From Castorblog, we have “Demento Mori”

“long has the heat covered the pain
night after night again and again

with every raindrop a tear I can spare
feelings unravel in darkness I stare

feeling like ice in the late summer spinn
a dementor. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

And that is the finale of the End of Summer Poetry Contest! Thank you again to everyone who participated, liked, commented, reblogged, and overall just really elevated this entire experience.

100 house points to all of you!

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Poetry Selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest Including: Sarah Al-Haddad, Walt’s Writings, Taylor Finn, The Woman, and Jason A. Muckley

As you all know, I was amazed with how the End of Summer Poetry Contest concluded and to keep the fun going, I’ve decided to continue sharing some of my favorite submissions.

 (These do not come in any specific order or ranking.)

Here we go!

From Sarah Al-Haddad, we have “Ocean”

“The waves
Keep calling
Your name.”

(Read more from this amazing blogger HERE!)

 

From Walt’s Writings, we have “A Summer Love Haiku”

“They met on the beach

While on summer vacation
Love ended too soon.”

 

From Taylor Finn, we have “

“The Summer flickers into the year with lingering regrets;
A medley of melted marshmallows and perfume laced bug sprays.
It’s not a storm like the Spring, raging in, forcing growth and change, no.
Summer stumbles with no direction, as if lost in all this sunlight. . .”

(Read more from this blogger HERE!)

From The Woman, we have “Summer of Darkness”

“. . . Sand and smiles with the
Saucy *shush* of the silver waves
Life and laughter lighting up
Little gatherings of lovers

Instead became
The season of death
Turning light to dark
Smoke blocking out. . .”

(Finish reading this story HERE!)

From Jason A. Muckley, we have “New Season”

“Summer is ending
The heat recedes
School buses roaming
And school bells ring
Local pools close their doors
Camps and cabins fall silent. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

Well that is it for today folks, stop back in next Thursday for another round of wonderful selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest! Another HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted their poems, you guys did an amazing job!

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Poetry Selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest: Including Christine Bolton, The Feeling Spleen, Dorinda Duclos, The Darkest Fairy Tale, and Ethan D. Eagar

As you all know, I am thrilled with how the End of Summer Poetry Contest concluded and to keep the fun going, I’ve decided to continue sharing some of my favorite submissions.

 (These do not come in any specific order or ranking.)

Here we go!

From Christine Bolton, we have “Senses of Summer”

“The scent of gardenias

Floating on late afternoon air

Sweetly fragrant and tender

Nothing can compare

Spanish Moss hanging in dreadlocks . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From The Feeling Spleen, we have “Different Shades of Sunshine”

“When did you know it was

time

to come home?”

When I didn’t just want the sun to bounce off my

skin,

but to seep all the way . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From Dorinda Duclos, we have “Firelight Fizzles”

“The fire burned, ever so slowly
We watched, as flames grew high

Each stick thrown into the pile
Seemed to let out a hideous cry

As the fiery mass engulfed it . . . ” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

From the Darkest Fairy Tale, we have “Moments”

“The sun sets
After a burning day,
Admiring the last glimpse
Of its Intoxicating rays.
As music dances. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

From Ethan D Eagar, we have “Warming Breeze”

“Tension sways a load

Nigh the old window

Deftly gripping with unease

Shy dew drops hold taut

Another year’s wash. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

Well that is it for today folks, stop back in next Thursday for another round of wonderful selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest! Another HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted their poems, you guys did an amazing job!

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Contests

Winners of the End of Summer Poetry Contest are. . .

Thank you to everyone who participated in this poetry contest, to everyone who reblogged, liked, and commented, to everyone to watched the LIVE broadcast, THANK YOU.

Let me also add that this was one of the harder contests that I have ever judged. I went back and forth numerous times over my top 3. In the end, I judged based on relevancy to summer, structure, flow, emotional appeal, and syntax.

Now, without further delay, here are the results of the End of Summer Poetry Contest!

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In third place, we have a tie!

Both TShaw and Eugenia produced such wonderfully succinct, summer-themed poems with wonderful diction that I could not decide between them. They tie for 3rd place!

From T.Shaw, we have “Yesterday, I Saw Time

“Yesterday, I saw Time

Strumming a guitar. Digits

Professing that

Summer was gone,

Chewed, and swallowed like

A grape. Still, he picked

Strings, pining for her

To return and sing.”

From Eugenia, we have “Cyclical Activity

“relics in the sand

farewell hush of ebbing tide

summer whodunits

cosmos of cosmos

hazy lazy dog days wane

summer slumbers

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In second place, December Rose and their poem “Shimmer in Blue“!

I was designed                               for a shimmer in blue                       for a merry sailor tune

for all of the things                                      that titillate you

I can see                                  the wide open sea                                  the salt air breeze

like a veil and ring                            like my bride to be

and so                        I ebb and flow                                    I ne’er let go

let the words sing                      into an ocean throe.

Now my heart throbs                       and floats and bobs                          as I ask the cob

why roots start growing                       where there’s a meal on the hob.

He looks at me with a tear in his eye         he says to me that he learned to fly

on a warm, summer day with a clear blue sky      but for every memory adventures bring

you never forget your first goodbye.

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In first place, and winner of the End of Summer Poetry Contest, we have Jillian’s “Pause at Sunset”

“Guilded rays of dusk strike
their tendrils through the tree leaves;
the rale of the Summer season
percieved
as nothing more than the Zephyr
that moves through the green
in a calm waft
or breeze.
Briefly
he is appreciated
in southern heat
sticky skin relieved
if but for a moment
’til cool showers can clean off
the gritty salt
of another day’s hard work.

They call for Autumn to come early
come quickly
but will soon regret
Summer Death
when Winter Frost unseats her.”

(Check out more of this amazing blogger HERE!)

And just like that, the End of Summer Poetry Contest is finished!

Thank you again everyone! With my busiest season right around the corner, I most likely will not be hosting another contest until December when I will be hosting my annual Blogmas Contest! Be sure to check it out then! Meanwhile, get back to blogging, writing, painting, reading, or whatever else you love!

-Kayla Ann, Author

Contests

End of Summer Poetry Contest: Going LIVE with Results in 3. . 2. . 1. .

Calling All Bloggers!

I will be going LIVE on Facebook later today. For an exact countdown to the moment, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter where I will be posting updates! During this LIVE broadcast, I will be talking about my own blogging experiences, answering questions from other bloggers and revealing who won the End of Poetry Contest!

Going Live

I hope to see many of you there!

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Last Day of End of Summer Poetry Contest

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.

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KaylaAnn’s blog is currently celebrating the past Summer months with an awesome poetry contest!

Don’t forget, your poem must be themed around summer and you must be subscribed to my blog in order to be eligible to win the cash prize (payable only through PayPal) and promotion of your blog/work on my site.

Today is the last day, so get those poems in!

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The End of Summer Poetry Contest will close at midnight of August 31st PST. Winner will be announced on Facebook LIVE at 4pm PST

https://www.facebook.com/KaylaAnnAuthor/

I can’t wait to RE-READ and SHARE all of these magnificent poems!

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Flash Fiction – Results!

The Flash Fiction Contest closed on Friday and I had all weekend to read over the submissions and let me tell you, there were some really amazing pieces!

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The Winner of the Flash Fiction Contest goes to . . .

Savannah the voice behind Rejoicing in Hope!

Although there were several pieces in the running for first place, I kept coming back to Savannah’s post time and time again. Only 6 words long, her flash fiction slams into the reader’s heart and steals their breath while they are left wondering what happened. So here it is:

“Single Mother: Now she’s just single.”

Author’s Bio:

At Savannah’s foundation, she is a Christian, a wife, and a mommy. She enjoys writing, coffee, Hallmark movies, and going on adventures with her little tribe. She says, “I have a Bachelors in English, a GED in life, and a Masters in making mistakes. I’ve learned the hard way that I’m not perfect, and I hope to use my own failures and experiences to help and encourage you.”

Rejoicing

Her blog is a little bit of a lot of things but it is centered around making her and her readers better: better Christians, friends, spouses, individuals, and forces for good. Her blog might challenge you, inform you, encourage you, or maybe you’ll just have some fun! As a newer blogger she looks forward to branching out and meeting other bloggers on this wonderful world of WordPress! So be sure to click the link, stop by, congratulate her and say hi!

 

 

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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated, re-blogged, and commented! You guys are awesome and I’ve had another blast reading your pieces!

 

I haven’t decided when or what my next contest will be on. What kind of contest would YOU be interested in participating?

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Flash Fiction Contest ENDS TODAY!

Hey Everyone!

If you are interested in participating in the Flash Fiction Contest, be sure to get your submission in by midnight PST. There have been some truly wonderful submissions and it’s going to be a tight contest!

Please Click Here for all details, rules, and prizes!

I will take this weekend to go through all submissions and announce the winner on Monday!

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Also, as I am nearing the 1,000th follower, the Hunger Games box-set Giveaway is almost over! I will most likely be choosing the winner on Monday as well! So if you want to get your entry in be sure to reblog the Giveaway on your own blog this weekend and click that FOLLOW 🙂 button if you haven’t already!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me, participated in my contests, and commented on my posts. You guys are amazing and have made this blog quite the adventure!

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Flash Fiction Contest Ends on Friday

The Flash Fiction Contest hosted through my blog will be closing on Friday at midnight PST.

Remember, flash fiction should be under 100 words, you can either leave your submission in the comment section or link back to your post.

If you want extra points, quickly reblog (“Press This”) the contest or link back to it!

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The clock is counting down, the time is running out, so don’t be late, get those submissions in!

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