And the winner is…

golden words
golden words








Congratulations. The tribe has spoken.

“I am a language junkie. ‘Muscle of redrock and sinew of stone carry me down the path…’ That kind of language carries me through her story.In the full length work of a novel, sometimes just the absolute beauty of the creative use of language is enough to pull me through  when the story line sometimes swirls in little eddies before it joins the current again. ‘… I found solace in masala at the Indian buffet to steel myself against the small burger town back home.’–an entire back-story completely understood with just a single sentence. The spirituality of a humble Indian meal; the crass confrontation of a town filled with carnivores. And to this, add the fact that there is a story here, the coming to terms with her father, catharsis.  ‘…Finally, the equations were solved…’ Her father’s career a metaphor for the imperfect mathematics of their relationship, finally made whole when gravity intervenes.” ( His Moiness)

And here again is her winning entry:

Laura Girardeau, Finalist # 5, befriends gravity

18 thoughts on “And the winner is…

  1. Parisianne Modert says:

    Congratulations and well deserved Laura. I had you second in the preliminary round only to Grant and the reverse order with you first and Grant second in the finals. You remain one of my favorite writers on any site or bookshelf.

  2. Laura G says:

    I am so surprised and elated to hear that the populous trumped Trump and chose me! And I’m honored to be part of this creative community. Usually I’m shy to share online, but these little contests have jumpstarted my writing again and sparked some courage. Thanks so much to all of you, and I hope to read you all in future contests (and in print).

    • Michael Stang says:

      It is behind the spark and courage that I want to read more of your talent.
      Your first entry into the contest stole my heart, and is the best story of the three (in my opinion). Obviously the contest took wings out over the cliffs after that. There are many talented writers who share a space in the playground; wonderful to see newcomers kicking up sand.
      You are a terrific writer, a worthy opponent, and part of the salt that makes AWwYP what it is.
      Congratulations on the win.

      • Laura G says:

        Dimples appear : ) I too liked the first love one the best, and glad you “got” it. I hope you keep entering …finally got to read more of your pieces this time instead of just the comments!

  3. Laura G says:

    Thank you all for your thoughtful and kind comments, your close reading, and your own pieces, which are all worthy of a prize. I find that the real prize is the joy of writing. Hope to see you all again in future contests or read your works in print!

  4. Grant Laurence says:

    Well done Laura G, well deserved! Really enjoyed reading your submissions – feel that i can learn a great deal from you (and others at AWWYP) and hone my skills to maybe take the gold medal one day?!
    Congrats also to all the other finalists and to those that entered the competition – great pool & quality of work once again!!

  5. David Jenkins says:

    Laura your story is wonderful and you deserved the prize. I’m always looking to learn from other writers; I’ve learned some great lessons from your writing. Thanks for your story and congratulations.

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