I Wish I Could Give the World to You…


To say the decision for the finalists has put the weight of the world on my shoulders is an understatement…now I know why Thorn accepts so many bribes! Not to mention I could spend time eating chocolate instead of buying it myself!

I created this contest with one purpose: to help close the gaps between people. To show that our cultures are not walls but bridges. To show that we have more in common than we have in difference. To show that there is not many people, but one. Only one race: the human race.

My literati, you did not disappoint. You have demonstrated time and time again that we are a family (yes, family) of passion, truth, tenacity, bravery, spirit, mystery, strength, and love.

You give me hope.

And that is just as much a gift to myself as it is to you.

And before I announce the winners, I have a personal announcement to make.**

Many of you saw the video I posted on the contest page when this all began. If you didn’t have a look:

This is what inspired this contest.

This is what has inspired me.

This is what has inspired you.

A few weeks ago, I have decided to embark on my own ancestral journey. I have completed a DNA test through Ancestry and I am now awaiting my results. When they arrive, my plan is to record my reaction IN REAL TIME to my results. Even though I know a lot about my heritage, some of it–especially my European heritage–starts to get a little sketchy and I find myself having to fill in the blanks. Also, there is still a chance I have heritage in places that I never once considered in my life. We’re all going to find that out together in several weeks once my DNA sample is processed.

Oh, FYI: I had to spit into a tube just like the ones in the video.

Also FYI: It was seriously the grossest thing I’ve done to myself this year.


The three contestants battled it out for the win, and I’ve mulled it over the last few days, watching each contestant duke it out; I’ve seriously considered each and every contestant for first place and this might actually be the hardest batch of finalist entries I’ve judged!

But. There can only be one. Well, maybe not. If each of you got considered for first, maybe you ALL are winners! But SOMEONE has to win the mystery prize Thorn has picked out! No, seriously, it’s a surprise. I’m literally going to be surprised when it eventually arrives at my house. To quote one of the great philosophers of my time: “If it’s a severed head, I’m going to be very upset!”

Oh, go watch “Wayne’s World”.


The winners and their corresponding finalist entries in ascending order are:


2) JEFF SWITT FOR “HOW I WOULD CHANGE THE WORLD”; I just want you to know I expected pixie dust to fly out of my laptop.

AND! Ladies and gentlemen of the A Word With You Press family…our winner…is the ethereal, bubbly, and madly in love


The two runners up shall receive gifts from the countries they were assigned at the start of the contest! Please e-mail me your mailing addresses so when they arrive, I can send them!

Thank all of you so much for reading and participating! I hope to see all of you (and many more) for the next one!

Now, maybe I should spend this following week doing what I’ve been promising myself for months I’d do: write.

I guess we’re big and I guess we’re small
If you think about it, man
You know we got it all
‘Cause we’re all we got on this bouncing ball
And I love you free
I love you freely…

— from “The Riddle” by Five for Fighting

**TL;DR: I took a DNA test and you’re all going to watch me ugly cry on YouTube when I get my results.

11 thoughts on “I Wish I Could Give the World to You…

  1. Diane Cresswell says:

    Wow!!!! Really??? OMG I honestly did not have this in my expectation sight. As opposed to the acceptance speeches that are long winded, I just want to say we’re all winners. The fact that we write, sharing our words for all to see and read makes us winners of the highest order. It is not an easy creative task to present to the world our hearts and minds on a platter for all to see and judge. This creative endeavor is one to never give up on. Keep writing – it is here we too can help change the world. Thanks Stef and Thorn. Many hugs and love to you both.

    • Diane Cresswell says:

      I was waiting for just the write time when the whole world was in chaos to come forth out of the dark and into the light, click my heels together while waving the magic wand, turn the sword that I keep handy into a broad pen with indivisible ink turning loose a composition of magnitude after having eye surgery with a possibility to capture the winner’s circle. Its all in the timing of whirled peace.

    • Diane Cresswell says:

      Thank you Jeff. And it sooooo nice to meet you also. I appreciate and like your writing very much and really look forward to seeing more of your stories. And of course getting to know more of you also. Glad you jumped on board the crazy train.

  2. Parisianne Modert says:

    Dear Diane,

    My predecessor, may she rest in far more peace than the torture she knew in life, Madame Parisianne, was a devoted fan of yours. Over the years, your stories at AWWYP brought her smiles, warmth, wit & playful imaginations, so it is with these inherited memories from her and gratitude for these joyful treasures offered publically with tender, flair-essence magic that I whole-heartingly congratuate this recognition of you as a fine & original writer of spiritual intentions.

    The Lady Pafia

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