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AND The 2020 Carrot Ranch Writing Rodeo’s Third Event Winner Is:

Today, I am proud to announce the winners of the Carrot Ranch’s 2020 Writing Rodeo Event #3 which I had the honor of organizing. Ten brave cowpokes saddled up, rustled up six words from the song “Git Along Little Dogies,” and lassoed them little dogies into a unique 99-word story in the genre of their choice.

The judges struggled to pick one over another story they were so doggoned good and so different. Surprise endings, funny, murderous, you would be entertained. Each and every one of the contestants should feel proud. They flexed their writing muscles into fingers of steel.

Everyone who participated is welcomed to display this badge on their website. You earned it!

Now, for our Writing Rodeo 2020 honorable mentions:

“McCall” written by Bill Engleson

“Just a Numbers Game” written by Liz Husebye Hartmann

“Walking the Canal Path” written by Susan Spitulnik

“Remarkable Ramblin’” written by Jules Paige

And the winner is:

“New Bride in Wyoming” written by Doug Jacquier

If you’d like to read these fine works, trot on over to https://carrotranch.com where Ranch Head Ms. Charli Mills is displaying and compiling the winners of all of the Writing Rodeo events.

Again, congratulations to the winners and to everyone who entered.

And thank you to the fabulous judges,

Norah Calvin and Irene Waters!

‘It was a pleasure to judge the entries in the Rodeo Competition hosted by Marsha. Each entrant had the same set of rules by which to work and what I loved was the creativity used by each entrant and each writer’s own interpretation of how best to work within these confines. The stories were varied and enjoyable to read. I worried that it would be difficult to find a winner among the wonderful array we had but two did stand out. The winning entry still has me laughing. Congratulations to each and every one of you who entered – being taken outside our comfort zone is a great way of taking your writing to the next level. Congratulations to the winner. Your story was not only funny, it was a complete story with an extremely creative use of the words. I can’t call you by name as I had to wait like everyone else to see who it is that has won.’

Irene Waters

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    • Thanks, Bill. Your character made some important changes and caused a great deal of dialogue between the judges. Congratulations! Well done. Thanks for participating, and it has been great to get to know you. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Charli. With your leadership and the help of the entire team including my two fabulous judges, Norah Calvin and Irene Waters, we had a great time. Our contestants did a fabulous job of writing to the prompt and turning out such imaginative essays. I loved it. Thanks for inviting me to take part in this. I’ve been honored. 🙂

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  1. Many thanks to you, Marsha, and judges Norah and Irene, and of course the Grand Imagineer, Charli. Just tried following the link to read the other winners’ work but it doesn’t seem to lead anywhere but the CR main page.

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    • Thanks, Anne for reading and commenting. I thought I’d better look up doggerel, since it’s a word I don’t use often. doggerel. After reading the definition, I’m assured that no doggerel surfaced in Rodeo #3.
      [ˈdôɡərəl]
      NOUN
      comic verse composed in irregular rhythm.
      synonyms:
      poetry · versification · metrical composition · rhythmical composition · rhyme · rhyming · balladry · poems · lyrics · rhymes · poesy · Parnassus
      verse or words that are badly written or expressed.
      “the last stanza deteriorates into doggerel”

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  2. It was a pleasure, though difficult, to join with you and Irene in judging these clever stories, Marsha. It was a good thing we judges were able to agree on winning entries. Congratulations to everyone who entered. It was quite a challenge! Congratulations especially to Doug for his story that had us laughing out loud. Funny thing is, both Irene and I are Aussies. We had no idea who had written any of the stories but managed to pick an Aussie as the winner. Howzat!

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  3. Reblogged this on Norah Colvin and commented:
    Pop over to Marsha’s blog to find out the winner of the third Carrot Ranch 2020 Flash Fiction Rodeo contest. You won’t find a story by me in this one as I didn’t enter. Why not? you ask.
    ‘Cause I was a judge.
    I think you’ll agree all the writers did well to meet Marsha’s tough challenge. Congratulations to everyone who entered – especially to the winner!

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    • Norah and Irene are dream judges. They had such thorough discussions comparing differing merits of each like comparing apples to bananas. Somehow they came to complete agreement. Thank you Norah for judging and for the reblog. 🙂

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      • Thank you for inviting me, Marsha. I was surprised to find that Irene and I had pretty much agreed on the winner without any consultation. I was expecting we’d choose different ones and have to convince each other. It turned out pretty well, I think.

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  4. I’m looking forward to reading the entries when they are up!
    Wowza and Congratulations to all –
    Thanks to Marsha, Charli, and the Judges too!
    I’m amazed I made it into an honorable mention!
    ~JulesPaige or just plain Jules 😉

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  5. Hi Marsha
    Congratulations to the winner
    & to the honorable mentions; and all the participants!
    I loved your phrase about the writers — “flexed their writing muscles into fingers of steel”😀
    I enjoyed the challenge – always fun.
    Looking forward to reading all the entries.
    Thanks to Charli, all the leaders & judges for your hard work.

    Saifun

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