Winner Announced! (Writing Contest) Rodeo #4: Wanted Alive.

If you remember, in October, we tightened our grips on the reins and we Rodeoed. Four weeks, four hosts, four contests, four winners, four prizes! Thanks to Charli and the Carrot Ranch, I was able to not only participate in those writing challenges, but also host one.

When I volunteered, I was not sure what to expect, but since I like trying new things, I just went for it. When the time arrived, I came up with a prompt (quote + masterpiece painting), crossed my finger, and hoped for the best.

If you would like to read more about the contest or maybe even write a story of your own (outside of the contest), take a look here -> (Writing Contest) Rodeo #4: “Wanted Alive”. (You should also check it out if you had missed my art.)

All I could think of was: “What if no one enters?” I wondered about all the pen names that I would have to make up and the stories I would have to write to submit as entries so as not to seem unpopular.

Thankfully, I did not have to do any of that. Entries started coming in and I breathed a sigh of relief. Admittedly, I was hoping for a few more entries from a few specific “regulars” of mine, but the timing just was not right. I understand.

Whenever I got an entry (or a couple), I would copy and paste it into a word document, leaving the author’s name out. Of course, I also checked the word count to make sure that the flash was precisely 99 words. Most of the time, I read the entries right there and then, judging them.

But I knew that the judging process was NOT up to me. I had to leave it to the professionals – Darlene Foster and Geoff Le Pard. Before I sent the document with all of the compiled entries to them, I read the entire collection one more time. This time, I took my time, and a couple of the pieces actually clicked with me for the first time. “That is quite interesting!” I thought to myself.


The judges were a mystery to me. I had absolutely no idea which entry they were going to choose. My whole point was to have unbiased judges, who would focus on the craft and not on the author. But I was nervous. After all, it was MY contest on MY website.

All of that stress was needless. Darlene and Geoff got back to me with the winner rather quickly. And I was pleased with their choice!

Today, I present to you the WINNER of the Rodeo#4 contest – “Wanted Alive.”

“Incriminating Evidence” by Shiloh Carozza

“Reach for the sky!”
“Teacher says the sky is the limit.”
“Shuttup. Gimme your paper.”
“But I drew this!”
“Gimme it. It’s better than mine.”
“But it looks like me, not you.”
“Here, you take mine. Trade pictures with me or I’ll shoot!”

“What happened to your eye, son?”
“A bully shot me with a rubber band, sir.”
“He wanted my homework. It was a self-portrait.”
“That’s awful mean. Did you tell your teacher?”
“Yes, Sheriff Brown, but I want him arrested.”
“Arrested? How do I know what he looks like?”
“He looks like this.”

The piece speaks for itself, but if you would like to know what the experts said – It was “best for the neat build-up, the believable dialogue and the punchline.” It was funny and it made great use of the word AND picture prompts.

Shiloh, Charli from the Carrot Ranch will reach out to you to discuss the delivery of the prize! $25 is on its way. Bragging right are all yours, too!

There were a couple of honorable mentions and you can check them out on the Ranch’s site. (If the site is not updated yet with my portion of the contest, it will be soon. Check back again later.)

Thank you, Charli, for granting me this hosting opportunity. It was all sorts of fun!

Thank you, Darlene and Geoff. You were great to work with!

Thank you, all of you who have entered! There would be no contest without you!

See you next time?!

Stay golden,

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  1. Great story and integration of the poster! Can we now ‘release’ our own stories? It’s a bit early from the original date of the 29th…? I’ll keep checking to see what happens with the honorable mention portion of your own rodeo! You did a GREAT job by the way, and I hope you are proud of this accomplishment! Thanks Sam!

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    1. Yes, I was pleased that my word and photo prompts were utilized.

      I have to admit that I missed your entry. There was a poetry challenge (hosted by someone else), too, that I thought would have been fun for you… Maybe next time.

      How have you been?

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      1. I have been… Iffy. Hence the non-participation. That, and the fact that when I look at dollar signs, I see hoops to jump through.

        But by the way, I loved the poster. I’m particularly fond of “Sheriff Goldie’s” phone number.

        You have an okay Thanksgiving?

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        1. But hoops are fun to jump through. Have you never been to a circus?

          I’m glad to hear that something small like that caught your eye.

          Yes, Thanksgiving was quite alright – rather pleasant. Oh, I just realized… your birthday was sometime in the past couple of weeks… Happy Belated! Did you enjoy yourself?

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          1. Actually, I have never been to a circus. Though, I would imagine it’s far more fun watching someone else go through hoops than doing so yourself.

            Glad to hear it! And thanks for the birthday wishes. 😊 I suppose I did largely enjoy myself…

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  2. I love the winning entry. Great creativity. And props for you, for holding, for participating. I’d have been a wreak. I’d have faked my own death.

    I’ve actually done that once, no word of a lie.

    This bit: “All I could think of was: “What if no one enters?” I wondered about all the pen names that I would have to make up and the stories I would have to write to submit as entries so as not to seem unpopular.” I totally get it. I’d have been sitting there with you 😂

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  3. Hi Goldie
    Congratulations to the winner – creative, imaginative, well-crafted!

    And well done, Goldie. Great job hosting the contest!
    I enjoyed the challenge — mind-stretching!

    Congratulations to all the participants.
    And thanks to Charli, thank you Goldie, and all the Rodeo leaders & judges for a great Rodeo!


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  4. Reblogged this on Norah Colvin and commented:
    And the results for the fourth and last weekly Carrot Ranch 2020 Rodeo Contest are in! Pop over to Goldie’s place to read the clever winning entry. Was it yours? It wasn’t mine.
    We are waiting for just one set of results now – the TUFF contest that took place over four weeks.

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      1. It really was. It was nice to meet you, though we didn’t get long to talk, really. You got some really cute entries. Funny! I look forward to becoming better acquainted now that we know each other. 🙂

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