Monday, September 26, 2011

Contests by Merrillee Whren

Isn't it fun to win a contest? Winning a prize is thrilling. This past week we've been talking about awards and contests. I have just returned from the American Fiction Writers Conference held in St. Louis this year. Lyn Cote, one of the Craftie Ladies, won a Carol Award for her short historical romance, Her Healing Ways.



Two other Love Inspired authors also won Carol Awards this year. Irene Hannon's book, A Father for Zach, won in the short contemporary category, and Sharon Dunn's book, Night Prey, won in the short romantic suspense category.

Since we're talking about contests, I'm going to give away copies of all three books in my Kellerville series to someone who comments on today's post. I recently learned that the first two books in the series have won first and second place in the Published Beacon Contest.






Tell us about any contests you have won.

40 comments:

  1. I am currently reading The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund, which I won from Overcoming Through Time (http://cfpagels.blogspot.com/). So far I would give it 3 1/2 stars but I am finding it better as I get farther into the story.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. Merrillee, I haven't won a contest on anything I've written - I'm just a reader! But I have won some cooking contest. The first year our city had a festival I entered a homemade chocolate pie. I didn't think I would win anything cause it's so old fashion and really not anything special. I was surprised win I won first place in the pie contest. I was named pie queen! For real! They gave a shash and a little crown. My girls did not want to be seen with me wearing that. (What are mothers for if not to embarrass their kids). However, they wanted the $75 that went with it. (Oh by the way, one of my girls entered the pie contest a couple of years later and won first place! haha ) Since that time I've won three or four other cooking contest. I really enjoy enjoy entering contest - guess it's the thrill of seeing what happens.

    Your books sound really good. I've read some of your work and it's always great. Would love to read these also. It's time for coffee!

    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  3. wfnren,
    It is fun to win books as well as writing contests. Sometimes, it does take a while to get into a book and then the story takes off.

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  4. Patsy,
    Congratulations on being the Pie Queen, and lots of laughs on embarrassing your kids. Maybe you should share your pie recipe with us. I love chocolate. :)

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  5. Merrillee,
    Congrats on taking both first and second in the Published Beacon Contest. You rock!

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  6. Congrats on all the Carol winners! And congrats to you, Merrillee, on the Beacon wins!! Very exciting. :)

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  7. wfnren, thanks for stopping by!

    Patsy, that's great on the pie contest! Yum! !And yes, isn't it fun to embarrass our kids? LOL

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  8. Pamela and Missy,
    Thanks for the congratulations!

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  9. Congratulations to all of you! So thrilled you won!

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  10. Merrillee,
    So fun seeing you at the ACFW conference. Congrats on the Beacon wins, and congrats to all the Carol winners!

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  11. Wfnren,
    Love your Raggedy Ann and Andy pic! So, so cute!

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  12. Waving to Patsy, a friend from Seekerville!

    Your chocolate pie sounds yummy! Congrats on winning!

    Pie Queen! That's too fun! With a crown. Love it.

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  13. Congratulations, Merrillee! That's wonderful! I won a contest for poetry in the 6th grade, and have won a number of contests for things like a pickup truck, a trip to Brazil, a 10-speed bike, a microwave oven, and some jewelry, etc.! Would love to win your books!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  14. I haven't had a chance to read any of your books yet Merrille, other than the teaser you had on your site. I would love to win your Kellerville books. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  15. I too am not a writer so haven't won anything for that have won books.
    But I did win champion junior cook at the show twice once a sponge cake and once for a jublee cake.
    I have also won best embroidery exhibit at the show twice. at the local show.

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  16. Jenny,
    I used to embroider! Now, I'm into crochet. I like stamped ever so much more than counted, btw.

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  17. Wow! Beckye. You are the contest queen. You have won a lot of things.

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  18. Ausjenny,
    Cool that you've won two cooking contests and two for embroidery. That's a talent.

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  19. I love hearing about all the different types of contests that people have won.

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  20. Ausjenny,
    I used to embroider. Loved it. Wish I had time now.

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  21. Guess I would have to say that years ago we won the honor of being married on the Bride & Groom TV Show in NYC! Telling my age....lol....it was long ago!
    Would love to read your books, Merrillee.
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  22. Pamela I did counted cross stitch I like that better than stamped.

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  23. its interesting I am not good at cooking like meals etc but I can bake cakes, cookies etc.

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  24. I enjoyed watching/reading the live blog of the ACFW gala over the weekend and seeing all the honorees. Congrats to the winners and to you for awards as well, Merrillee.

    Let's see...I've won books aplenty online (some on this site...thanks *g*), a $500 GC to Mardel bookstore a couple of years ago, a scholarship to college (had to take a test for that one), and my most infamous, the title of Most Likely to be a Lifetime College Student during my senior prom.

    Sounds like others have the cooking and creative gifts...and the rewards to show for them. So not my gifts. =)

    You've got me curious, Jenny...what is a Jubilee Cake?

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  25. I won a Karoke contest. I performed Harry Chapin's TAXI. It was twenty years ago and LOL I won a giant plant. I, of course, killed the plant within days. Or, maybe my cat killed the plant.

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  26. Jenny a Jubliee cake is one with currents and saltanas in it like a fruit loaf its an South Aussie recipe I found out here is a blog with some info and photo.
    http://theblueribboncookbook.blogspot.com/2009/01/melbourne-based-irish-australian-singer.html

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  27. I won a prize for sewing a 'sampler' when I was a child. I still have it. I can only imagine the joy of writing a winning book.

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  28. Thanks for sharing that, Jenny...it looks yummy. =)

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  29. Congratulations to all the winners! I would love to win a contest at cooking, or should I say, my family would love if I was GOOD ENOUGH to win a cooking contest!

    I've had two contest wins that changed my life. Sounds dramatic but it's true. First, when I was nine years old, our county newspaper held a contest related to Bible verses--I can't remember exactly what it was but there were quite a few people in the county who entered, kids and adults alike. And I won--a beautiful Bible that i used every day for years.

    The second contest was the Genesis. I was just surprised to have finaled. And when I got to the conference and both of the other finalists got book contracts at the conference, I figured I'd come in third. So i wore my frumpy dress(I'd just had surgery the week between and figured I'd go comfortable.) But no, I won--I still cringe when I see the pictures of me in that frumpy outfit! And I figured I gave God a good laugh out of that too!

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  30. Okay, Patty, now I want to go find a picture of you in that frumpy dress.

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  31. Merrilee, Congrats on your contest wins. And it was really great visiting with you at ACFW this past weekend.

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  32. Jackie,
    How cool that you got married on a TV show. That is definitely a prize that you remember.

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  33. Ausjenny,
    Thanks for sharing the link.

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  34. Winnie,
    It was good seeing you, too.

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  35. Marybelle,
    I'm sure your sampler brings back wonderful memories.

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  36. Jenny,
    Congratulations on the college scholarship. That's a tremendous prize.

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  37. Patty,
    No winner looks frumpy. The smiles and sometimes tears of the winners are what people see. I love the awards ceremony. I love to see people win. It does my heart good.

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  38. Lots of comments since I logged off last night. The winner of the three books is Jackie S.


    Congratulations!

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  39. Congratulations, Merrilee on your Beacon wins! I had to laugh when I saw the Kellerville flash after the story you told me at ACFW about the town's name change :D

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