We have a winner!

Yes, the time has finally come to announce the The Power of Tension Blogfest winner!


Congratulations, Trisha!

Trisha, the Tension Legend!

Trisha’s winning excerpt:

I make it to the corner store with minutes to spare.

Rushing down the kitchen and bathroom aisle, I dart around the corner and see the storeroom door. Suppressing a yell of triumph and relief, I fly at the door and rattle the handle—it turns. I fall on it, push, slip inside. My breaths are harsh in my ears, but at least they’re still coming. Read more.

Trisha has won a $15 Amazon voucher plus an interview on my and Rachel’s blogs OR a 1st chapter beta read by Rachel and me.  Let us know what you’d like, Trisha!

2nd prize goes to….


Congratulations, Gabriellan!

Gabriellan’s winning excerpt:

 For the past week, I’d had a countdown clock of sorts in my head. Now, the countdown clock read 00:00:01.

The door to my cell opened. Slowly, the steamy interior of the cell cleared.


“That’s not my name.” I made my voice as cold as I could.  Read more.

Gabriellan has won a $10 Amazon voucher plus an interview on my and Rachel’s blogs OR a 1st chapter beta read by Rachel and me.  Let us know what you’d like, Gabriellan!

and 3rd prize… is a tie!



Congratulations, Damyanti!



Congratulations, Sarah!

Damyanti’s winning excerpt (note: violence warning):

I mean to kill. I know it is only a matter of time today, I’ve chosen my spot well.

A man on the hospital escalator going down watches a woman on her way up. A staircase separates the two escalators, perhaps for busy doctors who can’t get enough cardio into their week. The man turns, raises his head to gaze at her trim little figure. She does not notice him watching her, nor does he know  I hold him in my sight. Read more.

Sarah’s winning excerpt: 

Emily walked the bird block.  Large almost-birds hissed and whispered in the trees—Bird hater, bird hater.
This last block to school belonged to the birds for a week now, though no one else heard them. Emily didn’t look at them.  If she did, they would slide around on the branches like shadows.  She wouldn’t be able to tell where their beaks ended and their heads began. The largest of them would open his mouth in a great yawn, and for a second, Emily would feel all swallowed up.  That’s what happened the first day.  The day after they’d lost the softball championship. Read more.

Damyanti and Sarah have each won a $5 Amazon voucher.

Honourable mentions

Honourable mentions go to our two remaining finalists, J. C. Martin, Fighter Writer and Steph from Word by Word. Between them, they received over 20% of the votes in the competition, which just shows how close the results were.

Thank you!

Thanks again to everyone who entered the blogfest, to everyone who voted, and to everyone who commented. You helped to make the competition a wonderful success!

Yay for tension! 😀



Filed under Competitions, Rachel Morgan, Tension blogfest, Writers, Writing

20 responses to “We have a winner!

  1. All awesome entries! Congratulations to the winners, and also to the other finalists whose entries were wonderful too. I honestly can’t even remember which one I ended up voting for because the choice was so hard 🙂

    • It was a very close competition! Very glad we handed over the final decision to the general public because I know Rachel and I would’ve had a hard time making it!

  2. Ooohhh very awesome 😀 Thank you!!! So excited! I finally won something based on writing. lol. I seem to win other stuff that isn’t ’cause of my writing, so this is really an honour!! I was really excited to be a finalist with other such great entrants too!

    Great blogfest overall and some totally amazing entries!!

    • You’re very welcome, Trisha. You deserve it. It doesn’t matter how many times I read your entry, it still makes me feel tense!

      Have a think and let us know whether you want an interview on my and Rachel’s blogs or whether you want us to beta-read a chapter of something for you! 🙂

      • Thank you!! 🙂 Well I think I’ll go with the critique… I just have to figure out what to send you guys. I have so many projects. argh? hehe.

    • Go Trisha! You definitely deserve the win. All the finalists were great, but yours was ZOMG jaw droppingly amazing!

  3. Oh, wow! I’m so excited about the third place finish in my first blogfest! 🙂 Thanks, Cally and Rachel! And congrats, Trisha, Gabriellan, and Damyanti! All amazing entries.

  4. Vicki Tremper

    Yay, Trisha! Congrats to everyone!

  5. Congratulations, Trisha, Damyanti, and Sarah! Thank you so much Cally and Rachel for hosting this! I’m so happy that I even made the finalists, and ecstatic about placing!

  6. Congrats to all the winners. And thanks again Cally and Rachel for hosting this blogfest. It was crazy fun reading all the entries. I still can’t believe I made it to the finals.

  7. Congrats Winners! Way to keep thing tense.

  8. Congrats to all the winners! And thanks to Cally and Rachel for hosting! This was such a fun blogfest – let’s do it again really soon 🙂

  9. Hey – just letting you know I used my Amazon gift card today – Supernatural soundtrack (the score) and another CD coming my way 😀 Thanks again!

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