This is it, ladies and gentlemen! The moment you’ve been waiting over a month for. We had a veritable flood of entries this year, and now it’s time to reward two of those creative souls for their hard work and ability to follow simple instructions. This is where I shall reveal the winners of the Sixth Annual Contest of Whatever!
First of all, I want to thank all eleven bloggers out there who played along! After four straight years of single digit player pools, I was very pleased that we at least tied the participation record from the inaugural Contest in 2014. That includes three people who played the CoW for the very first time. Taking the time to show off your creative skills and humoring me with your weird and wonderful imaginations is greatly appreciated by this squirrel… and from the looks of the comments everyone left on each others’ entries, by all of your fellow players as well. You guys and gals all rock!
I say this every year, and I mean it every year. Picking a winner was not easy. But this year…. it was damn near impossible. In all five previous Contests, I’ve either had a pretty good idea who I was going to choose by the time I created the post of all entries, or at least had two or possibly three I was debating on. Until I sat down this morning to begin the arduous task of picking a winner, I still had no clue who I was going to choose, or had even eliminated any of the entries. So I read them all again and put a star next to the name ONLY if I seriously thought it might be a worthy winner among the entire bunch. That narrowed my choices down to……. six.
I hemmed and I hawed and I did all kinds of other indecisive things. If I were rich, I could simply let everyone win a prize, but such isn’t the case. I had to choose one… and I finally did it. For better or for worse, I picked my
victim winner of the best overall entry in the 2019 Contest of Whatever. And that winner is…………………….
It is always cool to come across someone else in this vast wasteland of WordPress who has an imagination as sick and twisted as mine is… and I was laughing myself silly as Melanie used the bar theme to introduce me (and the world) to some of the strange and wonderful critters who inhabit her home. This would have been a major contender for the Shelf Critter Theatre theme of the 2017 CoW! The weird and colorful background she worked in to the pictures was one of the touches that put this one over the top. Congrats Melanie on being the first rookie to win the overall CoW award since everyone was a rookie in the first game!
Don’t go ripping up your entries and saying the contest was rigged just yet! We still have a second winner to find… and that’s the random drawing that awards just showing up! I’ll assign everyone a number based on the order I presented the entries in on Friday…
1 – Merby
2 – Jenn
3 – Juliette
4 – Ally Bean
5 – Melanie
6 – Draliman
7 – Ghost
8 – Mandy
9 – Pam
10 – Ruth
11 (Jack) – Cat On My Head
Using the same deck of cards I have used to choose every past CoW random winner… I picked out the Ace through Jack of spades, removing the five for Melanie.
MITZI: Oooooooooooh! Are we, like, gonna play strip poker?
Ummm, no, Mitzi. I just need you to supervise the drawing. Please just watch as I shuffle the cards long enough to have no idea where any card might be. Besides, you’re already naked anyway.
MITZI: (Looking at herself) Wowsies! I, like, totally am all nakies! So…….. wanna do it instead?
Sighhhhh…… no, Mitzi. Really, that would be extremely weird. And possibly illegal in some states. Would you just please pick the top card off the deck?
MITZI: Can Mitzi at least have a smoochie before…
You can bug Draliman for smoochies later! Just. Pick. The. Card!!!
MITZI: You’re, like, totally no fun!!!
And the winner of the random drawing is……………….
MITZI: Like, does this mean we can have a threesome?
Congratulations to Juliette…. the 2017 overall winner who finally breaks the jinx of nobody having ever won a CoW prize twice!!!!
So Melanie and Juliette may visit my Cafepress shop and choose one item valued at $20 USD or less as their prize for being the 2019 CoW winners. Send your prize request as well as mailing address to my email (which can be found here) and I will have your goodies ordered and on their way as soon as possible! You are both also entitled to display the winner badge for this year’s contest on your blog for perpetuity….
And of course nobody ever leaves the Contest of Whatever completely empty handed. Besides the smoochie from Mitzi, you also get the customary and totally cool loser badge to show off to everyone!
Once again, a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who played this year’s contest! It was, in my estimation, a very big success… not only in quantity, but most importantly in quality! The creativity of my readers never ceases to amaze me! Be sure to join me next February for the Seventh Annual Contest of Whatever, where the theme will be….. well, who knows!