As always, I was touched and inspired by the contest entries. For anyone interested in writing and submitting greeting card verse ideas for placement within the industry, check out the Greeting Card Association website, http://www.greetingcard.org, for valuable tips and information. Also, the 2012 Writers Market lists nineteen card companies willing to work with freelancers and lists the websites, contact names, addresses, needs, pay rates, etc. for each company.
Special thanks go to the judges, all of whom are trusted writer friends who genuinely care about helping other writers. The judges give their time and energy to this contest for very low pay–I buy them breakfast when we meet to add up the scores–and though we have a good time arguing and even coming up with a few of our own off-the-cuff cards, I’m still very grateful. Writing is hard work. Giving up some of their own writing time to judge is a gift.
Just a note about the point system. You will see that SECOND PlACE has a three-way tie, and the JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARD has a tie. I know that some contests bring in a new judge as a tiebreaker, and I also know that sometimes the decision comes down to a coin toss. Neither way is what my mother would do, and I don’t play that way, either. When there are same-point ties, both/all of the entries with that score receive the full prize. To read all the entries in the contest, return to the COMMENT boxes connected to “New Contest! Write a Greeting Card for Mother’s Day” and “One Week to Deadline”
FIRST PLACE: “Being In The Middle” by Cinamyn ($25.00)
Judge’s comment: “…it was the vividly described pictures that got to me, illustrating the authenic theme that those who think they’re average are actually very special…one in a million…and so are their mothers!”
(Front cover–4 sections)
I may not be the prettiest (picture of 3 girls standing, as if winning a beauty contest–our girl, the fourth, is behind them, waving from behind)
Or the best to drive a car. (our girl in a car crashed into a mailbox)
I may not be the fastest (our girl standing with her hand shielding the sun from her eyes and several runners in the distance)
Or the smartest one by far. (our girl holding up a paper marked with a B)
Being in the middle is the hardest place to be. (our girl standing in the middle of a crowd)
But you always made me feel special by saying, “You’re one in a million to me!” (our girl and mother hugging in the middle of the crowd, highlighted)
I couldn’t have asked for a better Mom. You’re one in a million!
Happy Mother’d day!
SECOND PLACE (Three-Way TIE; Each writer receives $15.00):
-for Sarah’s “The Best Mom for my Grandson”–“I loved that this card used a different name than Grandma, yet all grandparents can relate to it…Nana’s pride and love are so obvious…”
– for Luola’s “Single Mom”–”As a single mother, I hope my son always knows how much I struggle, care, sacrifice and give…and how very much I love him. Luola’s card hit the nail on the head about what it is to be a single mom.”
– for Margaret C’s “Where Babies Come From”–”Any woman who has adopted a baby, or any child who was adopted, will cherish this brief, wise, heartfelt card. The rest of us look on, reading the message, and applauding this loving tribute.”
“The Best Mom For My Grandson” by Sarah
(Cover Art: A young lady standing alone)
You told me you were pregnant!
My heart, it skipped a beat!
Then I started crying from
The joy within my heart!
(Inside Art: A young mom, a little boy, and a Nana)
You are the best mom for my grandson.
I couldn’t be more proud.
I am proud to be your mom,
Proud to be his Nana.
~ ~ ~
“Single Mom” by Luola
For all your struggles & all your care
For letting me know you would always be there
For the sacrifices you made & all the sleepless nights
For the hugs & kisses to say it will be all right
You’ve given so much, what a great price to pay
So for you I will make every day Mother’s Day.
Happy Mother’s Day! I love you, Mommy!
~ ~ ~
“Where Babies Come From” by Margaret C.
(Cover art) Two Women. One is pregnant. The other wears a Big Red Heart.
(Cover message) YOU TAUGHT ME THE BEST LESSON, MOM: SOME BABIES
COME FROM BIG TUMMIES. OTHER BABIES COME FROM BIG HEARTS.
(Inside message) THANKS FOR ADOPTING ME, MOM.
JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARDS: (Tie; Each writer receives $10.00)
The Special Awards are for entries that one or more of the judges felt had an extra special quality. For Cassandra’s “Mother Mine,” two of the judges applauded the rich imagery: reading stories under a steam tent; standing in line to buy a young girl roller skates when metal was scarce during the war, etc. For Sam’s “Mom, My Wife Thanks You,” one judge laughed out loud, saying every man would get it, and there’s a shortage of funny greeting cards for men to send to their moms at Mother’s Day.”
“Mother Mine” by Cassandra
My mother, pretty,
Vivacious, smiley, always
Steadfast in support.
She read me dog stories
Under a steam tent when the
Measles would not break out.
She stood four hours in
Line to secure roller skates
When metal was for war.
She heard hours of teen
Drama, always on my side.
She saw the humor.
She was a mirror
Guiding me to find myself.
We were so much alike.
She’s gone to a better
World now. I miss most our
Long walking talks.
“Mom, My Wife Thanks You” by Sam
(Cover Art) An odd looking couple holding out a nicely wrapped present.
(Cover Message) Mom, my wife thanks you for teaching me these
1. Never hit girls
2. Always put down the lid
3. Never forget where you came from…
(Inside Message) Eeeeeeewwwwww.
Thanks Mom. Happy Mother’s Day
And so, dear readers of this blog, another writing contest in honor of Mary Elizabeth Shepherd’s writing talents has come to an end. I close with this Mother’s Day quote:
From the popular long-running TV sitcom, The Golden Girls, comes this sensitive, thoughtful nugget: “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.”
To paraphrase FORREST GUMP, I hope this Mother’s Day was like a box of Chocolate-covered Strawberries. Yum!
(With special thanks to Molly,Trevor,Grace and Gannon for the delicious gift!)