Watch Me Bounce to Cease Publication

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        Watch Me Bounce will be closing our virtual doors and cease publication as of after April 8th, 2016. The website will remain live, but no new content will be published. Please see below for relevant information for both readers and writers.     Copyright: In order to give our authors as much value as they can gain from their contributions, we want to make sure they can use their content however they please, and will therefore remove it from the website if requested to.     Open Positions for Editors in the Future: At this point, it is unclear whether Watch Me Bounce will re-open in the future. However, we welcome any ...

April 6, 2016

Results for the Watch Me Bounce “Resilience” Writing Contest

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    Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who shared their story with us. We appreciate your effort, and gave every story and poem the time it deserved.     After a lengthy deliberation, the Watch Me Bounce judges Robyn Corum, Contest Administrator; Juanima Hiatt, Nonfiction Editor; Charles Brooks III, Poetry Editor; and Rocky Reichman, Editor-in-Chief as secondary judge).     Please see the Final Results below. Stay ready for new Watch Me Bounce contests in the future.         Nonfiction Stories   1st Place Nonfiction Winner: "An Unfinished Story" by Brock   2nd Place Nonfiction Winner: "What If Counting Your Blessings ...

August 13, 2012

A Critique of “A Complicated Gift” by Maureen Dion

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  A Complicated Gift skyrocketed to the top of the list for Watch Me Bounce's contest entries mainly because the author, Maureen Dion, truly wrote from her heart. The story, told from the viewpoint of a grandmother raising her grandchild, is not a diatribe or list of complaints, nor does it preach values—rather, it manages to combine a visual, grabbing look at life while exposing some heartfelt lessons learnt through the experience of raising a young child. This is why we at Watch Me Bounce thought it important to give this true story the recognition it deserves, and help promote the resilience mothers, fathers and other caretakers maintain every single day of their busy productive lives.     Two factors ...

September 4, 2011

Nonfiction Winner: “A Complicated Gift” by Maureen Dion

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    A COMPLICATED GIFT By Maureen Dion   Toddler-breath is tickling my cheek. At first I think I'm dreaming. I'm in a sleep so deep it's like death, like I swallowed a fistful of Ambien, when suddenly there is an elbow in my eye and a chubby knee wedged into my stomach. A small body is climbing all over me. I awake with a jolt, a brain-slamming, oh-my-God awareness - SHE'S AWAKE! My three-year old grand-daughter, the little terrorist who lives with us, believes that 5:00 am is the beginning of her new day. For me, it's barely the ending of my yesterday. I am so not ready to begin this day. I am ...

September 4, 2011

Critique of “Dressed For What’s Next” by Gabrielle Magnanii

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  Dressed For What's Next is a story about resilience both in a psychological and functional way. The struggle of this protagonist is easy to see, making conflict of the story clear from page one. The writer deftly reveals the adversity in subtle but powerful ways, such as when Sheila lashes out at one of the girls trying to help her, and only because she perceived what was a minor comment to be threatening. Dressed For What's Next in this way gives us a look into what life as a survivor might be like. What adversity Sheila has survived we are never told, but whether it is domestic violence, or sexual abuse ...

September 4, 2011

Fiction Winner: “Dressed For What’s Next” by Gabrielle Magnanii

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Dressed For What’s Next By Gabrielle Magnani You got off the subway on 33rd and Park. This was not a neighborhood you were familiar with. Park Avenue has such a ritzy ring to it. You never figured to find yourself actually on it. But there you were, seeking the cross street on 31st. It was fall, and there was an icy feel to the air. You really wished you had a warm coat, but first things first. The urge to run back into the subway was overwhelming. A few deep breathes and a glance at the tattered hole in the seam of your jean jacket gave you courage. You fingered the tattered ...

September 4, 2011

2011 Watch Me Bounce Contest Results

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    Watch Me Bounce is pleased to announce the winners for our debut "Resilience" Writing Contest. We received scores of submissions from around the world, and were introduced to many passionate writers with important stories to tell. Below you'll find our picks for first place fiction story, first place true life story and first place poem. Accompanying each winner is a Critique conducted by the Editors of Watch Me Bounce and the contest judges. We congratulate the three winners and thank all the writers for submitting. There were many entrants with great stories to share but unfortunately we could pick only one winner for each category.   Contest Judges: Linda Penhall (Fiction, True Stories); ...

September 4, 2011

Poetry Winner: The Broken House by Neni Iryani

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The Broken House By Neni Iryani   Raspy whisper of wind is still rumbling through a house fallen into a ruin one night storm made it rubble-- salient proof of fall. I now rare to know if resiliency will rummage the broken house!

September 4, 2011

Critique of “The Broken House”

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  This poem is the clear winner of this contest due to the open-ended appeal that reaches into the lives of many who face tragedy. "The Broken House" can apply to anyone whether what they face is the actual loss of a home due to fire or the metaphorical home of one's soul. No matter the case, he or she facing destruction often wonder, sometimes with anger, if the house will be rebuilt - if it is rebuilt, will it be what we hope, fall short, or become a palace. To write a poem that reaches everyone can lead to such general language that it seems to speak to no one. ...

September 4, 2011