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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #3

August 26, 2013

wine challenge possessionDoes word association free the unconscious mind? Try this one:

Dog, Cat, Fur, Coat, Enshroud, Night, Eye, Heart, Love, Hate, Dark, Red, Wine…

If you came up with the same conclusion this challenge is perfect for you. The Drunken Cyclist came up with the idea of a Monthly Wine Writing Challenge, The Armchair Sommelier set last month’s theme (both blog names are fantastic word associations in themselves) and it’s my turn to set the challenge for September 2013 – thanks to everyone who was kind enough to vote for me.

The theme is . . . POSSESSION.

What associations does that word conjure up for you and how does that relate to wine?

Here’s what you have to do to join in:

Deadline for submission:  Monday, September 23rd 2013 (four weeks from now).

Voting Begins:  Tuesday, September 24th

Voting Ends:  Saturday, September 28th

Winner Announced:  Sunday, September 29th (like The Armchair Sommelier, it takes me a while to do maths).

The rules are simple.

1. The Monthly Wine Writing Challenge is a work in progress. Any (or all) of the “rules” below can be amended or even changed.  As long as you are the King/Queen of the Wine Writing Challenge.

2. Write a post/article/essay based on the month’s theme. It is up to you to determine how to interpret the theme, but there needs to be some connection to wine.

3. The post should be between 500-1000 words because it’s been proved that people nod off after this time. If you disagree and can keep them riveted, go ahead. If you search WordPress for the tag wplongform you’ll realise you are not alone.

4. The post has to include a connection to wine (it’s a wine writing challenge).

5. Post your article/essay on your own blog.  Link back to this post, send me a link to your post, or include it as a comment here (or do all three).  I will link to all the posts at the voting announcement (on 24th September).

6. Spread the word. Use the hashtag #MWWC3 on Twitter and Facebook and persuade, cajole, or bribe as many of your wine-centric blogger friends and connections to take the plunge. Who knows what sparkling writing and ideas could emerge from two little words (possession and wine that is!)

7. Once voting begins, vote for your top three favourite posts… but you can’t vote for yourself.  The winner will get a huge virtual round of applause and will set the next month’s challenge (i.e. October 2013).

Wine writing challenge badge8. Here’s an optional badge that can appear on your post. Feel free to download.

If you’ve never taken part in a writing challenge before, this is a great place to start. Who knows what your unconscious mind will reveal. Uncork your creativity (sorry) and enjoy writing and reading all the other interpretations. So are you up for this?

  1. August 26, 2013 12:10 pm

    A great challenge. I can’t wait to see people’s posts…



  2. August 26, 2013 2:00 pm

    Oooh, I am tempted…

    • August 27, 2013 1:03 am

      Oh do, do …please do… would love to read what you write about possession and wine.

  3. August 26, 2013 4:05 pm

    I love it! Can’t wait to read . . . and write!! Salud!

    • August 27, 2013 1:02 am

      Can’t wait to read yours 🙂

  4. August 26, 2013 5:17 pm

    Great Challenge, if I had time and things to say about wine I would definitely join in!
    Looking forward to see the posts.

  5. August 26, 2013 9:45 pm

    Oh I am really quite tempted as one of my aims for the new year (I still work on academic years) is to work on my writing.

    • August 27, 2013 1:01 am

      Oh do – would love your take on this.

  6. August 27, 2013 2:18 am

    The entries for August were all excellent. Well done for winning 🙂 I’ll be braver and submit something this time!

    • September 21, 2013 8:43 pm

      Really looking forward to reading it.

  7. August 27, 2013 11:14 pm

    How intriguing. I’m just about to start a paper on Gastronomy and Communication with, you guessed it, a wine writing assignment. I shall be looking to you for plenty of tips and examples. Great challenge.

    • September 21, 2013 8:44 pm

      Wow – I love the sound of that paper. Where are you studying?

  8. September 2, 2013 12:58 pm

    Hi Sally,
    what a good idea ! Just returned from Tuscany and the competition inspired me to do my next post on our visit to a fantastic vineyard The Salcheto, just outside Montepulciano.

    here is the post:

  9. September 11, 2013 7:20 pm

    Just posted my piece on ‘Possession”. Great challenge!

    • September 14, 2013 11:32 am

      Woo hoo – fantastic post….and incredible collection of glasses!

  10. September 15, 2013 12:19 am

    Thank you for this fun challenge! Here is my submission:

    • September 15, 2013 8:41 am

      Great to see they are caretakers of the land rather than trying to possess. Fantastic post.

  11. September 15, 2013 11:59 pm

    I followed your blog–and I hope that means I’ll get a reminder to vote… I loved reading last months entries. Congratulations on winning!

    • September 21, 2013 8:46 pm

      Voting starts soon – it’ll be in your reader on 24th – enshallah. And thanks for the follow.

  12. September 18, 2013 10:55 pm

    Reblogged this on Red Wine Diva and commented:
    Monthly Wine Writing Challenge – are you up for it???

  13. September 19, 2013 5:25 pm

    You’ve already seen it, but I thought I’d throw it out here as well. My submission, with the in-official title “Are German winemakers merely possessors?”:

    • September 21, 2013 8:47 pm

      Great title and article. This is going to be a tough round to vote on. How to just pick one?

      • September 21, 2013 9:22 pm

        Well, that’s why it’s good we can nominate three…and then see where the chips fall. That is still the policy, right?

      • September 22, 2013 8:32 am

        Glad you reminded me. Just trying to fix the poll settings for easy voting so a timely reminder!!

  14. September 19, 2013 7:20 pm

    This is the first challenge I have participated in. Great topic! As I was reading all the other posts for #MWWC3, I was inspired to write as well. Cheers!

    • September 21, 2013 8:48 pm

      So glad you were inspired to write. Cheers indeed.

  15. September 19, 2013 8:51 pm

    Here’s my submission: (As you will see, I took it quite literally.)

    • September 21, 2013 8:49 pm

      Literal is good – especially as you did it with a twist. Love it.

  16. September 20, 2013 6:06 am

    Well here is my foray, because I am possessed.

    • September 21, 2013 8:49 pm

      I was really moved by your post. Does that mean I am too?

      • September 22, 2013 2:52 am

        I guess that is all predicated on the depth of your cellar, as you saw mine has too many, so I must fight the “possessed” feelings more often.

      • September 22, 2013 8:31 am

        Is there such a thing as too many bottles of wine? 🙂

  17. September 20, 2013 7:40 pm

    Hi Sally, here’s my entry, having taken *massive* liberties with the challenge and theme:

    • September 21, 2013 8:50 pm

      I think I probably took massive liberties with my own theme too. You’d think I’d choose a theme with a post in mind wouldn’t you? Nope!

    • September 23, 2013 8:56 am

      Hooray! So glad you did 🙂

  18. September 23, 2013 7:09 pm

    Thank you for the challenge! Possession and wine, in turns, seem easy topics to tackle until I took a step back. It’s easy to be greedy, hard to realize we are: Check it out:

  19. September 25, 2013 1:15 pm

    It’s really a nice and helpful piece of info.
    I’m happy that you just shared this helpful information with
    us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  20. December 20, 2013 2:54 am

    Reblogged this on mwwcblog.


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