Expat Writing Contest October 2012 Winners
The ExpatsBlog.com team judges were impressed with the high standard and originality of the entries. A shortlist was drawn up on the basis of how well the entries fulfilled the contest's criteria, with the public votes and comments also taken into account.
The winner is…
Meghan Blosser, The Long Way Home
Judges' comment: this entry is a masterpiece in subtle and understated language, with vignettes that convey a wealth of personal and practical advice for any expat situation. The motivational ending was great too!
The runner up is…
Lisa Sadleir, Bursting Bubbles in Spain
Judges' comment: the very practical advice on Spain given in this engaging and upbeat entry could be applied to many places around the world.
A special prize, not taking the public voting into account, goes to...
Kathy Drouin-Keith, Finding our Bliss in Bangkok
Judges' comment: we were instantly hooked by this entry's lively writing and dialogue. 'Mai pen rai: it's all good'!
Special mentions go to the following entries:
Arva Ahmed, Making Myself Right at Home - a particularly thought-provoking entry written from a unique perspective.
Sarah Metzker Erdemir, Learning New Byzantium - Istanbul comes to life through fantastic imagery; features plenty of useful and original advice.
Robin Graham, On Our Way - a brilliantly-written entry with beautiful descriptions; the ending was especially motivational.
Sine Thieme, An Expat in South Africa - a showcase for the wonders of South Africa, touching on the realities of expat life.
Thanks to everyone for taking part in this fantastic contest. The standard was truly exceptional, demonstrating the quality found amongst the expat blogging community! We will contact the three winners regarding their prizes.