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Hey everyone!

Thank you for your patience as I finally announce the winners for this year’s Inktober Contest. This was an amazing year, with many new faces and a few returning. But the stakes are higher, and the rewards greater. And I can assure you that our friends did not disappoint.

I am going to go in the order that I reviewed the different groupings; Music, Art, and Writing. In each group I will lead with the honorable mentions and then move one to are winners.

In Music, for whatever reason, we only had two entrants.

Our runner up in music is @Monkerstar. Monker is no slouch when it comes to our music contest. In fact, he was far and away our best contestant last year with his cover of Detective Detective. I am glad to see him back with two pieces this year. One for Legend, and one for Ripe. Both are very well written and wonderful compositions that I hope you take the time to go back and listen to on the Inktober year two page.

That means that our winner for this year’s Musical Inktober Contest is none other than @annaports. Anna was involved last year as well, with a few covers, but this year really worked a great deal to bring a cover for nearly every day of the month. But it is her cover of the Starbucks Vampire song that nabs her the top spot. The level of entertainment from both the video itself, and the slight editing you did to the lyrics really make this song stand out. You definitely captured the idea of “Tasty.” Anna, I want to encourage you to continue to practice your singing for some of the higher notes and transitions, as a recommendation from those who assisted me in my voting. I can't wait to see what you bring us next year.


That brings us to art. The art contest was fierce and it is every year. Thankfully for our contestants, the powerhouse that won last year elected not to participate, so our new field of challengers started with a equal playing field and boy did they turn up the heat. So lets start with our honorable mentions.

Our first honorable mention is  @Hailey Hepworth She gave us a wonderful drawing for injured of a heart and girl reaching for it. This piece really speaks to both the mental and physical injury that each of us faces and I think she captured it brilliantly.

Our second honorable mention is @man-left-behind. Now they only gave us a literal interpretation of ring, but it was still a well craft piece, considering that we all know that hands are the hardest thing in the world to draw.

Our third honorable mention is a staple of the Music contest, but is attempting to dabble in more creative works. @Monkerstar who brings us the meaning of misfit, with his work on the Misfit criminal idol drawing, much to the chagrin of Cole, and his two reimagined character portrayals of the Detective and Cole. Excellent work!

Our final honorable mention is @Zelarux who had two very wonderful drawings on the topic of Ring and Mindless, and they capture those ideas well and in a unique way. They are well executed and I hope that you continue to refine your work to make even better pieces.

That means that we have an incredible runner up. Someone who can take one word and think of a million things. Indeed, they managed to turn a picture into a thousand(ish) word. We have @Jahotsafits with their wonderful concept on what it means to be a ring, which can sometimes even be a square. Thank you for your contribution to this year’s contest.

That means that we have a winner for this year’s Inktober contest. They created the most art of anyone by far. But beyond that, the art was done spectacularly each time, which can be difficult when you have other obligation on top of this contest. I highly encourage you to look at each one of their pieces in the Inktober year two thread. But our winner, with the Day 6 drawing for Husky is… @FallingRainDroplet !!!!! Congratulations!!


This brings us to our final contest portion and the portion that took me the longest to get through. (I’m not a big reader okay?) We had a number of amazing entries, but at the end of the day we could only choose the top two. Lets get started with our honorable mentions though.

Our first honorable mention is @Harmony , with a day twelve entry for Dragon. They weave an intricate tale of a dragon and a dragon slayer, with the age old question of what is perceived as greatness and what actually is greatness. Thanks for giving us an imaginative story.

The second honorable mention is @Liamsusername. Liam writes a strong, vivid, and all around detailed prose that invokes both mental images and tantalizing metaphors. His stories from the first three days are gripping in their portrayal of life.

This brings us to our runner up @man-left-behind, and his day 4 entry for freeze. It’s a cold look at a cold world and invokes not only the word itself, but helps us to imagine the use of freezing for those things which hold us in their icy grip. While I hope that you find a more positive outlook on life. I have often found that some of my most emotional writings have come from when I was in the thick of it. Thank you for finding the time to write for us. You were the most active writer of our contestants and we thank you for each of your attempts.

This means that our winner of the writing contest is… @Hailey Hepworth with her entry for day 15 legend. This is a great piece of poetry that I enjoyed thoroughly. And I am not one to normally read any poetry at all. Not to mention the piece's beautiful look at what it means to be put on a pedestal and have many, many people looking up to you. An interesting take on the word Legend. Congratulations Hailey!

Thank you to everyone who participated this year. You are the reason that we are here and your continued commitment to the BSS community is most welcomed. If you have any questions for me, or have any suggestion for our next contest please let me know.

Welcome to 2020, it’s going to be a great year!


Joseph Bohan

One of the Real Ones.

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WOOHOO! I want to give a congratulation to all of the winners, and a big thank you to all participants, it takes a lot of courage to put your heart out like that. Let's make next year even better! 👍

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