Contests

Contest Finalists… and Holiday Schedule

Good morning and happy Hanukkah! We have contest finalists today… and we’re VOTING. A big thank-you to everyone who scribbled down the first thing that came to mind worked long and hard to compose your beauiful haiku for the 17 Syllables Contest. Here are the five I’ve chosen as finalists. VOTE IN THE SIDEBAR. One…
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17 Syllables

CONTEST UPDATE:THANKS for all the great entries so far! You have a couple more days to submit… and let me give you a hint. It’s the HOLIDAYS, people. Can we get some sweetness and light here? Maybe a few drops of humor? I’m seeing drops of blood and tears on the page and sure, I…
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We Have a Winner

THANKS to everyone for your jokes! They were SOOOO funny and I had lots of LOL moments, as I’m sure all the readers did. Thank you for contributing! (If you haven’t read the jokes, click here for Friday’s post and read the comments section. It’s hilarious!) It was *hard* picking a favorite, but I did.…
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Contest Final!

Congratulations to Christy for winning the contest! (Please contact me via email.) Kudos to all of you in the top six – great job. Thanks to EVERYONE who entered, commented and voted. I hope this was a little bit helpful and instructive. (Scroll down for today’s actual post.)
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The Contest – Honorable Mentions

I wanted to mention a few more contest entries that impressed me for various reasons. I’m also going to give my thoughts, from the editor’s perspective, about what’s not working so well or how the paragraph might have been improved. Just remember, I DO like all of these! So if I’ve critiqued yours, don’t take…
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Vote for Contest Winner!

Thanks to all of you who entered the Show vs. Tell contest! I was impressed with the entries and can see everyone really working on “showing” in their writing. If you want to tell us about your experience with this exercise, leave a comment here. Was it harder than you thought it would be? Did…
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Friday Mini-Contest

It’s autumn… and doesn’t it feel like it’s time for a contest? It’s been a couple months and I’m having withdrawals. Let’s have some fun! Lately I’m trying to do more posts about the craft of writing, and a couple of people have asked me to tackle showing vs. telling. Now, I would love to…
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A New Writing Contest

Passing along a press release… Zondervan and Mount Hermon Writer’s ConferenceSponsor Competition for Aspiring Fiction AuthorsWinner Receives $10,000 Publishing Contract GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 3, 2008 – Unpublished Christian fiction writers, get your manuscripts ready. Zondervan, a world leader in Christian communications, today announced All About the Story, a writing competition for first-time novelists. The…
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Oh Yeah, We Had a Contest…

I’m back! This vacation was… well, fantastic. I can hardly explain it. I had an amazing time. It’s going to be difficult getting back into work mode. But here I am, nose to the grindstone as usual. So, I have a couple of things for you today. First, a teeny-tiny contest. It’s so small, it’s…
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Friday Mini-Contest

I’m heading out for vacation to—you guessed it—the beach. Sun, sand, friends, family…. ahhhhhhh. I can’t wait. So in honor of my vacation I thought I’d give you a little writing exercise and contest. Here’s your prompt: You are lying on the beach, soaking up the sun. A cooling breeze drifts across your body and…
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Congratulations to the Winner!

The votes are in, the blog readers have spoken, and JL is the winner of the Teensy Weensy challenge. Once again, here’s the winning entry. ==== Russell, There’s $600 in your trumpet case for half the rent. I cancelled the flowers and the tapas without any BS, but the prima donna at the bakery said…
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Teensy Weensy Challenge Results!

It’s time for the preliminary results of the Teensy Weensy Challenge (with a twist.) Wow—that was so much fun! We had 123 entries, a great turn out. Thank you, all of you, for making the effort to stretch your creative muscles, write those 100 words, and entertain us all. If you haven’t had a chance…
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Announcing…

A Teensy Weensy Story Challenge* *with a twist   WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE? Write a complete story in 100 words or less. WHAT’S THE TWIST? The photo above is your story prompt. YOU MEAN I HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT THE PICTURE? It’s a PROMPT. It’s meant to inspire you or help you think of a story…
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Six Word Story Results – ALMOST!

A mighty THANKS to everyone for stretching your creative muscles, writing six-word stories, and giving me my highest-ever 1-day comment count. (By FAR.) And thanks to you former-lurkers who came out of hiding, too. There were so many that I just couldn’t narrow it down to one winner. So… (I love when I change the…
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