Posts made in May, 2012

Sheila Bender’s current contest

Does the World Inspire You? Summer Contest Reading Period May 30 to July 30, 2012 Do you have an essay or poems inspired by your observations of the world around you? It could be a scene or event in nature or even the world outside your window. Perhaps we can challenge you to write one especially for this contest. Like some of our past contests, this one includes the opportunity for revision because Sheila believes in second chances. She will read and respond to your essays of up to six pages (1500 words) or three poems submitted online or through the mail along with a reading fee of $15 for members (it’s easy to  join). Entrants may revise and resubmit their work for final judging by a guest judge (to be announced) at no extra cost. Our contest deadlines offer you an incentive for creating new work and/or dusting off older work you’ve wanted to develop. The guest judge will choose three winners from among all entrants; the winners receive free consults with Sheila as well as publication of their winning essay.  Sheila wants everyone to be a winner and by receiving her detailed response to your submitted writing, you get a head start in making your writing sing. If you are not a current Writing It Real member, sign up to receive our quarterly announcements of events, classes and upcoming contests or become a member now. Send us what you have already written on this topic (up to 1500 words or three poems) or create a new draft (even a freewrite will do). If you’d like, use this prompt for your freewrite: This is what I see from where I sit: ___________. And this is what I think of when I look more closely: ___________. The online form allows you to pay the reading fee of $15 via paypal or you can mail a check to Writing It Real, 394 Colman Drive, Port Townsend, WA 98368. You’ll receive Sheila’s detailed response within one week. Revise and resubmit (at no extra charge) for the guest judge’s consideration.  The detailed response is guaranteed to speed you on your way to a finished piece, which may, of course, be longer or shorter than the original, as revision frequently means putting in what we left out or leaving out what turns out to be unnecessary. 1st place – two 30-minute consults with Sheila; 2nd and 3rd place, one 30-minute consult each. Prepare your entries and enter soon! The contest fee for nonmembers includes a $35 Courier level year’s membership to Writing It Real, plus the contest reading fee of $15. Please go to Writing It Real Contest to join now. If you...

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Receive Global Exposure for Your Talents (Writers, Animators, Illustrators, and Musicians)

The app development team at Wickedly Sisters is sponsoring a contest to find writers, animators, illustrators and musicians to expand the storyline of the new, award winning iNovel app Spoon and the Moon.  Spoon and the Moon is an interactive iNovel app with hot music performed by musicians from North America and Europe, along with whimsical animations and illustrations all woven through a magical storyline. Spoon and the Moon, International Gold Medal eLit Award winner for Illuminating Digital Publishing, is among the TOP 20 best selling apps from Amazon for Android™ Tablets and Kindle Fire™. Here is a chance for you to get some global exposure for your talents by winning a spot in the next update and a $100.00 cash prize for the winners in each category. For contest details and rules, please go to www.spoonandthemoonapp.com. The only fee to enter is the cost of the app, which is on sale now at an introductory .99 cents in the Amazon Apps for Android Store. Davis Studio LLC Wickedly Sisters PO Box 4714-0714 Louisville, KY 40204 USA www.spoonandthemoonapp.com wickedlysisters@gmail.com...

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US Essay Contest to Honor Veterans and Win a Trip to Korea

June 30 submission deadline; Winners and their companions to receive All-Expenses-Paid VIP Trip to Korea in Sept. 2012; Students and military families are encouraged to submit. The first US nation-wide essay contest entitled “Korean War Veteran’s Enduring Legacy” will be hosted by Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI USA), a Korean government agency in New York, to pay tributes to Korean War veterans. The contest, a part of the 2012 Body & Seoul – Korean War Veterans & Families Health Appreciation Event, is held in partnership with the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA). “From the ashes of war, the Korean people today can enjoy our vibrant democracy and coveted economic prosperity. We owe our deep gratitude to the men and women who served to defend the freedom on the Korean peninsula against the reckless aggression from the communist North,” said Amb. Young-mok Kim of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York. “Korean War Veterans’ Enduring Legacy” is a noble and much needed endeavor to preserve the memories of the Korean War veterans and their valor and sacrifices.” Open to all US Korean War veterans and their families, the commemorative essay contest marks the 59th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, of which date July 27 was proclaimed by President Barak Obama in 2010 as the National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. One person per veteran’s family (veteran, or a family member) is eligible to submit. Veterans may share his/her own recount of the Korean War, or family members may submit the story of their Korean War Veteran’s enduring legacy (living or deceased). “As President of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc., I believe that our members will welcome the opportunity to take part in this US nation-wide essay contest called the “Korean War Veterans Enduring Legacy.” I hope that many of our members or their families throughout the United States will take the time to submit their essay.” Said KWVA president William F. Mac Swain. “As Veterans of the Korean War, we need to take the time to relate to our nation what was accomplished when we stopped communism from spreading around the world. We appreciate the KHIDI USA for undertaking this project. Two contest winners will receive grand prize of an exclusive, all-expenses-paid VIP trip to Korea for themselves and one additional travel companion each. The prize includes round trip business-class air tickets; hotel accommodation; KWVA Korea Revisit Program — http://bit.ly/e2YIXR — that includes a guided tour to Panmunjom, DMZ, Joint Security Area, Korean Folk Village Tour and banquet hosted by MPVA and KVA. Winners and their companions will also enjoy as part of the trip a health appreciation services at renowned...

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Gemini May issue: fiction, poetry, memoir & The 2012 Flash Fiction Contest

“Let’s Rob a Bank” (debut fiction from Anders Benson), “A Faithful, One Handbag Woman” (Sudha Balagopal), “Personal Foul” (Don Riesett) and other thought provoking work can now be found online in the May issue of Gemini Magazine. THE 2012 GeminiMAGAZINE FLASH FICTION CONTEST Grand Prize: $1,000 Second Place: $100 Third Place: $50 Three Honorable Mentions Entry fee: $4 ($3 for each additional entry) Deadline: August 31, 2012 Maximum length: 1,000 words All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the October 2012 Issue of Gemini. Absolutely no restrictions on content, style or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful work. Why such a low entry fee for a major contest? So EVERYONE can have a chance. Both new and experienced writers have won our contests. Visit the website for results of our previous fiction contests. Website:...

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8 Apps Every Writer Should Have

If you’re tired of your Moleskine and think that Microsoft Word is for laughable tech dinosaurs, consider going mobile with your writing. With non-verbal communication becoming the norm in today’s fast-paced, tech-forward world, there are many new tools designed to help you get the most out of your writing time, and, indeed, your words. If you’re struck with inspiration when you’re on the go, at least one of these eight essential apps should be available at your fingertips. Beware, wannabe writers! Once you’ve downloaded any or all of these tools, you’ll have less of an excuse to say that you “just can’t find the time” to write. For professionals and amateurs alike, these eight mobile-friendly writing apps are great assets to your toolkit.  Visit the website for more info:...

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