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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Let's Hear It For Writing Contests

How do you feel about  writing contests? Our local writers'group, North East Texas Writers Organization (NETWO for short), is holding a contest especially for writers who are teens...and it's free with prizes. You can find out more about it on our website: www.netwo.org.

We'll also be once again sponsoring a a short story contest in conjunction with our yearly conference held in April. Named to honor a member who gave so much to those of us following, the information about the Jory Sherman Short Story Contest is also on the website.

I'm a longtime subscriber to C. Hope Clark's excellent newsletter, Funds For Writers http://www.fundsforwriters.com/. Here are a couple contest she reported in last week's issue. I think you can use Paypal to pay the entry fees.

ENTRY FEE £2 (OR FREE TO MEMBERS).1st Prize: £260. 2nd Prize: £195. Deadline February 10, 2015. You have just 65 words or less including the title to write a complete story. It's a tough one, but you can do it,and we look forward to receiving your submissions. You must use the photo published online.

£3 ENTRY FEE (FREE TO MEMBERS).1st Prize: £195. 2nd Prize: £150. 3rd Prize: £100. Deadline February 28, 2015. Using the photo for inspiration, you have just 1,000 words (including the title) to write a complete story that captures the imagination of the reader. To be in with a chance of winning this writing competition, you must include the park bench in your story.

If you've never been confident enough to enter a writing contest,let me encourage you to take that step. I find the undertaking stimulating and the endeavor to write something to enter challenging. It makes me stretch my writing muscles.

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