I’m very excited to announce that one of my blog posts has won a Voice of the Year award. I will be presenting my writing at the #BlogHer16 conference in LA on August 5. After which, I will reshare it, or perhaps post a video of my presentation.
Are you looking for kind and honest feedback on your writing? Do you like writing prompts and cash prizes? Then check this out:
The yeah write super challenge is a six week, three-round competition that will help you stretch your muscles as a writer and storyteller. Each participant will walk away with detailed feedback on their entries, and the winners will walk away with sweet prizes. The more people who enter, the bigger the prizes – so invite your friends!
Great, you’re saying to yourself, but what’s yeah write? Well, yeah write is an online writing community that hosts several weekly writing challenges. I’ve been involved in the group for over 2 years now, both as a contributor and an editor. Submitting to the challenges has provided me with weekly writing inspiration, a solid deadline to meet, and a supportive group of writers who have never let me feel like I was sending my thoughts into the digital ether. Because of the support of this group, I have submitted my writing to contests, magazines, and web sites! And I very much credit yeah write for my successes, so I’m really excited to tell you about the latest way to get involved!
For our first super challenge, we’re calling for nonfiction entries of up to 1,000 words (fictioneers, you’re up next!) written to our specific writing prompt. For those without a blog, don’t worry! Submissions will be accepted via email so no personal website is required. The process is simple: we give you a prompt, and you give us* your best short essay and mostly-true story. The early entry fee is $20 USD until 11:59 pm on June 30, 2016. That means you have one day to sign up for the cheaper rate! From July 1 to 11:59 pm on July 6, the entry fee will be $25 USD. Entry fees go to prizes for winners and maintenance of the yeah write blog site.
We’ve collected more details for you here. Check it out, read the official rules, and start warming up those typing fingers. The yeah write super challenge starts on July 8, and registration is open now!
Please feel free to spread the word if you think anyone you know would be interested in our very first super challenge. We are so excited to get this started! Less than two weeks to go!
*Full disclosure: I’m not a judge in this round. But I will be judging the fiction super challenge coming up in a few months.
When I started this blog, I promised myself I would post at least 2 articles a week until my year anniversary on February 14, 2015, excepting a week’s vacation about midway through. I’m proud to say that so far I’ve been true to my word, and next week, friends, is that week of vacation.
But it’s just a vacation from doodads and gadgetry. A few months ago, I put a set of short stories about my grandparent’s wedding day aside for other things, but I’ve found a nice group of writers who have given me feedback on it. So I plan to rework them paper and pen style, yo, while I’m at the lake. Then I plan to repost the new and improved versions.
And now that I’ve posted it, chances are much more likely I’ll actually do it instead of whiling away my vacation sleeping on random piers and eating Cheez-its and ambrosia salad.
So off I go, see you in a week or so. Until then, enjoy this lovely scene of children getting ready to take a swim.
If you’re on the facebooks, and would like further insights into me brain, please like the new t.r.c. page! It’s pretty thin right now, but I promise exclusive stuff over there soon.
For example, I saw this great play called Buyer & Cellar starring the talented Michael Urie from Ugly Betty all about the imagined retail position at the real mall Barbra Streisand built in her basement. Here’s the Cheesy Poetry I wrote on Sunday:
To see a play
With your sweet bae.
Give it a go,
grab any beau,
take in a show!
So, there’s that to look forward to and, of course, my inevitable Nobel Peace Prize for Literature.
Very excited to talk with Sean of 1984 (For the Love of Pop’s Greatest Year) in a few minutes! If you haven’t checked his blog out yet, do it now. Wax nostalgic about the Thompson Twins, Michael Jackson, the Eurythmics, and Madonna. Even if you weren’t upright in 1984 you still know the works of these artists.
And look for our conversation sometime before June about the iconic Cyndi Lauper song, Time After Time.
I bet you just busted out singing the chorus!