Contest #1: As promised, today I'm announcing the name of the winner of the "Julie's Gift" contest, with a copy of A Cup of Comfort for Women as the prize. I received entries from several states including Missouri, Oklahoma, and New York. I guess you could say the winner in the contest did OK, because the name selected was Patricia Haynes from Tulsa, OK. Congratulations, Patricia. I will mail your book next week.
Contest #2: If you didn't win this go around, be sure to watch Monday's post, where I will announce another contest to win a copy of A Cup of Comfort for Christmas, which includes "Santa Wore Cowboy Boots," a true story about my son Erik.
Contest #3: Here's a contest for all you poets. The Saturday Writers chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild has just announced its 7th Annual One-Page Poem Contest. Visit the website for complete details, which include the following submission guidelines:
1) Any style, any subject, any form. Wow us in one page. (One poem per single-spaced page.)
2) No identification should appear on the entry. Attach a separate coversheet with title, name, address, e-mail, and phone number.
3) Two copies of each entry! (Each judge needs a copy.)
4) Entry fee: $5 per poem, maximum of three entries.
5) Poems must be unpublished at the time of submission, original work of the contestant.
6) Deadline: March 16, 2009 postmark.
7) Prizes: 1st place - $100, 2nd place - $50, 3rd place - $25. Top 10 entries receive a certificate.
8) Winners will be announced on the website by April 30, 2009. Certificates and cash prizes will be mailed in early May.
9) Mail entries flat, not folded, to:
Saturday Writers One-page Poem Contest Coordinator
2731 Cumberland Landing
St. Charles, MO 63303
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT send by certified mail!
10) Checks payable to: Saturday Writers.
Contest is open to everyone--members of Saturday Writers and non-members. Prize winners and honorable mention recipients (top ten only) may be given the opportunity to have their stories included (one time rights) in the Saturday Writers literary collection, published the following year.
For a list of winners, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Or check the website after April 30: http://www.saturdaywriters.org/.
Decision of judges is final. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Poems will not be returned. Any submission paid for by a check which is returned by the bank will be immediately disqualified.
So, there you have it. You don't need to fight traffic or stand in line to find bargains--you can find some great writing bargains right here.
Good luck, have a great weekend, and take time to write.