Monday, May 14, 2012

Sowing Seeds to Succeed

This spring, my writing career has blossomed because of writing seeds I planted in the cold, dark days of winter. 

One of my goals at the beginning of the year was to expand my horizions by submitting to more publications and entering more contests. I'm happy to announce that my plan has already begun to come to fruition.

On January 12, I entered an essay in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition.

On March 1, I received a call from Debe Dockins of the Centerville Library in Ohio informing me I'd won first place in the Global Humor Category. 

This photo was taken at the April 18 Erma Celebration.

From left are: Debe Dockins, Contest Coordinator from the library; Christina Cahall, First place winner, human interest, local; Tracy Beckerman, syndicated humor columnist and guest speaker; Donna Volkenannt (me), First place winner, humor, global; and Gina Sandoval, First place winner, humor, local. Winners received cash awards, the winning essays were published on the library's website, and the winners were honored guests at the Erma Bombeck Workshop at the University of Dayton, April 19-22.


Back to my 2012 Goals: On January 15, I submitted two nonfiction pieces to the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild Well Versed Anthology Contest. In March, I received notification that I'd won first place and an honorable mention in the nonfiction category of the contest.

On May 6, 2012, the 2012 Well Versed anthology was launched in Columbia, MO.

The photo on the left is Judy Stock, president of the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild; Linda Fisher, editor of Well Versed 2012; and Donna Volkenannt (me), first place winner in the nonfiction category.

During the launch, more than a dozen readers shared their poems, essays, and short stories with those present. The afternoon flew by, filled with friendship and food and fun.

Lou Turner and Marcia Gaye drove to Columbia with me. Two of Marcia's poems won in the poetry category, and she had a total of four poems included in the anthology.

Here's Marcia reading one of her poems.

Critique buddy Alice Muschany also won two prizes in the nonfiction category, both of her essays are included in the anthology. Alice couldn't make the trip to Columbia, but I was able to pick up her certificates and prize money.

I hope this post and these photos can inspire some of my blogging buddies to write, submit, and enter more.

Who knows? The story, essay, or poem you are writing today could blossom into a beautiful flower later this year.

19 comments:

  1. Well done, Donna! :)

    Your post reminds me of today's Motivational Monday quote over at my blog - about how the things you do, the works you create, today might be the future award-winners or bestsellers or someone's favorite book/song/painting/etc tomorrow.

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    1. Hi Madeline,
      We must be on the same wave length this morning. I just read the inspiring quote and post on your blog.
      Happy Monday!
      Donna

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  2. Donna, you're certainly fullfilling your bucket list (goals). Saw photos online of the large turnout at the Well Versed 2012 reading. Sorry I couldn't make it but thanks for mentioning my winnings. Congratulations on all your wins. Hope you're busy submitting more stories.

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  3. Good for you, Donna! And thanks for the little nip at my heels to get to producing more! I am thinking...need some doing....

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  4. Greatly enjoyed going to Columbia for the launch, and meeting folks whose names I knew but now have faces and hugs to match!
    Entering contests is fun for me, because it leads to experiences like this.

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  5. Hi Alice,
    Thanks. I appreciate your edits on the stories I submit.

    Hi Bookie (Claudia),
    You are welcome. Hope the nips at the heels don't hurt much. ;-)

    Hi Marcia,
    It was fun, wasn 't it?

    Donna

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  6. Donna, I am happy for all of your success, and you are right, persistence pays off.

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    1. Hi Linda,
      Thanks. It really does pay off!
      Donna

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  7. Donna--It sounds like you have many bushes full of blossoms. Congratulations on your stick-to-it attitude. Slow and steady (never giving up) wins the race...and the publication credits.

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    1. Hi Sioux,
      You too. This year has been a good one for you.
      Donna

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  8. Sounds like you're on track for a record harvest! Way to go!

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  9. You are so right. Without submissions, there will be no successes!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  10. Congratulations for all the well-deserved triumphs! Cheering you on, Donna!

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    1. Thanks, Clara. Hope all is well in your part of the world.
      Donna

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  11. Good for you Donna - I need to follow your example!

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