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Spring News & Writing Contest

kcdyer, March 21, 2014
Happy Nowruz! I do believe the ancient Persians were the ones who really got it right. New Year should be celebrated just as spring is upon us -- fresh and bright and filled with new hope. To help inspire you to new words this spring, our annual writing contest is just about to open! April 1st is the day! This is our 22nd contest, and there are NO limits on your springtime creativity. Write to any topic you'd like -- we have four categories for you to enter your work: Storyteller's Award, Poetry, Non-Fiction and Writing For Young People. Full details can be found HERE, but you should know that the prize money is fantastic: $1000 for the winner in each category, $150 for the runners-up. You'll also have your story published in our Writing Anthology, and receive a copy, too. And just in case you think this is just another contest, here's a little news for you. Last year we had a writer enter the contest with 3 separate stories. All three stories made the short lists of their respective...