Spring Contests = Summer Spending

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIs there anything more fun than winning that first place blue ribbon?

Yes, I know that’s not exactly a blue ribbon. But it’s a very pretty, winning blue bow to help us keep our eye on the prize. Which is winning a contest and getting money.

And yes, I know, affirmation is swell, too. But don’t you feel a lot better with cold hard cash in hand? So on to the contests:

1. The Saturday Evening Post Limerick Contest has a new pic up–and no entry fee. All you need to do is write that funny limerick and send it in by June 3rd. It’s a great exercise in meter and rhyme and telling a story. So if you need a break from a big writing project, try this itty-bitty writing project and have a little fun.

2.  The Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest is accepting entries through July 31st. The fees are reasonable, and previous winners are available to read if you’d like an idea of what they’re looking for in a winning entry. And you can send poetry OR a story. And win a nice pay out. I work harder when there’s an entry fee and a nice pay out. And with summertime laziness fast approaching, this could be a great incentive to…well, work.

3.  The Mark Twain Humor Writing Contest has a deadline of June 30th, so you have plenty of time to polish up a submission. I really like this contest because it has a lower entry fee for young writers–and really swell cash prizes. The entry fee is a bit steeper, so expect competition to be tough. But don’t let that fee scare you. I know plenty of funny writers who could win this prize, and keep in mind that they’re looking for your voice, not a work that sounds like Mark Twain. Be your witty self and win.

Finally, I want to give a shout out to Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog that’s packed with writing info and contests and tips and I don’t know what all. I know the banner reads “for children,” but it’s so much more than kidlit. (Like the Dream Quest One and Mark Twain contests I found there!) I’m all about finding those buried writing gems out there in the vast waters of the Internet, and her blog is a sparkly treasure, so give it a look-see.

Then choose a contest now. Maybe by summer, you’ll be waving big bucks in my face.

(And P.S. I’ll send you a blue bow if you win.)

Friday’s Fun Find: A Surprise in the Saturday Evening Post Limerick Contest

You know what I find fun in the Saturday Evening Post Limerick Contest? Being a runner up in the October Limerick contest!

(You have to scroll down a bit–no, no, keep going. Yep, there it is, at the very bottom of the page! Wheee!)

Of course, I realize that’s not as much fun for you as it is for me. But there’s another Saturday Evening Post Limerick contest going on right now, and all you have to do is come up with a clever verse for this lovely cover:

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Shoveling Floral Shop Sidewalk
Illustration by John Falter
February 28, 1948
© SEPS –

You have until February 3rd to get your limerick on. Because you know what’s more fun than writing a limerick for the Saturday Evening Post Limerick Contest?

Winning it.

(Off you go! And a special thank you to writer buddy Debra who let me know about this lovely surprise!)

Today, We Write.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you all about the book signing. In fact, I feel an epic “What Not To Do Wednesday” post brewing.

But today is the first day of October. October already! So today, today, we write.

And I have the perfect exercise for you. One of those exercises where excuses won’t work. ‘Cause what I have for you is the Saturday Evening Post Limerick Contest.

1. You have a prompt:

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(Bobbing for Apples, by John Hyde Phillips. 1943)

2. And you only need a five-line story, with a beginning, middle and end.

3. Then paste it into the online form.

There’s no need to spend days on this limerick. (You only have till October 3rd, anyway.) But here’s a great exercise to get you thinking about plot. And then you must use your craft to create a five-line rhyme that fits the construct. Take an hour and pump up those brain cells.

‘Cause it’s October already! And today, we write!