Contests Motivate

Contests Motivate

Find Your Writing Niche:

Enter my Contest

Many people avoid entering contests for fear of not winning. Bury that attitude for several reasons: 1)You learn to write on deadline. 2)You learn to follow instructions. 3)It can motivate you to write every day. 4)It can motivate you to submit a story to an editor. 5)You have a chance to win. Enter my contest. The rules are simple: 1)Sign up to receive my blog in your email. 2)Write a dynamic comment about the post in the least number of words. The first post to qualify in the contest will appear Aug. 28 in my “Women and Adversity” blog. Bestselling historical romance writer Katharine Ashe answered questions about overcoming obstacles as a writer and offered to send a signed copy of “I Married the Duke” to the lucky winner. This is an opportunity for writers to accept the challenge themselves and pen a meaningful few words. The contest closes at midnight Sept. 3, and I hope to post the winner’s name and entry Sept. 11. Good luck. Jo Ann Mathews

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

  1. Joan Leotta says:

    Contests have been very helpful to me, forced me t sharpen my skills. I also use contests to experiment with new areas of writing. Flash fiction is the newest area for me, forcing me to be compact. Have had some success. Also, contests have been a good way to provide a writing prompt to get me started on a topic not in my ordinary view or to utilize a memory or revise an old piece of writing I had not been able to place.

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