Friday, November 02, 2007

November's Write-Away Contest

Thanksgiving TurkeyWe don't have snow yet but 2007 is nearly gone, something about coming to the close of a year and looking back at what I've accomplished, how I've changed or how I've stayed the same makes me feel the pull of gratitude. Not surprisingly, this month's writing theme will be on thankfulness but I'm going to be a bit more specific than that, the topic is: "My life is different because of . . ."

This doesn't mean this must be your title or that you have to start your post out with those words, it's more to get you thinking about something that made a difference in your life. It could be a person, an event, an opportunity, a lesson learned, but I'd like to hear about something that changed you or your surroundings in always-to-be-remembered way.

If you'd like to participate here are the rules:

1. Write a post or find one in your archives on the topic, "My life is different because of . . ." and email your post's permalink to me at: scribbit at gmail.com any time through Wednesday November 21st. If you fail to meet the November 21st deadline I will still happily publish the link to your post and include it in the list of entries but it will not be judged. I reserve the right to reject submissions if they fail to meet the topic or if they contain objectionable content.

I always respond to each submission once I have received it, just to let you know I've got it but I've had terrible trouble lately with gmail throwing legitimate mail into my spam box. I'm sifting through it daily (and let me tell you how pleasant that is) to make sure I don't miss anything, but just to be sure please look for my responding email to know that I have received your entry.

2. Publish a link to the contest page here at Scribbit in either your entry post or in a separate post.

3. Check back here on Friday November 23rd when I will post a complete list of the entries along with the Write-Away Winner and any honorable mentions our judge sees fit to award.

Our guest judge this month is Lucy from An Ordinary Mom who is one of my best blogging friends and will judge the entries based on the quality of writing, the applicability to the topic and the overall ability to engage the reader--for which I'm eternally grateful.

The prize you're writing for is a genuine, custom-made handbag. This seemed to be popular before and as I can't seem to give these things away that's exactly what I'm going to do. The picture and details are posted at my Etsy shop here.

But besides this the winner and all runners-up or honorable mentions (I leave that up to the judge to award them) will also get to take home this attractive Write-Away Winner button which he or she may display in their sidebar if they wish.

Write-Away Contest WinnerGood luck, I look forward to reading your entries.

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21 comments:

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Oh, I love this theme! I can't wait to read the entries, and I am really, really going to try to put an entry together myself this time.

online magazine said...

My life could become different because I just read this article...!

Gloria said...

What a coincidence. I've been meaning to write about this very topic while I was eating lunch. Except mine was "what changed me". Haha.

Ah, this time I am so in.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I sat staring at the topic thinking, "I don't think I have anything to write that is worth submitting." Then a light went on and now I'm all excited!

Thea said...

I think I might have to try it this month...

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

hi M:
i have never been the same since the turning point week of my life in may 2005 when i became converted to the Gospel. i will forever look at my life as BEFORE that week and SINCE that week. i wrote about this life changing experience and priceless gift in my 21apr2007 post.

blessings this day,
kathleen

http://sogratefultobemormon.blogspot.com/2007/04/my-conversion-story-and-thank-you.html

An Ordinary Mom said...

"best blogging friends" ... I am honored!

I am excited to read all the entires you get!

luckyzmom said...

Whoa! Thought provoking.

Danielle said...

This is a great writing contest. It certainly gets the brain cells working.

I may have to participate.

Wishing you well, as always.

Danielle

Linda said...

Sounds really fun; I might give it a go.

Rani said...

Here is my entry.

After completing chemotherapy for Hodgkins, we became preganant with #3. Addison was born on 10/25/07 at 7 am. Praise the Lord!

http://fulltimemommy.blogspot.com/2007/04/speaking-of-new-life.html

Ter said...

I'm going to try this write-away. I found your blog via 5 min. for mom. What a great idea! :)

Donetta said...

http://jewelryatalifeuncommon.blogspot.com/2007/11/november-write-away-contest-due-wen.html

I have completed my post. Wow That was awesome. I am shaking. I love it when you get to that place where the key board is like a musical instrument to be played. I had a ball doing my post!
Thank you for the fun!

Lei said...

What a great time of year to think about what's made an impact on your life. Love this subject!

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

I emailed you but thought I would put the link here too as I know that gmail has a tendency to throw my yahoo mail in the bulk folder.


http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2007/11/i-ain-what-i-used-to-be.html

Christine said...

This prompt really inspired me, and I had some fun with 13 Things I am Thankful for....It made a great theme for a TT!

http://arewethereyetmom.com/?p=452

Summer said...

Alrighty, I just emailed you my entry!

Mrs Mecomber said...

Wow, I clicked on the link to see the handbag and I am impressed! I'm not a handbag gal but that is gorgeous!

This is a nice topic for this time of year. :)

Jacki said...

This is a fun contest....thanks! I've sent in my entry.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I've submitted mine and seriously can't wait to read the other entries!

Steph

Me and Them said...

I got mine in, but forgot to leave a comment. I'm excited to read these posts.
Thanks for doing this, Michelle!
--Sonja