I’m impressed by how well so many of you articulated your driving need to write. I asked you to dig deep, and you brought it. All of you reinforced the notion that writing is a part of who we are. It’s breath. I’m honored that you shared your thoughts here.
I stared all weekend, stuck on a large handful of great entries – some of which were exactly 100 words – but, in the immortal words of the Highlander, there can be only one. So, without further ado, the winner of Literary Bits’ first-ever writing contest is:
I write to share the love that freed me from the darkness that choked the life out of me for the first three decades of my life. I write to decimate the stigma of mental illness so that others might recognize their need for help and get it. I write to reach my brothers and sisters who are lost, depressed, addicted, and on the verge of self destruction. I write because the thought of someone feeling alone and beyond recovery keeps me up at night, and my passion is to share the hope I’ve found with everyone who needs it.
Congratulations, Lori Lara. To claim your Extra Large Classic Moleskine notebook, send me an email with shipping instructions at juliaannweston(at)gmail(dot)com, or send me a message via my Contact page.
To everyone who participated, thank you. It pains me that not everyone could win, but my hope here is to choose contest topics and activities that will challenge you, and in some small way encourage you to move forward as a writer.
Again, congrats to Lori Lara, and a heartfelt thanks to all who entered.