Announcing Literary Bits first-ever essay writing contest

Enter for a chance to win a Moleskine Classic, Extra Large notebook

essay writing contestThis week marks the end of Literary Bits’ first month.  To all you reader-writers out there:  thank you so very much.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the blog as much as I’ve enjoyed running it.

So let’s celebrate with our first essay writing contest.  We all have a story to tell, we come from all walks of life, but our common thread is the love of word-spinning.  I’ve been not-so-subtly hinting for a while that our first contest would revolve around why we write.    With that in mind, here’s the contest info:

What:  In your best, most succinct writing – and in 100 words or less – tell us why you write.  Dig deep.  Why do you continue to put pen to page and what mark, through your craft, do you hope to make on the world?

How:  Drop your paragraph in the comments below.  I’ve also added a link-up option for those of you who’d rather publish your 100 words on your own blog and then link to them.

When:  You have until 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, April 26 to enter.  That gives me the weekend to read entries and select the winner.

essay writing contestThe Prize:  Winner will receive one Moleskine Classic Extra Large Soft Cover ruled notebook (7.5 x 10).  From the Moleskine website:

The Moleskine Classic Extra Large Soft Cover Ruled Journal has a soft, pliable cover that offers a flexible version of the traditional hard cover notebooks. The most reliable travel, home, or work companion for your drafts, thoughts, sketches, notes … destined to become your analog laptop, your library, your home away from home.

Entries will be judged on writing mechanics (grammar, punctuation, etc.) originality and creativity.   The winner will be announced on Monday, April 29 at about 9:00 a.m. EST.

So start writing!  This is our first contest so, while I have the basics covered, I’m still sort of finding my way.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me directly at juliaannweston(at)gmail(dot)com.  For contest rules, see our official Contest and Giveaway Rules page.  The one thing I would point out is that, at least for now, these contests are limited to residents of the U.S and Canada.

Good luck, and happy writing!

(Oh, and to keep the FTC happy, the fine print:  I did not receive any compensation to host this contest; the prize is sponsored by me.)

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27 Thoughts on “Announcing Literary Bits first-ever essay writing contest

  1. Bookworm. Nerd. Library-lover.
    Those labels have always applied to me, but I love books too much to care.
    Then books became my enemy after reading a couple of series that I just adored. (Twilight and Hunger Games, for the record.) They kept me from making dinner, giving my kids attention, kissing my husband hello.
    And then . . . they were over.
    And I was tired of saying goodbye to characters I loved.
    So I decided to write a book myself, where I’d be able to decide when my characters’ stories ended.
    That’s why I started writing—and now I can’t stop.
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  2. I write because I have to. The ideas are too many and too frequent. If I don’t write them down, I lose them. They’re never seen again. And then what would I tell people I really do with my time?

    I write because I love it. Once I’ve started writing a story it’s like being sucked into the vortex of another’s life. The pen won’t stop until their full story has been told.

    I write because really what else would I do? I guess I could turn to my second love, reading. But to read, someone has to have written.

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    “I write to empty my heart, my mind and my soul of the turbulence inside which ebbs and flows. With my words, I invite others to commune, to share, to connect, to soothe and to be soothed. I write to list my intentions and to perforate the mask which binds my soul. I write to free my heart, to give flight to the wings of happiness which stand caged beyond my reach. I write to encompass this land of ours, with a comforting balm of happiness, to erase the hatred which storms the earth with lightning bursts of terrorism.”
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  5. I write to get my lonely voice heard in the wilderness–it is my way of verbalizing what is important and what is whimsical. Words give shape to feelings, to thoughts, to philosophy. Writing provides a forum for ideas that would never get uttered otherwise–and it provides us with the freedom to be ourselves, to unshutter our closed selves, to share ideas with others. Someone told me the other day that my writing makes her smile. That is why I write.
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  6. I write to tell a story, my story. Writing allows me to make sense of the thoughts and words that dance relentlessly in my head. To show how putting one feeling to paper can take an army of words to express. I write to inspire thought. In writing I wear no masks, I am exposed. With my words I can only hope to awaken the desire of others to look within. My dream is to provide an environment that allows us to slow down and realize we’re not alone. I am a narrator and my story is my life.

  7. I write because.,.
    if I talk, people stop listening eventually.

  8. As a busy mother of nine children, I have always been an oral storyteller but fear blocked any forays into writing. Whenever I started to record our hilarious life on paper, I wrote stilted mummy drivel. It has been barely a year since I have discovered a creative fountain of written words buried deep within me. Suddenly an idea springs up from my inner self, initiating a flow of words, assimilated emotions, reflections and connections that seem to take on a life of their own. This entire process is joyful and life-giving, like writing with my fingers, not my brain.
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  12. oh no! only US residents! prize was not that important 😉 well, you inspired me to write about this anyway. will post on my blog instead.
    Lola recently posted…Spring And UniverseMy Profile

    • :( I’m sorry, Lola. What a bummer. I struggled with this when I was working out whether to hold a contest. Blog-readers span the globe, and I need to find a way to include everyone.

  13. 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.

  14. Dig deep? That’s a tough one. I write to purge my soul, to escape from the demons of PTSD. When I’m in the worlds I create, I get to slip away from my own. Words. Pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, words have been my greatest therapy.

  15. I have an itch which must be scratched and that itch is my need to write. A myriad thoughts and emotions chase one another around my whirling brain, they must be set free and find their place on paper whether virtual in the form of ebooks or good old fashioned hard copy. In short I write because I must.
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  16. Why I Write:
    A voice is speaking inside my head. I know it’s there, but I try to ignore it. I need to work, and as a bookkeeper, listening to stories will not accomplish anything. Someone new is talking. My focus wanders and I cannot help but listen. A scene plays out inside my head, drawing me away from reality. I want to know who these characters are, but I pull away, forcing my mind back to my work. The voice remains, whispering. A story needs to be told, and only I can write it. I need to write it.
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  17. I write because I’m a horribly selfish person! Writing is my escape path where I can be who I want to be, in whatever world I want, and have the adventures I know wouldn’t be possible in real life. Secondly, I write because I want to change the world. I want to inspire people and give them what other books have given me; a new world, characters to fall in love with, to give me hope that magic does exists. I write, because someday I want someone to pick up my book, read, turn the last page, and think “Wow”.

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