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The Four Paws for Noah Writing Competitions were a labor of love by many. Hosts, judges and many others invested time and money into seeing this competition be a success. I am deeply grateful for the level of compassion offered to my family. Writing competitions are time-consuming to run, publicize and judge. The donations made in those areas are incalculable. However, you need a number and I have one I would love to share. The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Contest and the Able in This Diverse Universe Essay Competition raised

I am excited to announce that the Able in This Diverse Universe Essay competition has come to an end. Winners were chosen and notified last week with their prizes mailed on Friday. Karrie Higgins has written a comprehensive post on the winning essays and why they were chosen. Please visit her site using this link to learn more. Here, I will give you names and titles as well as links to the published pieces. Please note there were no second and third prizes until Shareen Mansfield from Open Thought Vortex

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Writing Competition was pioneered by Charli Mills and the Rough Writers, a fearsome band of a buckaroos who ride by their own rules and write with style. I reached out to Charli many months yon to ask if she might help me birth a dream for our family: to raise money for Noah and his service dog, Appa. Her immediate response was “Yes!” and she rallied her Writers. Geoff Le Pard, Pat Cummings, Norah Colvin and Sarah Brentyn saddled up as judges for this competition.

Friends, Some exciting news! The judges of (De)Caffeinated confessions and I put our heads together and thought up a few ways to make this competition more user friendly. I’m squeeing over what we came up with. This writing competition is now: open genre open longer (until Feb. 14, 2016 to be exact) open topic as long as it’s funny and 2,000 words or fewer and has a lower submission fee I have been reading submissions to one of the other competitions and crying my ever-loving eyeballs out. I NEED you

Yes, you read that right. The Four Paws for Noah Writing Competitions have received a #Write2TheEnd workshop donation valued at $495, and you can win this grand prize just for participating in one (or all) of the competitions. In fact, every submission gains you another entry in this lottery. Keep that in mind as you read the prize details from dynamic #Write2TheEnd teaching duo Kim Jorgensen Gane and Ami Hendrickson. We are offering admittance to our #Write2TheEnd 2016 Summer Session. Precise timing is TBD, but the course will likely begin right after

Yes, you read that right. The Four Paws for Noah Writing Competitions have received a #Write2TheEnd workshop donation valued at $495, and you can win this grand prize just for participating in one (or all) of the competitions. In fact, every submission gains you another entry in this lottery. Keep that in mind as you read the prize details from dynamic #Write2TheEnd teaching duo Kim Jorgensen Gane and Ami Hendrickson. We are offering admittance to our #Write2TheEnd 2016 Summer Session. Precise timing is TBD, but the course will likely begin right after

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Competition is well underway. This rodeo is being hosted by Lead Buckaroo Charli Mills. Charli is a bonafide word wrangler who can tell a story as well as she can tie up a goat and she has the awards to prove it. She keeps herself busy with weekly Flash Fiction Challenges she rounds up into compellingly curated compilations. She, along with a handful of Rough Writers will be wrasslin’ your submissions to see which one comes away with the buckle . . . ahem . . .

That’s right! Four Paws for Noah has a third writing competition under its banner and it goes live today. This contest is for nonfiction essays focusing on ableism, disability, access and overcoming. Noah has faced all these themes in his daily life. You can read more about the how and why of this competition on the Submittable page. I hope you will submit your work. Voices are needed on these issues. This is an opportunity to share yours. First place walks away with a cash prize of $250. As an

The main reason I decide to submit my work to writing competitions (aside from that prize potential) is admiration for the judges. There’s plenty of that happening with this competition. So much, in fact, I’m bummed to be coordinating the contest and thereby unable to enter. That limit most likely does not apply to you, so have a seat, pick up your (de)caffeinated beverage, and let me introduce you to my friends. Shareen Mansfield wears her heart like a sweater. When you need a friend, she’s there. When I think

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