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Four Paws for Noah

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.

The Four Paws for Noah writing competitions have ended. I’m very happy to share that we did come out ahead with these. My family is excessively grateful to those who have donated time, money and energy to these fundraisers. I’ll have a total raised once prizes have been awarded. I’m squeeing over the fact that I get to give out prizes. Gifting is in my Top Two, just after breakfast buffets. For me, fundraising doesn’t end here. We still have a year of $500 monthly payments ahead of us along with any

I logged into Facebook the other morning to find my mother had written a few words for her friends after visiting our family for a day. The support feels wonderful. Truly, my mom has been an active help in making Appa’s service training a reality for us. I asked her if I could share her words. She said, “Of course!” Here they are, along with a reminder to please submit to the Four Paws for Noah writing competitions before March 31! “I had the opportunity to see first hand how

Appa is still in training but he is coming home for 3-6 months to bond with his boy. We couldn’t be more excited to connect with our furry companion, especially as Noah has a particularly dour outlook of late. He needs an intervention. Puppy love should do the trick. And we are picking him up TODAY! If you want to celebrate with us, join #LinkYourLife and #LinkYourCompassion on Twitter and Facebook today with the hashtag #DogParty. Because that’s what’s up. It’s a party, friends! You can even buy Appa a

I can’t think of a better post to help me announce that the Four Paws for Noah writing competitions have an extended deadline to give more writers the opportunity to submit. Two of our competitions also have a $10 optional submission fee. We want to read your work just as much as we want this fundraiser to succeed. Submit now through March 31, 2016! Here is a personal essay from my child Gabriel about what it’s like to have Noah as a big brother and why Appa is soooo! necessary

Have you flashed us yet? The first Four Paws for Noah writing competition is coming to a rapid close. Make sure you get your work in before the deadline. Need a refresher? Here are the details: flash fiction piece of 500 words, no more, no less on the theme of a boy and his dog submit as many times as you want all submissions fees benefit Noah and his service dog, Appa winner receives $250 and publication all participants are entered to win a grand prize with an estimated value

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

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