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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.

A fracture in the egg’s shell allowed the white to push out as it boiled. A look and I think, “This is my brain today.” My head is a pressure cooker trying to seal off it’s own leak. Really, that’s my brain every day. I chew my fingernails down to the quick, blue polish and all. My fingers are stubby and ugly. I hold the egg in one palm, trying to match the fracture with my life line, but hot water spills from the shell before I can. It burns.

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

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 . . .

I’m extremely humbled by the hosts of the Four Paws for Noah writing competitions. Charli Mills and Shareen Mansfield each agreed to host her own benefit writing competition to help my son Noah gain the necessary dollars for his Autism service dog. I keep typing and deleting because I truly can’t express how amazing it feels to be the recipient of this type of support. But Charli and Shareen aren’t the only helpers. These competitions have volunteer judges and prize donors. I plan to profile these do-gooders throughout the course of

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