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2015 Poetry and Short Story Competition

Happy Friday creatives! I’m always one for honing your writing & learning skills while following your passions. I love to write and I have no problem writing in several genres. Some genres where my work yielded recognizance and monies over the years included:

Poetry: Winning 2nd & 3rd cash prize and publication in The Illinois Vanderpool Poetry competition.  (defunct)

Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize:  Placed as Quarter Finalist for 2015 and  on their Quarter-Finalist and Semi-Finalist lists for 2016

Placed in a first Short Story finals list in The McDonald’s Short Story Literary Competition judged by actor Terry Crews.  I went in search of this competition recently to find that sadly its defunct.

Short Story selected and published in The Independent Authors Index. My story is titled Technicolor Love.  Look closely, you’ll see the purple cover:)


One of my first personal  short stories  was accepted and published in the book,  When One Door Closes; Reflection for women on life’s turning points. Y’all can check that out on my blog sidebar.

I’ve also entered and won  a cash prize in a best article competition, and in a name that website competition for a women’s organization. I’ve placed in the Women’s Advantage (15 women’s wisdom) Calendar three times where my business quotes were chosen from among 5000 submissions.

My songs entered in the Song of The Year Competition won suggested artist in 2005 and Runner Up in 2012. Over the years, there have been numerous blog guest posts, paid freelance-writing.com articles and feature columns in newspapers and magazines under personal development, health, relationship and celebrity news.

I’m not saying you have to get down like I have in testing the waters of different genres, but my personal advice to writers would be; do not allow your creativity to become staid  and boring. Don’t be that creative in Langston Hughes poem who laments about ” a dream deferred”.

My purpose book for women, Unleash Your Pearls, is finally at the publishers and due for launch sometime in 2016. I’m anxiously waiting to see the cover and to share it with you guys! In the meantime, here’s what I’m working on for submission in my final 2015 competition:





2016 Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize Guidelines

5th Annual Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize

More Writing Opportunities


Wow. Happy Friday, you guys! I hope your weekend shines bright with post Valentine stories of love connections, writing competition story ideas and plenty of profit making opportunities in your creative endeavors. On Tuesday, I checked my emails and was astounded to see nearly 30 new Twitter followers..talk about feeling the love:) Please bear with me as I respond back to you on Twitter.

The spirit of community is an awesome power when used the right way via social media. Thanks to all of you savvy freelancers I’ve connected with on LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter. You guys rock! Now to the business at hand. I’m editing my mirror monologue for competition to send out shortly. You can learn about the women behind this contest here: http://www.themirrormonologues.com/about-us/

Writing for magazines is hard work. Some publishers want copy in AP style whereas others want to assign the topic they want you to write about. The strict guidelines can be a pain in the caboose, in some instances, but, getting that accepted email does wonders for your writing “angst.” I didn’t place in the authenticity women magazine contest, but developed a rapport with the editor.The Authenticity for Winter 2012/13 electronic issue is now available for free download at http://www.AuthenticityforWomen.com.

Critique My Novel blog for writers is having its 2013 Novel Writing Contest. You can find their guidelines here: http://critquemynovel.wordpress.com- there is a fee involved.
Writers Digest is also holding its annual writer’s Digest Competition- fee is involved. You have until May 6th and can download the entry form on the site.

The verdict is still out for my Women On Writing flash fiction submission- their contests run seasonal. I’m also waiting for results from Ladies Home Journal non fiction essay competition. The call is out for book authors & entrepreneurs to share their writing successes with my readers on my revamped clara54’s writers forum! Joe Bunting responded, people… Just saying 🙂

If you haven’t read my interview with Scott Bishop on his memoir, A Soul’s Calling, please take a moment to do that now. Scott is going to become the next New York Times bestselling author ( I know these things) I would love Romance Authors to share snippits of their groovy works with us as well. Wouldn’t you guys?.

Ok, give it up. What are you writers working on?