Meet Your 2012 Writing Contest Judges

When it comes to the writing contest, I rely on volunteer judges to select the finalists and public opinion to choose the first, second and third place winners. Why? Because I’ve come to know a lot of the writers and bloggers who participate in the contest, and there is just no way I could ever impartially evaluate the entries by myself.

So today, I’ve asked the Writers’ Week Writing Contest Judges to introduce themselves to you.

Jenny Bones

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Jenny BI’m Jenny Bones and I have been writing since I was old enough to spell. While the quality of my writing has probably diminished significantly since that time, I’m still just as passionate about the written word. I believe words hold mystical, magical powers and when used correctly, can heal and soothe a world in pain.

Currently earning my daily bread as a copywriter and consultant, I am the resident Word Witch over at Up Your Impact Factor. You can Tweet with me, connect on Facebook or throw freshly-baked cookies at my head. Whatever floats your boat.


Dan Meadows

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watershed-cover-copyHi, I’m Dan Meadows and I’ll be your judge. Over the past 15 years, I’ve been an editor, managing editor, publisher, etc (and I mean etc. They don’t make hat racks big enough for all the ones I’ve worn at one time or another). I signed up for this because I’d thought it’d be cool to judge a writing contest, and I think Emily does damn fine work, so here I am.

I’ve been thinking about what to say, but honestly, with all the hubbub about sockpuppets and reviewing whatnot, the last thing I feel like doing right now is self-promoting in any form. You could Google me, I suppose, I’ve got no way of stopping you, just don’t tell me about it, please. I cringe every time I hear that phrase, always being in reference some some grimy politician. No, thank you, I don’t want to Google Rick Santorum. Eww

I’m just here to read some stories and give my humble opinion. Beyond that, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. I’ll only be judging you.[/box]


Don’t forget to submit your blog entries by September 30, 2012!

Writers’ Week 2012 Writing Contest

writers week writing contestTo kick off Writers’ Week 2012 here on Suess’s Pieces, we’re starting with a friendly writing competition. Like last year’s contest, writers and bloggers will be given a choice of 50 weird writing prompts.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to finish what I’ve started. At the same time, you’ll meet other writers and hopefully find some inspiration for your future projects. The contest is open internationally to writers at any level. (Please note: if you live outside the US, I reserve the right to substitute prizes listed here for prizes of equal value.)

Whether you’re a business writer, a blogger, a high school journalist, a poet or an aspiring novelist, you can and should participate in this writers’ community event.

Writing Contest Prizes

1st Prize:
$100 gift card and a free copy of Scrivener content generation software for writers.

2nd Prize:
$50 gift card and a free copy of Scrivener content generation software for writers.

3rd Prize:
$25 gift card and 50% off Scrivener content generation software for writers.

How to Enter

  • Pick one of the 50 writing prompts below. Start your entry with the words in the prompt, and then just keep going. There is no word minimum or maximum. Works can be fiction or non-fiction, haikus, essays, technical manuals—whatever!
  • Publish your response to the prompt on your blog or website. (Must be your original work.)
  • Include the “official entry” button somewhere in your post by copying and pasting the code below. (Entries without the button do not qualify for prizes.)
  • Link your post using the form below. One official entry per person. (If you don’t link up your entry, the judges will have no way of knowing you’re participating.)
  • Deadline for entries is Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.
  • The top 10 submissions will be selected by the Writers’ Week Judges and announced on October 15, 2012.
  • Online voting for the ten finalists will open on October 15 and end on Monday, October 22 at noon EDT.
  • The top 3 writers at the end of voting will win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes respectively.

Copy and paste the following HTML code into your blog post. The official entry button must appear with a link back to this page for your entry to qualify.

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50 Weird Writing Prompts – 2012 Edition

  1. No one can make me…
  2. The monkeys are out of control…
  3. With the windshield wipers broken…
  4. You can say that again…
  5. “Mommy? What are hog maws?”*
  6. It’s always a fight with…
  7. In hindsight, it was probably a bad idea…
  8. There are 768 pages in Webster’s New World Dictionary. Ask me how I know…
  9. Light bulbs burn out in threes…
  10. Cheryl Murphy was one of those girls…
  11. My boss has a real problem with…
  12. Jeremy Clarkson is…
  13. My boyfriend/girlfriend dumped me when…
  14. The Mars rover was actually my idea…
  15. For a full year, Cooper Hillard….
  16. Inside the notebook were the words…
  17. There was a loud bang, and then…
  18. One, two, three, four…
  19. You just can’t trust a…
  20. It was his last…
  21. There’s a stigma associated with…
  22. I knew I shouldn’t have posted that Facebook status…
  23. It all came down to the last vote…
  24. His dad grabbed him by the shoulders and said…
  25. Reading music is like…
  26. I used to be pretty until…
  27. And that’s when I knew the phone call was coming from someone inside the house…
  28. Jerry could tell you anything about a person just by looking at his…
  29. Please remain calm while…
  30. When I woke up…
  31. The alarm must not be working…
  32. A good story begins with…
  33. It’s a common misconception that…
  34. I’m not…
  35. Thursdays are for…
  36. The second time the sitter was late…
  37. Just let go…
  38. There are only three minutes left until…
  39. The officer tapped on the window…
  40. Jack was pretty sure he had the only dog in the world that couldn’t…
  41. Help! I’m trapped inside…
  42. Throughout history many women have…
  43. Next order of business: saving…
  44. It’s not my fault I grew up watching…
  45. It’s way past your bedtime…
  46. The girl waited…
  47. A person can only…
  48. “Just take me home.”
  49. The streetlights…
  50. With the table set…

Read the Entries

The Food of Love
The Middle of the Sidewalk
You’re Stuck With Me
Just Let Go: Jump Off a Cliff
Blogging Frequency: A guide for blogging introverts
A Good Story
Three Minutes
The Voicebox
After the Fire
Our House is a Very Fine House
Reverse Dietology
The Last Day of Summer
The Gnome Conundrum
The Forgetting
an Excerpt from Finding Agnes
Stupid Mommy
The Unobliging Princess
No One Can Make Me…
Blaze of Violet
There’s a stigma associated with being a Freelancer…Overcome it!
Frying Pans and Fires
No One Can Make Me
Mask of Innocence
Where They Come From
The Farmhouse
The Lemonade Dialogues

*Writing prompt inspired by Jeff Stanger

#BLBC12 Judge: Sulekha Rawat

[stextbox id=”black”]With the Brave Little Blogger Contest (#BLBC12 on Twitter) less than a month away, it’s time to start introducing our volunteer judges. You can learn more about Sulekha in the next Writing Contest Newsletter. Sign Up Now.[/stextbox]

Meet Sulekha Rawat

I WRITE…My life is my Muse and my Muse is my life. I embrace friends and their pain becomes mine, their joys make me happy. I can’t detach myself from those I care about and that hurts me at times, but it’s all an integral part of who I am. I sing off-key, dance with two left feet. Life is interesting and challenging but I wouldn’t have it any other way because, “Life is for living”, is the best advice given by a dear friend.I greatly enjoy movies and music. Books are my passion.I love writing about the Sun, Moon, Sea, Love, Life, heartbreaks, food, clothes…etc. I tweak my writing with humour because a life without some laughs in it is a sad one. Hope to share my stories with you all for a long time to come.

Sulekha’s Website:

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Sulekha on Twitter: @Sulekkha

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#BLBC12 Judge: Kiersi Burkhart

[stextbox id=”black”]With the Brave Little Blogger Contest (#BLBC12 on Twitter) less than a month away, it’s time to start introducing our volunteer judges. You can learn more about Kiersi in the next Writing Contest Newsletter. Sign Up Now.[/stextbox]

Meet Kiersi Burkhart

Kiersi Burkhart

I’m a writer of young adult and middle-grade novels, children’s books, short stories, sci-fi epics, and a lot of other things in between. I also moonlight as a blogger/book reviewer and occasionally, as an illustrator.

With all that out of the way, the real thing you should know about me is that I love to read, but I’m a harsh critic. I guess those things go hand-in-hand: I’ll read everything put in front of me, and I can usually pack away a 400-page novel in a matter of hours, but as a writer–I know good writing and bad writing when I see it, and a poorly-placed adverb can really turn me off.

On the other hand, if I love your work, I’ll love it with every bone in my body.

Kiersi’s Blog:

Kiersi on Twitter: @Kiersi

Kiersi on Facebook:


For More Contest Information

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  • Check out Contest Central
  • Advertise during #BLBC12

Writing Contest Prize Donations

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Last September some very generous prize donors—including Small Business Bonfire, All Freelance Writing, Dreaming Iris Design, The Writers Den, and Inky Clean—partnered with me for Writers’ Week, offering more than $725 in prizes to the Writers’ Week Writing Contest Winners.

If your company would like to support the next writing contest, simply fill out the form below. You will receive an advertising slot on writing event posts through April 2012 and will be given full credit for your contribution on the rules page. (View this page for an example.)

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Sponsor the Next Writing Contest on Suess's Pieces

I’m getting some great info from the writing contest survey, and several readers expressed an interest in advertising their blog or business during the event. Basically, there will be two ways to do this: through the writing contest eNewsletter or in the Suess’s Pieces sidebar.

Purchase an eNewsletter or Sidebar Ad Now

Ad Prices

  • eNewsletter Text – $7
  • Sidebar Text – $10
  • eNewsletter Image (125 x 125) – $20
  • Sidebar Image (125 x 125) – $30

How to Purchase and Ad

  1. Click on the link above and fill out the form.
  2. You will be directed to PayPal to finish your transaction.
  3. That’s it!

Other Important Details

  • Ads will be displayed in a section titled “Sponsors.”
  • Image ads will appear above text ads and will be displayed in the order received.
  • Text ads will appear below any image ads and will be displayed in the order received.
  • The ad form closes on February 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. No purchases will be accepted after this time.
  • Suess’s Pieces sidebar ads will appear in the sidebar for all official event posts published in February, March and April 2012 and will remain on those pages indefinitely.
  • Ads in the eNewsletter will appear in all eNewsletters published in February, March and April 2012. (There will be a minimum of 5 issues)

Although I’ve made every attempt to ensure the form works properly, please let me know if you have trouble making a payment by contacting me at

Thanks for your support!


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March Writing Contest Survey

Did you miss the Writers’ Week Writing Contest? Never fear. I’ve got another contest in the works.

I promise it won’t take you any more than a few seconds to fill out this survey, and answering doesn’t obligate you to actually submit an entry in the contest or serve as a judge. I’m just using the numbers to help me plan.