Hello loves! I know I owe you all a post about my adventures in Michigan – and I promise it will be here soon. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know about a writing contest hosted by my wonderful friend, author and editor Thornton Sully.
Thorn operates A Word With You Press, a publishing house originally based in Oceanside, California that has developed into an online gathering place for lovers of the written word. AWWYP not only hosts writing contests, but offers professional editing services, coaching, project management and publication, and a variety of workshops and events both online and in cities around the world. I hold a special place in my heart for Thorn and the A Word With You Press family because they gave me my first opportunity to be published – a major dream come true for a fledgling writer!
The contest is called “One-of-a-Kindness” and, well…I’ll let Thorn explain it in his own words:
We are relaunching our site with a brand new contest, and have teamed up with the phenomenal Mary Latham to make it so, as her purpose in life is the same as ours: helping you share your stories. Mary is on a mission to collect stories of goodness and kindness, some by random acts, and some by intention, and so far she has vagabonded her way through half the States over the last 18 months in pursuit of that goal. And her act of kindness? Upon completion of her quest, she will donate her inspirational book where hope is often in short supply: hospital waiting rooms across the America. Wanna be part of that?
The prompt asks for 750 words or less about an act of kindness, generosity, or self sacrifice that reinforced your faith that there is still good in people. With all that’s going on in the world (just turn on the news and you’ll see what I mean), it’s easy to forget that goodness still exists. The story can be fiction or based on real events.
Although originally ending September 20th, the deadline for submissions has been extended to midnight tonight (September 30th). So if you have that story about an act of kindness that you’re just aching to tell, email it to Thorn at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the website here for more details.
And if you’re interested in reading my story about an experience I had during a trip to New York City, you can find it here. Feel free to leave a comment – and don’t forget to spread the love to the other contestants! There are some inspiring stories and they are sure to make your heart glow with a reminder that good is still out there.