We have our winners. This contest was to help us promote the writing contests for the Xulon publishing packages. Our next contest will be to promote and online church that meets the needs of many who cannot attend church so watch for it. Thanks to all who entered.
Our three judges chose:
First Place and a $100 Cash PrizeThe Reluctant Mom
by Toni Hammer
I’m a stay at home Mom who never wanted kids.
My sister had a daughter. My friends started having children. I liked them and all, but was it for me? No. I have a temper so I wouldn’t be good with discipline. I’m independent so having to give up everything I want for someone who can’t even walk didn’t sound like fun. My husband and I had dreams of traveling the States in a motorhome and you can’t do that when you have toddlers in tow. I was too selfish to have children and smart enough to know that.
Then I got pregnant. Three months after giving birth to my daughter, I got pregnant again with my son. It’s funny how God works.
While my life has changed dramatically—my plans converting to His plans—I couldn’t ask for more. Being a stay at home Mom is an honest blessing. I mean that.
It is also an all-consuming job. There’s no leaving work at the office. My home is my office. My kitchen is my office. My bed is my office. My work is everywhere all the time.
This can be overwhelming and intimidating for anyone, let alone someone who never intended on this being their vocation. Up until a few months ago it was all I thought about. What’s for dinner? What needs to be cleaned? Whose laundry needs to be done? Day and night the daily and weekly tasks of my never-ending job were all I thought about.
An afternoon conversation with my mother changed all that. I was telling her of my joys and woes and she said, “You need something else to think about. You need something that’s yours.” She was right; I needed something to look forward to that was solely for me. It couldn’t have any correlation to my kids, my home, or my husband. Something that was all mine. Mine mine mine.
It was a brilliant suggestion, but what was that thing going to be? Sewing, dancing, crafting, curling?
Then I found FaithWriters.
If you’re a Christian writer, as I have now become, I highly encourage you to check out FaithWriters. They have a weekly writing challenge with cash prizes, an amazing community in their forums, writing courses, publisher information and the list goes on. As fabulous as all that is, they are currently having a couple contests. Don’t you want to honor the Lord with the gift He’s given you and
Their big ticket item is a Xulon Best Seller package which includes such awesome amenities as a professional marketing specialist, review of your manuscript, and a custom designed book cover.
Do you have a story that’s been rolling around in the back of your head but you need some motivation to get working on it? They’re giving this publishing package to the best work of fiction submitted before November 30, 2014. Even better, you don’t need to have the whole manuscript complete—just the first chapter and a synopsis of the story. That should make any procrastinator happy.
Perhaps you’re not the novel writing type, but you still want to glorify the Lord with the gift He’s blessed you with. They’re also having a Christian testimony publishing contest. If you have a compelling story of how you came to know the Lord, or how you endured difficult circumstances and came through it with a stronger relationship with Jesus, please check it out. If your story encourages even just one person, doesn’t that make it worth writing?
If the contests aren’t for you, or if you enter and don’t win, please still consider joining FaithWriters. Members get amazing discounts on Xulon packages as well as many other services and, hey, you already started writing—may as well see it through to the end, right?
I truly cannot stress enough how much of a blessing FaithWriters has been to me. In the short time I’ve been a member, my writing has improved, I’ve been encouraged in my walk with the Lord, and I see some budding friendships looming on the horizon. Writing for the Lord is my thing. I finally have a thing.
Platinumhttp://christianmarriedmom.com/the-reluctant-mom/http://www.faithwriters.com/article-det ... ?id=166876
Second Place and a $50 Cash Prize
Hope Rises Again by P.J. Baker
It’s first thing on Saturday morning. The mail arrives: two unpaid bills and an ominous self-addressed envelope. Yet another rejection letter from a publisher. I turn them over while I make a coffee to calm my desperation.
“Lord, help my finances. Guide me to the right publisher. Amen” As the hot water hits the coffee and the aroma rises, I recall the verse:
“May my pray be set before you like incense…” Ps 141 v 2
I imagine the coffee vapour carrying my prayer heavenward into the Father’s hands, and I am comforted.
“Mom, you’ve got mail.” My son waves the letters right in my face. I try, unsuccessfully to hide my grimace.
“What’s the point of even opening it? I know what is says.”
“Hey, I’ll do it.” He opens the envelope and reads out: “Unfortunately, we are unable to publish this time…How manys that now, Mom?”
“Nine. And it’s always the same response. ‘The book is well written but due to an overwhelming number of quality manuscripts we do not currently have the resources to publish yours.’”
“So why not self-publish? Mrs Simon self-published a recipe book online.” Mrs Simon is an elderly neighbour. My son has been helping her use the internet to publish Christian articles and book a holiday online.
I’m ready for the self-publishing question. “You need time, patience and technical ability to format and upload your book. I don’t know how to market it online.”
“But FaithWriters have a Christian writing contest
to win a Xulon publishing package
worth over $4000!”
I rub my eyes and will my brain into action. I may still be half asleep but he seems to be talking a whole different language.
“OK. Please. Slow down and explain for me. What is ‘Zoo-lon?’”
He talks fast and waves his hands around. “Xulon. It’s the biggest Christian publisher of print-on-demand and digital books. They sell publishing packages that include editing, formatting, cover design, ISBN number, listing with major distributers, marketing…”
“Marketing? They’ll market my book too?!” Now I’m excited too.
“So how do I enter?” “If you’re a Christian writer
you can sign up to become a platinum member of FaithWriters, and this includes loads of benefits, like advertising and selling your e-book. Then you can enter the Christian fiction publishing contest
to win a Xulon Best-seller package
later in the year.”
“Wow. OK. So where’s the catch?” “No catch, honestly! Once you’re a FaithWriters member you get also get a discount on Xulon publishing package
s and you can enter the Christian testimony publishing contest
“I’ll sure have a testimony to write about when my book gets published!”
He reaches into his bag. “Here, Mrs Simon brought these back from the Holy Land for you.”
He hands over a box of incense.
For a moment I catch my breath.
Incense! Not only did God hear my prayer, but he cares for me and is guiding me to the right publisher for my work. How great is our God!
I light an incense stick and explain the answered prayer to my son, who becomes even more excited. And for the first time in months, I feel hope rise again.
Membership number: 62789
Gold http://writerpjbaker.blogspot.co.uk/201 ... again.htmlhttp://www.faithwriters.com/article-det ... ?id=167073posting.php?mode=reply&f=92&t=37835#previewOriginal Contest Below Here
Win a Xulon Publishing Package Blog Contest
Note: The prize for this blog contest is not a publishing package. This is a blog contest promoting the fact that we will be awarding three Xulon publishing packages in 2014. This contest has specific prizes listed below. Important
- To enter this contest you must
first go here http://faithwriters.com/christianwritingcontest.html
to learn the guidelines for these contests in general. Please check it out even if you have entered these contests before. Watch the short videos on link building, we have made it super simple. Then you can come back to this forum and get the specifics to enter this contest.
FaithWriters arrangement with Xulon Press and the awarding of three publishing packages and discounts on packages purchased will be a huge benefit to our members and a greatly needed boost for FaithWriters. Ninety eight percent of our members are free members and we could definitely use some more upgraded members to cover costs and enhance our ability. We hope you will see fit to enter this blog contest and help us.
Today we start a contest that will promote FaithWriters.com and the awarding of these three comprehensive publishing packages in 2014. These packages retail at over $4,000 each and two will be awarded to individual Platinum members. One will be awarded to a combination of 50 Platinum and Gold members who will be published in a second Testimony book. You can find the details here http://faithwriters.com/win_a_publishing_package.php
1. 750 words or less
2. Post the article in our regular articles section, this forum and one other location.
3. Use and link three keywords from our list in each article posting with the exception of this forum where it is not required to have working links.
4. Deadline is midnight 2-28-14 Specific Keywords selected for this contest
a) Christian writing contest
b) Win a Xulon publishing package
c) Christian writer
d) Xulon Best Seller package
e) Christian fiction publishing Contest
f) Christian testimony publishing contest
g) Discount on Xulon publishing packages
URL/Page the keywords need to point/link too is - http://faithwriters.com/win_a_publishing_package.php
4. Catchy title, imaginative and unique article that will hold a readers interest and get them to click on one of the links to FaithWriters. Dialogs are great and a lot of fun to write. Read the winner in God Speaks to get a great idea on dialogs viewtopic.php?f=92&t=36826
Review the winning articles in the other contests. They are always listed as the first three articles in closed contests that indicate "Winners Here Now". viewforum.php?f=92
5. Remember, this forum is where you submit your copy for judging by clicking the reply button and posting it. At the end of your article in this forum only, list your name, membership level (silver, gold, platinum), member number and the links to the two other places you posted your article. One of those links will lead to where you posted it in our regular articles and one to another location you posted it in.
6. Questions like - How to create contextual links and where to post my articles and others are answered in the following link. If you have competed in these contests before you will notice there is not a list of pre-linked keywords. This is because it is so simple to link words to a URL in the Regular Articles Rich Text Editor
. Watch the video on linking found on this page - http://faithwriters.com/christianwritingcontest.html
Here is the regular article rich text editor where linking is very easy - http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/submitRTE.php
Best Gold or Platinum member entry: $100.00 cash prize
Second Best Gold or Platinum member entry: $50.00 cash prize
Best Silver entry: One year Gold membership at FaithWriters.
We really hope you will enter this contest and help out FaithWriters get a membership boost that will in the end benefit the members.
God Bless, Mike