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"Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing." – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (AMP)
It's always nice to be complimented, isn't it? Especially on something we are passionate about. Like our faith…our family…or our writing. The Weekly Writing Challenge offers a wonderful way to encourage others. As Christians, even when pointing out ways for others to improve, we are to do it in a constructive way, to build up and inspire them in their gift. Yes, there are times when we need to tell someone the hard truth. And sometimes the truth hurts. But we should always be considerate and kind, being careful not to damage their spirit in the process. It's a fine line that isn't always easy to discern. That said, a positive word is always in order, so look for opportunities to offer praise and encouragement every day.
Be sure to read the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of this newsletter to see what your fellow members have to say about the nicest compliment they've ever received about their writing.
ANNOUNCING THE 2012 BEST OF THE BEST WINNERS!
Speaking of compliments, what better compliment than being named the Best of the Best? And that's what we call the winner of the annual Writing Challenge Best of the Best contest. All 36 of the past year's 1st place Editor's Choice entries were rated and judged for the title of the very best (affectionately known as BoB). As always, there was stiff competition. So much talent here at FaithWriters! But one entry stood out above all the rest. For her extremely creative entry, UPLOAD COMPLETE (Upload/Download topic), the 1st place winner is….
Woo-hoo!! We couldn't be more thrilled for Allison! Not only does she get to wear the Best of the Best crown for the next year, but she also walks away with $300 cash!
Read Allison's winning entry here: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=82&sid=00e892b7a1ded54f99ef4e135e0c95c2
Congratulations are also in order for the two runners up in the Best of the Best contest. And they are…
2nd place – MARITA THELANDER for her entry, Hail Mary (This Side of Paradise topic): http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-previous.php?id=40226
3rd place – LINDA GERMAIN for her entry, Who Was that Scary Man? (Encouragement topic): http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-editors-previous.php?id=41943
Marita and Linda will be awarded $100 and $75, respectively.
Congratulations to all three of these talented ladies. Please join us on the message boards to leave your message of congratulations! (http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=82&sid=00e892b7a1ded54f99ef4e135e0c95c2)
YOU could be the next Best of the Best winner! There's only one catch… you have to enter the Challenge! For complete rules, regulations, and guidelines, visit the Main Challenge Page: http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
ALL MEMBERS - BLOGGING CONTEST FOR PAID WRITING OPPORTUNITIES
So have you heard about this awesome opportunity? This contest is open to any level (Silver, Gold, and Platinum), and gives you a chance to not only blog about excellent ministries that are spreading the gospel, but also to win great prizes, including paid writing opportunities! If you have never blogged, please don't be afraid. You simply write and article following the contest instructions and post it. The first blogging opportunity is with The Pocket Testament League (http://www.ptl.org/). There is a minimum of $325.00 in prizes for this one contest. Plus the winners would have a great opportunity to impress the Pocket Testament League with their articles and earn the right to more work.
Just think, you get to hone your craft with a topic and a deadline, you get exposure, you promote a solid Biblical ministry promoting Jesus and build treasure in heaven. If that is all you get you have already won. But you also have the chance for a paycheck in this world and the chance to earn more work from the Pocket Testament League. This is a win, win situation and Mike needs your help. We can get many of these opportunities if we have enough involvement. Please get involved.
The DEADLINE for your entry is July 7th at 10am so check this out now.
For further clarification, and full details, visit this FaithWriters Forum, where everything is spelled out for you, and you can get your questions answered. http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=92
This is the first of many article/blog contests with paid writing opportunities or cash prizes. We have other ministries waiting in the wings. We hope to hold an average of one contest every three weeks and more if the interest is there.. Best wishes to all who participate!
The Challenge books are about to be re-launched! The newest book, titled "Simple Pleasures" will be released in late August/early September, so watch for the announcement, coming soon! After that, the books should be coming at a fairly quick pace, so if you are one of the authors who placed in the Weekly Writing Challenge top 10 in the past several years, it won't be long before you see your story in print! For those of you who will be included in the books, please note that although you may have signed a release for FaithWriters, you will also be contacted and asked to sign a release with Breath of Fresh Air Press for each book you are in.
For complete details on how The Challenge works, or to submit your entry, visit the Main Challenge Page: http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
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This is a great place to catch a glimpse of who visits FaithWriters from around the world. You can see people that are live on our site and the thousands of locations around the world who have visited. All in living color on a live global map. It makes you realize that this is a worldwide ministry and may make you think the next time you write something. Stop by and check it out and take a few moments to say a short prayer. You can even post your prayer and we hope you will. Go here and scroll to the bottom - http://www.faithwriters.com/whats-new.php .
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, members were asked the following question:
WHAT IS THE NICEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE RECEIVED ABOUT YOUR WRITING?
Here are a few of the responses received:
"I wrote a play that was performed a few months ago. Members of the cast said, 'This should go touring.' Oh, wow!" -Sandra Fernando
"You should be a writer." - Jan Chapman
"I felt every emotion and this will continue to touch a lot of people. You write from your heart...and that is where God is." - Susan Allen
"The nicest compliment I've ever received came as a result of an article I wrote that was published in a local magazine. The article talked about a children's home on Warm Springs Avenue and how 'harsh' life was for the unwanted and unloved orphans who lived there. A woman saw my article and said, 'It inspired me and my husband so much that we've decided to adopt a child!'" - Leona Campbell
"I sent a few pages to a published author for a critique. This was part of the reply:
'I just skimmed your pages a minute ago, and I'm in awe of you. You're very, very talented. You're a writer, absolutely! I'm overjoyed. 99% of the time, the pages sent to me by aspiring writers are not good, and then I have to be frank and hurt feelings. But you rock!'"- Christina Banks
"Upon hearing that I'd chosen social work as a major and career pursuit, an English instructor during my community college days said, 'Naw . . . be a writer.' For me, that was a sign my writing was not too shabby. The memory sticks out vividly in my mind more than a dozen years later." – Melinda Gregory
"My favorite comment was: 'Thank you, your story inspired me to let Jesus into my life. I am now a child of God!'" – Patsy
NEXT MONTH'S QUESTION:
WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE FICTION BOOK YOU'VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR?
Send your 1-2 sentence response to FaithWriters.firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back next month to see if your answer was selected to appear.
WE APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH AND WISH YOU A WONDERFUL JULY! KEEP WRITING FOR THE KINGDOM!