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Contest Update

Hey all! Due to the overwhelming response to the contest, I’ve been a bit snowed under in terms of narrowing down entries and picking winners. However, I have it down to a small group of great entries right now. I will post the first winner of the contest, the Honorable Mention, on Monday, March 1st. I will then post the 3rd Place Winner on Wednesday, March 3rd, the 2nd Place Winner on Friday, March 5th, the First Place Winner on Monday, March 8th and the Grand Prize Winner on Wednesday, March 10th!

Thank you for your patience and I think this is going to be a great round of winners. Stay tuned…


  1. Lynn Rush’s avatar

    Awesome. Can’t wait to find out who the winners are. Hope you found some gems in there, Mary!

  2. Kirk Kraft’s avatar

    Awesome, Mary. I am really looking forward to reading each winner’s entry.

  3. Mary’s avatar

    Mary, thank you for having the contest. I’m excited to read the winning entries. Good luck everyone!

  4. Marybk’s avatar

    Just looked at the calendar, and I can’t believe March 1st is next week.

    What a fun contest–great for those of us who struggle with beginnings.

    I’m anxious to read the winners and your commentary.

  5. mstruitt’s avatar

    Thanks for taking the time to run this contest!

  6. Tara McClendon’s avatar

    Thanks for the update. Now I can stop checking every five minutes. :]

  7. ChristaCarol’s avatar

    How exciting! Thanks for taking the extra time to hold a contest, I can only imagine how crazy busy it makes life. And I’m with Tara 😉

  8. melodycolleen’s avatar

    Ditto here on all the thanks for the great opportunity.

    And now I, too, can get back to working on something.

  9. Mary Danielson’s avatar

    Hooray! I can’t wait to see these awesome pages. Thanks again for holding this, Mary. It sounds like you definitely had your work cut out for your going through entries.

    I’m also with Tara & Christa – now I can stop stalking the contest post! But what will I do to procrastinate now? 😉

  10. Franziska Green’s avatar

    While everyone waits (I’m waiting too despite not having entered!), who feels like sharing their thoughts on patience? Here’s my favorite quote:

    All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope.
    Alexandre Dumas Père

    Based on that quote, I’m severely lacking in wisdom.

  11. Joyce Hostetter’s avatar

    Torture! ; )

    I can only imagine how much work this is for you. Thanks and looking forward to reading the winning entries.

  12. Candy’s avatar

    How about this one:

    Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
    Harriet Tubman

  13. Mary’s avatar

    I been walking the streets at night -just trying to get it right. It’s hard to see with so many around but I know I don’t like being stuck in the ground. The streets don’t change but maybe the names… – “Patience” by Guns & Roses

    Sorry, it’s all I could come up with. What’s the next line? I ain’t got time for these games? I need to be on that Singing Bee show.

  14. Jen Steffen’s avatar

    I am very excited to see the outcome. And yeah, I’ve been checking back several times today. Now I, too, can back to something else. (:

    Thanks, Mary, for holding this way cool opportunity.

  15. Danyelle Leafty’s avatar

    Excellent! Thank you for hosting the contest and good luck!

  16. Jone’s avatar

    Thank you Mary! Appreciated the update and the schedule. Can’t wait to see who has won.

  17. Don Cummer’s avatar

    Mary, your post made me chuckle this morning. You are so good at marketing this contest and keeping us all together, hanging on in suspense. I’ve no doubt that’s a skill you bring to your lucky clients and your publishing contacts.

    And, yeah… it’s going to be very cool to read the winning entries over the next coupe of weeks. We’re getting to know one another from these postings. I’m looking forward to see what kinds of thngs the winners write!

  18. Henryp’s avatar

    I love the way you’re going to stretch out the tension! It’ll be like a TV talent show. Do you have a drum roll ready?

  19. Mary Ann Duke’s avatar

    It’s almost like waiting for Santa to come. :>)


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