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Every month I send out an e-newsletter, and the past two years the January issue of that newsletter has been the “Reader Issue.” In the “Reader Issue,” I publish a poem, short story, creative nonfiction piece, or article from five different people. The past two years my friends, Claire Kaemmerling and Kaitlin Marshburn, have been co-judges to help pick the winning submissions.

The third annual “Reader Issue” writing contest is here, and I am currently accepting submissions. There will be five winners again this year, and each of those five winners will receive a $15 Amazon.com gift card as well as having his/her winning submission published in my January 2015 e-newsletter.

There are a lot of writing contests around, and many of them require you to pay an entry fee. THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE FOR MY WRITING CONTEST, so you have absolutely nothing to lose if you submit a piece.

If you already subscribe to my e-newsletter, then you received the rules for this contest in my July 2014 newsletter (sent out a couple of weeks ago). If you are not a subscriber and would like to be, please visit the homepage of my website, www.angelabaconbooks.com, to submit your email address and sign up. Regardless of whether you subscribe or not, check out the rules for the writing contest below! 🙂

1. I will accept submissions beginning August 15, 2014, through October 15, 2014. If you submit something AFTER October 15, it is not a valid submission and will not be considered for this contest.

2. Whether you are five years old or 105, you are welcome to submit a piece for this contest. There are no age limits.

3. If you were one of the five winners who appeared in the January 2014 newsletter, you must take a year off. However, if you were one of the five winners the first year of the contest (meaning your winning submission appeared in the January 2013 newsletter), you are eligible to enter the contest again this year.

4. I will accept poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and articles for this contest. Whichever category you choose, your submission must be no longer than 4,000 words.

5. When you submit your piece, please send it to angela@angelabaconbooks.com. In the subject of your email, put “Reader Issue.” In the body of your email, list your name; home (or mailing) address; email address; phone number; and the title and category of your work (article, poem, short story, or creative nonfiction) and then provide the work as an attachment.

6. Each person may submit up to two pieces.

7. Before you email me your piece, consider the following:

A. How is the grammar and overall sentence structure of your submission?
B. Did you follow directions regarding how to submit your piece–including your name, address, etc. in the body of the email?
C. Is your submission 4,000 words or fewer? If you’re submitting two pieces, each piece can be up to 4,000 words.
D. Is your submission appropriate? If you would rate it worse than PG, there is a strong possibility that much of my e-newsletter audience (which covers a wide range of ages and belief systems) will be offended, and I most likely will not print it.
E. Is it well-written? Did you spend a significant amount of time on it, or did you just throw it together in a few minutes?
F. Entertainment value–I am looking for something that holds my interest and will make me want to keep reading after the first page (or in the case of a shorter piece, it will make me want to keep reading after the first few lines).

Have any questions? Ask me in the comments below, and I will gladly answer them. The five winners will be notified by email on or before January 1, 2015. I can’t wait to read your submissions, so start working on them and send them in soon! 🙂

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The second annual “Reader Issue” writing contest ended on October 31st, but I wanted to tell you about another writing contest that you should enter. This fall I participated in the WritersWeekly.com 24-Hour Short Story Contest and although I was not one of the winners, I had a great time preparing a finished story in such a short amount of time. For many writing contests, you have to pay to enter, and the 24-Hour Short Story Contest is no different. However, the fee is only $5, which is a great deal compared to the fees for many other writing contests. With this contest, you do not receive the topic until noon Central Time on the designated day of the contest, and then you have until noon Central Time the following day to write, revise, and email in your story.

The 24-Hour contest that I signed up for took place on September 21 and 22, 2013. Here is the topic WritersWeekly.com provided for that particular contest:

She wiped her hands on her apron, peering out the window.
Red and orange leaves hurried by as the cold autumn wind
battered the small cabin. The girl should have been back
from the errand by now. At that moment, she saw the flying,
fiery red braids. The devil’s mark on her right cheek, a
constant reminder, was clearly visible, even at dusk. The
girl, breathless, burst through the wooden door.

“Ma! Come quickly!!”

An awesome detail regarding the topic is that you DO NOT have to quote these topic sentences word-for-word in your story (although you can if you want to do so). The story is merely supposed to incorporate the theme of the sentences somehow–basically, through your writing, you’re trying to show that you really did create your story in the 24 hours provided, rather than using a story you’d prepared ahead of time and then just loosely tying in the topic in some form. Besides assigning a specific topic, WritersWeekly.com also gives you a word count, which varies from contest to contest. For the fall 2013 contest, the word count was 900. I wrote one story, which I seemed unable to edit below approximately 1200 words, and then wrote a second story, which my husband thought was better than the first and was within the word limit. So the story I actually submitted was the second one.

They limit the contest to 500 participants, and they give out three cash prizes ($300, $250, and $200) and 25 honorable mentions, as well as some random winners who receive small prizes. WritersWeekly.com puts on this contest once per quarter, and the next one is coming up in January! Take a look at their website and consider entering this fun contest.

To those of you who entered my “Reader Issue” writing contest: I will notify the winners on or before January 1, 2014. Did you intend to submit something and miss the deadline? Start working now on your entry for my third annual “Reader Issue” writing contest! I will start accepting entries next summer–stay tuned to my website, http://www.angelabaconbooks.com, for details on the guidelines and the official date when I will begin accepting submissions. Thank you to all of you who participated this year!

I have been absolutely horrible about keeping up with blogging lately, and I hope to get back into the swing of things this winter. However, I just wanted to post that TODAY is the last day for you to submit your story/poem/article/creative nonfiction piece for my writing contest! Five people will have their winning submissions printed in my January 2014 e-newsletter and will also receive a $15 Amazon.com gift card. You can see the rules for this contest here: https://thehealthybacon.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/second-annual-reader-issue-contest/. Make sure you submit your piece by 11:59 p.m. TODAY!!!  🙂 Can’t wait to read your work!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I am THRILLED to announce the second annual “Reader Issue” contest! 🙂 Here are the details: Last fall I invited everyone to submit pieces of their own writing (including poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, and articles) for a contest–two judges and I picked five winners, and each winner received a $15 Amazon.com gift card, along with having his/her piece published in my January 2013 e-newsletter. (You can subscribe to my monthly e-newsletter by visiting the homepage of www.angelabaconbooks.com and hovering over the black, white, and red banner that says “Welcome to AngelaBaconBooks.com”–a message will appear that says “Click here to subscribe.”) The judges and I had a ton of fun reading everyone’s entries last year!

The second year of this contest has begun, and I am accepting entries between now and Thursday, October 31, 2013. There will be five winners again this year, and each winner will receive a $15 Amazon.com gift card and will have his/her entry published in my January 2014 e-newsletter. I will notify the winners on or before January 1, 2014. Check out the rules below:

1.   I will accept submissions beginning now through October 31, 2013. If you submit something after that date, it is not a valid submission and will not be considered for the contest.

2.   Whether you are five years old or 105, you are welcome to submit a piece for this contest. There are no age limits.

3.   If you were one of the five winners who appeared in the January 2013 newsletter, you must take a year off. You will be allowed to submit again next year for the third annual “Reader Issue” contest.

4.   I will accept poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and articles for this contest. Whichever category you choose, your submission must be no longer than 5,000 words.

5.  Each person may submit up to two pieces.

6.  When you submit your piece, please send it to angela@angelabaconbooks.com. In the subject of your email, put “Reader Issue.” In the body of the email, list your name; home (or mailing) address; email address; phone number; and the title and category of your work (article, poem, short story, or creative nonfiction) and then provide the work as an attachment.

7.  Before you email me your piece, consider the following: 

A.     How is the grammar and overall sentence structure of your submission?

B.     Did you follow directions regarding how to submit your piece—including your name, address, etc. in the body of the email?

C.     Is your submission 5,000 words or fewer? (If you’re submitting two pieces, each piece can be up to 5,000 words.)

D.     Is your submission appropriate? If you would rate it worse than PG, there is a strong possibility that much of my e-newsletter audience (which covers a wide range of ages and belief systems) will be offended, and I most likely will not print it.

E.      Is it well-written? Did you spend a significant amount of time on it, or did you just throw it together in a few minutes?

           F.      Entertainment value—I am looking for something that holds my interest and will make me want to keep reading after the first page (or in the case of a shorter piece, it will make me want to keep reading after the first few lines).

Have any questions? Email me at angela@angelabaconbooks.com, and I will gladly answer them. 🙂 Can’t wait to read your entries! If you have a blog or website, I’d love it if you’d promote this contest on your site as well! Thanks so much!

This month marks the one-year anniversary of this blog and my website, www.angelabaconbooks.com! In that time, my website has reached almost 6500 hits! Thank you soooo much for all of your support! 🙂 In honor of the anniversary, I am holding a new contest for the book Extreme Couponing by Joni Meyer-Crothers and Beth Adelman. As you may remember, I have recently become interested in couponing, as posted here. This book has excellent advice on how to get started with couponing and gives ideas on using coupons to stretch your budget so you can give back to others. Joni Meyer-Crothers was featured on the TLC show “Extreme Couponing” and mixes in coupon tips with her personal story of what inspired her to start couponing. It has a personal, friendly tone and is easy to understand. You can check out Joni’s website here: www.freetastesgood.com. Sign up for this contest on the homepage of www.angelabaconbooks.com over the next few weeks, and I will draw the winner on Monday, July 15, 2013! The winner will be notified by email. Thank you again so much for your support over this past year! I really appreciate it.

Today is the beginning of a new contest! Killer Colas is an excellent, informative book about the dangers of the ingredients included in pop, energy drinks, Gatorade, and more. It provides insight into why (if you regularly drink liquids other than water) you might be experiencing some of the health problems you are currently facing and how those seemingly small issues can add up to bigger, more serious issues over time. Even some supposedly “healthy” drinks, like meal supplement drinks, are a bad choice when you pick apart the main ingredients listed on their labels. Consuming pop and energy drinks can contribute to Tourette syndrome, hypertension, reproductive problems, kidney stones, and osteoporosis, among MANY other health complications.

This book includes several testimonies of people who were literally addicted to soft drinks and had to wean themselves off. Appleton and Jacobs provide several ways to help you become free of unhealthy beverages (or at least dramatically decrease your intake). Do you know what ingredients like sodium benzoate, bisphenol A, and caramel coloring are REALLY doing to your body? It’s time to find out.

You can sign up for the drawing for this contest on my website, www.angelabaconbooks.com! I will notify the winner by email on September 10, 2012.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PRE-ORDERED ILLEGALLY INNOCENT! I greatly appreciate your support! The ordering option on my website will now be shut down for a few weeks until the printer ships my initial order of books to me, and then I will re-open the ordering feature. If you pre-ordered, you should receive your order by October 15, 2012 (I will ship your book(s) to you as soon as I get them in the mail).

If you haven’t signed up for the Illegally Innocent drawing yet, make sure you do soon! There’s only about a week and a half left until those winners’ names will be drawn.