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Rules and Dates for the 5 Writing Contests

Writing Contest

All of the Writing Contests are based on relationship events. Each Contest will have a prize and will be judged by different groups of judges. The stories must be true, but each writer is allowed to submit a story for each contest, embellish the story with creativity and/or humor. The writer does not have to be one of the persons in the relationship; the writer is the primary storyteller.

Contests and due dates:

  1. How We Met – Must be submitted by May 15th, 2009
  2. The Ceremony and the Celebration – Due date May 15th, 2009
  3. The Divorce Story – Due Date June 1, 2009
  4. Our Secret for Staying Together. (This is about folks who have been together for more than 25 years.) – Due Date June 15, 2009
  5. Why Not Live in Sin: are Marriages and Civil Unions relevant? – Due date July1,2009


  • Entries must be 500 words or less.
  • All entries must be submitted by the date posted for that contest.
  • All entries should be submitted to workshops@patriciaswisdom.com.
  • Submission of a story to the above address means that you consent to publication on this blog.
  • All final entries must include signed permission to use the story, and authors will be given credit for the submission. Valid entries must therefore contain an email address where you can be contacted directly.
  • Entries must be true stories, but as a writer one may write someone else’s story as an entry.
  • Only one submission for each contest will be allowed for each writer.

The Prize:
There will be $50.00 (US dollars) for the winning entry for each of the contests. That means $250 total in prize money.The top submissions and as many honorable mentions as possible will be posted on Patricia’s Wisdom.

The Judges:
Judges will be looking at writing style, beauty, creativity, humor, and the communication expressed with clarity and insight. There will be 3 judges for each contest to pick the winner. For Contest #1, they include a Unitarian Minister, a counselor and Poet, and a writer friend. Many of the entries will be used in the workbook I am writing.

All of the writing contests will be completed by August 15, 2009.

I am not looking for stories about how emotionally disturbed the bride was or how the ceremony turned into a food fight with the cake. Rather, I am looking at loving, respectful relationships and how they express themselves.
I am looking forward to reading all the entries and am thinking that this will be a fun experience and reveal some very fine writing.

So here goes…

4 Responses to “Rules and Dates for the 5 Writing Contests”

  1. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. I’m looking forward to reading the entries. As you say, this will be fun! I’m still waiting to hear back from that friend of mine. He does want me to write his story, but we haven’t yet decided which category it will be for. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back from him.

    Davinas last blog post..A Vision of Fulfillment

  2. A bunch of stuff that defies titles — Blogger Dad Says:

    […] over at her site, Patricias Wisdom, and wants your relationship stories.  Check out the details here.  If you have a relationship, or even if you had one which ended horribly, you likely have a story […]

  3. Patricia Says:

    Blogger Dad
    Thank you for the referral! Shout Out! I sure do appreciate that

  4. Patricia Says:

    I thought your comment was an email – sorry. We now know you will be a judge for #1 and write for #4…this is very exciting. Thank you.

    I am working on judging criteria this afternoon