Monday, April 12, 2010

Writing Contest: She Speaks Scholarship

This is a post from Glynnis Whitwer, editor of P31 Woman. She asked those of us on the team to help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity!

Have you ever had a dream?

A dream that you tucked deep in your heart, and were afraid to even speak

Every year women come to the Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks Conference
with just such dreams. It may be a dream to write, or speak. It may be a dream to lead a women's Bible study, or start a ministry to unwed mothers.

As the director of the writer's track at She Speaks, I meet women every year
who are wondering if they have what it takes to write. They might think the
dream is foolish ... because who would read what they have to say? But the
dream beats so hard in their chest they just had to come to the conference.
However, they tenderly protect that dream, even as they put themselves out
there for all the world to see.

Is that you? Do you have a dream to write but haven't taken the first step?
Or have you been writing for awhile but know God is prompting you to take
the next step in your writing journey?

Today, I have the privilege of announcing a contest to help someone take
that next step of obedience in their dream to write.

Thanks to the generosity of author extraordinaire, Cecil Murphey, I will be
giving away one scholarship to attend the She Speaks 2010 Conference, held
July 30-August 1 in Concord, North Carolina. If you haven't heard of Cecil
Murphy's amazing newsletters for writers, you'll want to click here
to subscribe for free! While you are there, spend some time reading about Cec. He's coming to the conference and will be speaking to all the writers, and meeting one-on-one for some
informal coaching.

And to win it, all you have to do is write an article that would be
appropriate for publication in the P31 Woman Magazine. We'll pick one
article as the winner. In addition to winning the scholarship, we'll also
publish that article in the magazine. Kind of like icing on the best cake
you have ever eaten!

We may also select some honorable mentions, and will publish those if we do.

So - how do you win this amazing prize? Here are the rules for the She
Speaks Scholarship Contest:

1. You must not have attended She Speaks in past years.

2. Write a 500-1000 word article that would be appropriate for publication
in the P31 Woman Magazine. See the guidelines on the link to the magazine, and see
archived feature articles for a sample of our style.

3. Only enter one (1) article per person.

4. You can either attach the article in a Word document or include it in
the email. Include a creative title and your name.

5. Email the article to me at editor@proverbs31 on or before Thursday April
15, 2010 at midnight.

6. If you have a blog, please help us promote the She Speaks Conference by
writing about this contest and linking to the She Speaks Conference
site. If you want to post the She Speaks button on your site, feel free to copy it. But it is not a

7. The winner of this contest will be awarded a scholarship for the cost of
one person's registration for the 2010 She Speaks conference.

The value of this scholarship is $575 which includes your conference
materials, conference registration, 2 nights at the conference hotel and
meals associated with the conference. Please note it does not include any
travel expenses. Also, you will be assigned a roommate or you have the
option to pay the extra charge for a private room. This scholarship is
transferable, but only for someone who has not attended the conference. It
cannot be traded for cash.

Your article will be evaluated by the P31 Woman editing team, and we will
announce the winner on April 21st.

This is the first year we have scholarships to offer, and we are thanking
God and Cecil Murphey for this opportunity. Please pray about what to
submit. And, if you aren't a writer, please send a note to someone you know
who is and encourage her to enter! Your encouragement might just make all the difference in inspiring her to pursue her dreams!
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RefreshMom said...

What a great way to decide the scholarship recipient!

Cec is one of the most generous people in the business--in so many ways. May the recipient be truly blessed by this opportunity.

Mary Hampton

Momof5 said...

I can't find the link to the magazine. Could you check it for me? Thanks.

Nicole O'Dell said...

What a great opportunity! I'm so glad I saw this. :)

Sheri said...

Just a shout to let you know that i posted on my blog to spread the word. What a great opportunity for those with the desire to chase a dream. :)