By JOSHUA SLEEPYWOOD The first-ever Creative Writing Competition will end this week, but in its 10-year history, it has seen its fair share of ups and downs.
From the day the show started, it was a very different beast.
“The first day of the competition, I had my first ever text message,” wrote author Dan Wells.
“My first tweet.
I remember it was at the time, but it was from a fan who was reading a tweet I was doing on Twitter.”
In 2017, Wells won a $500 Amazon gift card, and the next year, he won $3,000.
But this year, Wells found out his name would not be on the shortlist, but he had been accepted.
That made him wonder if he would ever win the $5,000 prize.
The answer was yes.
“I thought, if I can win $5k, I can probably win $10k,” he told The Huffington Post.
“That was a big deal.”
The award has since grown to $12,000, and Wells has won a total of $16,000 in prizes.
But it’s not the first time a contest has seen a shake-up.
“Creative Writing is like a game of life, and one of the things that makes it so exciting is that the rules are changing every year,” wrote Sarah Kliff, one of our readers and co-founder of Writing for Change.
“There are rules, there are guidelines, and then there are opportunities to do things that were not thought of before.”
While there have been some bumps along the way, the awards continue to evolve and the creative writing competition is always growing.
This year, the winners will be announced this week.
And it all started with a tweet.
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If this is the first you read about writing contests, we recommend reading this article.
And if you’ve already read this, we have a few more tips for you.
First, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
We want to make sure you understand that we don’t think you can do this alone, so if you want to be on your game, we want to hear from you.
And second, remember that your writing is still a work in progress.
If there’s something you’re missing, don: Take a break If you’re feeling overwhelmed, give yourself a break.
“You can still do this, you can still learn,” wrote one reader.
Another shared that the best advice she received came from a veteran of the creative community who told her, “Write what you can’t get.”
So be open to new ideas and let others help you.
Be aware of your audience and share the love.
This isn’t about the winning of the grand prize.
This contest is about sharing our love and giving back to our community, as well as our community itself.
If that’s your goal, read this post to learn how to get started.
Don’t be scared to make mistakes or be afraid of taking risks.
“Don’t be ashamed to fail,” wrote another.
And when you get a little bit better at it, “Don [sic] make mistakes,” wrote a reader.
This competition is not a race.
We don’t want to have a contest where you’re just fighting to be the first person to win.
But we do want to share our work with the world and our stories.
“If you want your work to make the world better, you have to do this contest,” said Sarah Klif.
And even if you think you are the only one who can do it, it’s important to understand that this is not competition.
“It’s not about being the first, it [is] about doing it,” she continued.
“In the end, if you don’t, I think that’s going to be a problem.”
The 10 Best Creative Writing Contest Winners and Winners of The Creative Writing Challenge 2017 The winners of the 2016 and 2017 contests will be revealed in a special ceremony on Tuesday.
And we’re so excited to be celebrating the 10th year of The Writer’s Workshop.
We can’t wait to see the awards and the people who have won.
In fact, if the award season has taught us anything, it is that it’s a time to celebrate.
And for this year’s contest, we’re really excited to welcome our winners and winners to the stage.