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It’s Time for Agent Chip MacGregor’s Annual Bad Poetry Contest! Enter There and Win Here!

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Okay, I know you’re not supposed to be getting a post from me today, but I couldn’t take a chance that you might miss out on this ab-so-lute-ly amazing writing opportunity and chance to win.

It’s time to join in the fun going on over at Chip MacGregor’s Bad Poetry Contest to celebrate his birthday. And if you enter there, you could win here!

For those who’ve been around writing conferences for a while, you’ll recognize the name, Chip MacGregor. For those who don’t know him, Chip is owner of MacGregor Literary, one of the most recognized agencies in the business. He’s spoken at writing conferences in over 100 locations. And I can promise you, once you’ve been around Chip, you won’t forget him. He helps writers around the world with his snarky voice and big heart. (Don’t tell him I said the big heart part. He likes to protect his image.)

Now, this is how it’s gonna work here at The Christian Writer’s Den. Please read Chip’s intro below and then finish it at his blog. Then write your own bad poetry and leave it as a comment for Chip at his blog. BUT THEN…come back here and post a comment that you left an entry at the contest, and I’ll put your name into another contest HERE! I’ll go to Chip’s blog and read for myself how bad your poem is. I hope it’s really bad! My husband will select a winner from among the Christian Writer’s Den submissions.

Here’s Chip’s introduction to his 7th Annual Bad Poetry Contest:

This is Chip.

This week is a special, heart-touching time of year, when all young writers turn to thoughts of bad poetry. That’s because, each year at this time, we take a week to celebrate my birthday — not with cards, not with songs, not with cutesy memes on Facebook that will make me want to gag. Instead, here we do the more creative thing… we create bad poetry. The badder, the better.

A note about bad poetry: Some people just don’t get it. They seem to think we’re making fun of great poets. No indeed. We’re making fun of ALL poets. Those who think they are deep. Those who want to show they’re smarter than you. Those who rhyme “love” with “dove,” “glove,” and “above.” And most of all, those who call out, “Hey, look at me! I’m sensitive!” So the time has come once again to your bad poems. Stop the wordsmithing madness and start constipating on wrong rhythms and awful word choice. The 2015 Bad Poetry Contest is here! Read more from Chip…

I hope you’ll head on over to Chip MacGregor’s Annual Bad Poetry Contest and read the rest of his post, then post your bad stuff and make me proud!

THEN come back here and post a comment letting me know that you entered, and you’ll be in the running for a FREE DOWNLOAD from my writing workshops! ($14.95 value!) Be sure to come back next Tuesday to see if you’re the winner!

Remember, to be included in HIS contest, you have to post your bad poetry AS A COMMENT ON CHIP’S BLOG! And to be included in OUR contest, you have to leave a comment here that you entered Chip’s contest.

Clear as mud?

So go on now…get started. Show off your bad self and make me proud!

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Expecting great things from you…

Vonda

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Writer’s Headlines: The Gideon Intern Program, Call-Out for Kudos & MoGo7000, Chip’s Bad Poetry Contest, & Who Won Tessa Afshar’s Book?

newspapersYou Don’t Want to Miss the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival in Orlando, FL! And We Have a Teen Track, Too!

Do you love film, acting, screenwriting, or directing? Do you dream of writing and singing songs for the Lord? The Gideon was created to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through all types of media with an emphasis on television, film, theater, church drama, singing/songwriting, graphic arts, marketing and distribution, screenwriting, and networking.

Rodney and Lori Marett created the Gideon Conference in 2007 for adults, and yet, they also had a desire for teens to be able to learn from Christian professionals in the industry as well. Registration is open-ended for regular adult attendees.

But teens have a track, too! I’m honored to be co-director, along with Sarah Anne Sumpolec, of the Gideon Intern Program for Teens 16-18 years old. Admission is by application, and the deadline has been extended until May 31, so get to work and get your application in!

I hope you’ll join us at the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival where cutting-edge media arts are combined with one of the most unique Christian conferences and Christian film festivals in the country.

The Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival is “where art and purpose meet,” where cutting-edge media arts are combined with one of the most unique Christian conferences and Christian film festivals in the country. A place to learn and connect with like-minded professionals and learners who look at media from a Christian worldview.

I’d love to see you there! (I’ll also be teaching a class on writing Church Plays.) Check out the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival details here.

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Call-Out for Kudos…I Want to Brag on You!

Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe you’ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you!

It’s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:

**Your name
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)

I can’t wait for us to celebrate with you!

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mogo7000 logoCall for MoGo7000 Totals

If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in April, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2014 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! It’s open to everyone who qualifies.

To report your April results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written in April. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Monday). 

If you missed out on last year’s money-winning writing challenge, don’t worry, the 2014 challenge is underway! Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules. All you have to do is write at least 7000 NEW words on a book project in any month and you’ll receive an entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100.

Each month that you qualify with 7000 new words, your name goes in the “hat” for the drawing. Reach the goal one month and you’ll have one entry. Meet it 12 months and you’ll have 12 entries!

So what are you waiting for? Get started now and you could be $100 richer after the first of the year. And it doesn’t cost you a cent. 🙂

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Calling All Poets, Especially the Bad Ones! You Could Win BIG!

Yes, it’s that time again–time for agent Chip MacGregor’s Bad Poetry Contest! Yes, it’s time to join in the fun going on over at Chip MacGregor’s Bad Poetry Contest to celebrate his birthday. For those who’ve been around writing conferences for a while, you’ll recognize the name, Chip MacGregor. For those who don’t know him, Chip is owner of MacGregor Literary, one of the most recognized agencies in the business. He’s spoken at writing conferences in over 100 locations. And I can promise you, once you’ve been around Chip, you won’t forget him. He helps writers around the world with his snarky voice and big heart. (Don’t tell I said the big heart part. He likes to protect his image.)

And just to add a little fun to the our week, if you enter Chip’s contest, simply post a comment here, letting me know you entered, and I’ll check out your poem. Then, next Tuesday I’ll announce our own Christian Writer’s Den winner of the Bad Poetry Contest. And the winner will have his or her choice of any of my downloadable writing workshops!

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And Last But Not Least, Who Won Tessa Afshar’s Book?

Random.org selected Jamie Schwenn Herda as the winner! Congratulations, Jamie! Jamie, simply contact me with your snail mail address and Tessa will get your book right out to you!

And friends, I know you’re going to want your own copies of Christy Award Finalist Tessa Afshar’s books, so here are direct links for you!

Harvest of God cover tessaHarvest of Gold

In the Field of Grace

Pearl in the Sand: A Novel

Harvest of Rubies

 

 

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Don’t forget to follow through with your kudos, MoGo7000 totals, and bad poetry. Then be sure to check back next week for all the great announcements!

Vonda

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Writing the Best You Can by Cindy Sproles, and Who Won the Writer’s Block Blocks?

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Today I’m sharing a post from Cindy Sproles, faculty member at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, co-founder and executive editor of Christian Devotions Ministries and ChristianDevotions.us, and much more. Be sure to read her bio below. But today, I want to share her experience and sage advice for those seeking critiques at Blue Ridge next week, as well as for all of us who are writing and submitting.

Writing The Best You Can by Cindy Sproles

“This is what I see needs a little tweaking.” I twisted the paper around so the author could see.

“What? Tweaking?”

“Yes, did my accent throw you? I’m a Tennessee gal. Sometimes folks don’t understand my accent.” I chuckled and pointed to the first remark on the page.

“I’ve worked on this. It’s done. I didn’t pay for it to be torn apart.”

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