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Writing Contest: You Deserve to be Inspired

I’m happy to announce Positive Writer’s 4th Writing Contest. This contest is all about you.


I usually celebrate a new book’s release with a writing contest, but this time I’m crazy behind.

Inspired Writer was published last summer and the launch was phenomenal. I’d like to say I expected the great interest, but the truth is I was caught by surprise and playing catch up caused a major delay in getting this contest posted.

Intention: Go After It!

The intention behind Inspired Writer was (and is) to teach writers and artists how and where to find inspiration. Truth is, most people say that they need to get to writing and stop waiting around for inspiration. Well, isn’t that the problem? You can’t merely wait for inspiration, you have to go after it.

You just need to know how and where to find it.

Our writing needs inspiration, otherwise, our words are bland and lifeless without it. Inherently we know this, but often we forge on without it because it’s so damn difficult to catch lightning in a bottle. Or, so it seems.

Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.

― Jack London

How to Be Inspired

Inspiring Stories

One way to be inspired is through other peoples’ inspiring stories. When someone shares an inspiring story with us, we tend to become inspired by it and find ourselves compelled to create something of our own. The more inspiring the story, the more inspired we become.

It’s human nature. This is one of the reasons why we love inspirational music, books, and movies, and many other art forms.

Another way to be inspired is too often the most overlooked, and yet each of us has the power to use it every… single… day:

Inspire Someone Else

It’s no wonder that teachers, coaches, instructors, and yes, writers and artists, are often some of the most inspired people you’ll ever meet.

Why? Because they inspire others. There are few ways that are more fulfilling than inspiring others. It’s one of the fastest ways to become inspired.

And here’s the thing, most of us do it without realizing it.

If you write a story about an experience of yours and you’re genuine about it, in other words, you share the ugly parts of yourself, sharing the struggles and the pain of your experience, whether there is a happy ending or a not-so-happy ending, you WILL inspire someone. I promise you. And, even if it wasn’t your goal, you will, in turn, be inspired.

It’s self-fulfilling in the best way because you’re inspiring someone else and quite possibly many others. And you don’t have to just do it accidently or by happenstance. You can write inspiring work right now!

You have a story to share. You do. I promise.

We need your story.

That, my fellow scribblers, is what this contest is all about.

The Contest:

It’s easy to enter. Write an essay (blog post) with the intention of Inspiring Someone Else (a fellow writer perhaps) by sharing a personal story of yours.

Maybe you tried something and it didn’t work out, but you kept at it? Maybe you tried something and it did work out? Maybe you didn’t try anything and you’re still stuck, but you’re learning valuable lessons?

The story is up to you. It doesn’t have to have a happy ending, but it must include 3 positive things you learned from the experience.

I’m not looking for technically perfect stories. I am looking for real stories that I believe will encourage others to face their challenges and ignite their passion for life and writing.

This contest ends 1 March 2017. There is no entry fee.

The prizes are:

1st Prize:

->) $95.00 Amazon gift card

->) A personally signed copy of Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins, 21 times New York Times bestselling novelist, and an autographed copy of Writer’s Doubt by yours truly.

->) Full Scholarship for the Writers Crushing Doubt online course. ($399.00 Value)

2nd Prize:

->) $50.00 Amazon gift card

->) Autographed copy of Writer’s Doubt.

->) Full Scholarship for the Writers Crushing Doubt online course. ($399.00 Value)

3rd Prize:

 ->) $25.00 Amazon gift card

->) Full Scholarship for the Writers Crushing Doubt online course. ($399.00 Value)

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How to enter the contest:

1. Post your essay between 300 to 1000 words on your blog. (You need a blog. If you don’t have one yet, it’s easy to start one on WordPress, or even easier, on Medium.)

2. Consider leading into your post with: “I am participating in the Writing Contest: You Deserve to be Inspired. Hosted by Positive Writer.” You can phrase it as you like, but make sure there is a direct link back to this post to qualify.

3. Paste the link to your entry in the comments below.

It’s very important that you put your link in the comments to this post because that’s your official entry. One of my goals for these contests is for the comments to become a resource of links for fellow writers to find an awesome collection of inspirational stories.

  • I will announce the winners via a blog post around the middle of April 2017. (The best way to stay updated is to subscribe.)
  • I will also publish all 3 of the winning posts individually as guest posts. (Awesome exposure for you.)

Most bloggers are looking for a fresh topic to write about, so here you go, and you just so happen to be able to enter it into a fun contest, too.

Bonus flattery points for stories that include references to passages from Inspired Writer. Feel free to use short excerpts as long as they are limited to quotes of 2 to 3 sentences. Of course, you can still win if you do not include references to Inspired Writer. I’m just saying it won’t hurt. 😉

With that in mind, for the duration of this contest, I cut the price of Inspired Writer: How to Create Magic with Your Words by 50% on Amazon!

The most heartfelt, inspiring story that teaches us valuable lessons learned will win.

We need your story.

Get ready, set, go!

If you like, you can help support this contest by sharing it with your writing groups, Facebook groups, and other social networks, including Twitter.

If you have any questions, please ask via the comments and I’ll also answer in the comments in case others have the same question.

Have fun!

NOTE about entries: If you enter an essay into this contest you agree to transfer rights to the article for possible publication as a guest post, use in compilations, ebooks and other means with full credit to you as the author, but not with financial compensation for the work (excluding any prize possibly won). This contest is void wherever prohibited by local laws.

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Pwnixer


    Good luck to everyone submitting to the contest! 😀

  • N K

    Wow exciting !! But I’m already too caught up in stuff to participate.. But there’s time! Let’s see !!

  • Jas Nafriya
  • kerrieannwild
    • Thanks for entering, Kerrie Ann. Just remember that you need to add a direct link back to this post. You can just add the link to the word “Contest.”

      • kerrieannwild

        Have done that now!

  • Ekta Garg

    Quick question about the note about the entries. It starts, “If you enter an essay into this contest you agree to transfer all rights to the article for possible publication as a guest post…” Does this mean Positive Writer retains all rights to the post we write for this contest? Even though we’re posting our entries on our own blogs, we won’t have any ownership of those posts? Just wanted to clarify. Thank you!

    • Hi Ekta, the rights will transfer to me. I have to add that because many of the entries will be used as guest posts here on PW and they may end up in compilations later. The top 3 will for certain and maybe one or two honorable mentions. However, PW has over 100,000 monthly readers and any posts that are used will pay off in exposure for the writer; however, it’s understandable if anyone would rather not.

      • Ekta Garg

        Hi, Bryan, and thanks for answering my question. I don’t know how other writers feel, but I’m not comfortable giving over complete ownership of my articles/posts to someone else. While I understand the need to retain some ownership of the posts for use on PW as well as in future compilations, it might be more fair for PW to claim non-exclusive rights. You could require that writers add something like “This post first appeared in conjunction with a writing contest on Positive Writer” along with a hyperlink back to this site, which will guarantee a redirect of readers to PW. That way writers can still own their work and you also get to use the articles in the future. It’s a win-win for all involved. Just a thought. Thank you for answering!

        • I’ll look into it for the next contest. It hasn’t been a raised issue until now so I’ll consider what changes I can make. TBH I followed the same procedure as many other writing contests, it’s just most put them in small print. 🙂

  • Jay Harrington

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate Bryan. Here’s my entry:


  • Ter Scott

    Bryan, thanks for all!

    This is a great blog article and I may take you up on the contest! May I ask a favor? I know that you are extremely busy but if you can manage to carve out a few minutes, I would be greatly honored. I’m looking to help self-help authors; plus I’m also looking for examples and stories by non authors too on how positive techniques have helped: http://tinyurl.com/j922xrc Thanks. Ter Scott!