Friday, July 10, 2009

Sharing with Writers Offers First Contest

I'm not quite sure why I don't run contests very often. Perhaps its because I think they should be something special. This is the time. This is my first contest for this blog and the first for my Sharing with Writers newsletter.

Because poetry can be so important in our lives if we will but let it, I wanted something to remind people to slow down a bit and read a poem (or write one). Then I ran across Lillian Brummet's revised book of poetry, Towards Understanding.

Towards Understanding is in e-book format which makes it green. Something Lillian and I are both avid about. If you've read this lovely little volume, Lillian has revised it with, she says, "an ending I feel more comfortable with." It even has a new cover designed by her artist husband Dave.

The collection of 125 poems run in chronological order to tell the true story of a preteen girl growing up on her own, struggling to survive, breaking the chains of inner demons and finally growing towards understanding of her value and purpose in life--but not quite reaching it. Thus the title… Towards Understanding.

Lillian wrote the book to show other victims of abuse, violence, and neglect that they can live a wholesome life without carrying baggage from the past. She wanted to provide a roadmap that showed the healing process that victims go through, letting others know they are not alone. The poems will help others provide a better support system for those they know who are in a similar situation.

So, the prize for my contest is an e-copy of Lillian's Towards Understanding. The winner may also submit one of their own poems or a short excerpt from their prose to be published in the Poetry Corner of my Sharing with Writers newsletter. I ask only that the piece fits with the theme of Lillian's book and this contest, "Towards Understanding." The "understanding" can be on any subject that interests the subscriber.

To enter contest send an email with "Towards Understanding" in the subject line to me at hojonews @ Be sure to remove the spaces from the address before you send it. The deadline is Sept. 30 and the winner will be chosen at random.

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of two books of poetry. Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry, was named to Compulsive Readers' Ten Best Reads list and was winner of the Military Writers Society of America's award Excellence She Wore Emerald Then, Reflections on Motherhood, was co-authored with Magdalena Ball. Kristin Johnson, screenwriter and founder of the Warrior Poets Project says, "[Both] poets continue to write poems that don't sound either like banal Hallmark cards or the bitter-at-dysfunctional-family jeremiads that habitually torture MFA writing workshop participants."

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog.

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