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Once a month, we stop prac­tic­ing and invite you to show off your best work.

This might be for you if:

  • You want to be pub­lished (in print)
  • You want to improve your writing
  • You enjoy a lit­tle competition
  • You like the Write Practice


Spring Poem

Photo by Neal Fowler

Show Off Your Best Work

Here’s how this writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion works.

You will sub­mit a longer piece, between 500 and 1250 words, based around this month’s theme: Spring. You can sub­mit as many pieces as you want. After one week, on April 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST, sub­mis­sions will close, and we will choose a winner.

Here’s the excit­ing part. If your piece is cho­sen, I will work with you on mak­ing it the best it can be. We’ll work on mak­ing your images shine, your prose sparkle, your dia­logue sing, and your gram­mar… not suck.

Then, at the end of the month, we’ll pub­lish it on the Write Practice where hun­dreds of peo­ple will get to read you at your very best. For exam­ple, read last month’s win­ner, Nancy Vandre’s story, A Place to Call Home.

It gets bet­ter though.

We’re going to do this every month for the next year, and in December 2012, we plan to col­lect all twelve of these pieces and pub­lish them in a book. Real paper, real cover, real ink. So if your piece is cho­sen, you will be able to con­sider your­self a pub­lished author.

Ready to start?


The Theme: Spring.


  • It should be a fin­ished work. A com­plete story.
  • Non-fictional and fic­tional pieces are both accepted.
  • I’m look­ing for pieces between 500‑1250 words. I will read every word, so please, noth­ing over 1250 words.
  • You can post your com­pleted piece in the com­ments of this post. You can post as many times as you want!
  • The dead­line is Monday, April 9 at 11:59 pm EST to post your piece. That’s a week, but start today!

And, of course, if you sub­mit your work, you agree to let me pub­lish your piece exclu­sively on the Write Practice and in a phys­ical book.

Best of luck to you!

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is an author and the founder of The Write Practice. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! You can follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).