The Write Practice's mission is to help writers like you succeed, and one of the ways we want to do that is by giving you a place to show off your work. That's why today we're launching something I'm extremely excited about (and huge thanks to the illustrious Mr. Jeff Goins for this idea, and to Kati Rice for helping flesh it out).

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, and all of you have a little more time to write, I'd like to present you with a very exciting opportunity. This is for people who:

  • Want to be published (in print)
  • Want to drastically improve their writing
  • Enjoy a little competition
  • Love Christmas (or Hanukkah) and want to write about it
  • Like the Write Practice

Sound interesting?

Christmas Story

Photo by Shandi-Lee

Show Off Your Best Work

This month, the Write Practice is hosting its first monthly writing competition. You will get to submit a longer piece by Friday, December 2011, and then, I'm going to pick the best one.

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, before the month is over, we'll publish it on the Write Practice where hundreds of people will get to read you at your very best.

It gets better though. We're going to do this every month for the next year, and this time next year, 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.

How's that sound?

I know. I'm excited, too. Here are the rules.


Write about Christmas. (Or Hanukkah.)

  • This could be a non-fictional account of your memories from Christmas or a fictional account of some sort. I would like to see pieces that are a complete thought, though, with a beginning, middle and end.
  • 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 Friday, December 9, 2011 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 on the Write Practice and in a physical book.

Good luck! I'm SO excited to read your work.

Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real life adventure story set in France. It was a #1 New Release on Amazon. Follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).

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