November 2018 Blog Competition

Dec. 19, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
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We’re proud to present the winners of our blog article competition! Thanks to everyone who participated and submitted; the writing community is made so much brighter by having your advice and stories. Please, keep sharing your perspective with the world.


First place: Confessions of a slow writer by Anne R. Allen

Anne R. Allen is a multiple award-winning blogger and the author of 13 books, including the bestselling Camilla Randall Mysteries. She is co-author, with Catherine Ryan Hyde, of How to be a Writer in the E-age: a Self-Help Guide. Anne’s latest nonfiction book is The Author Blog: Easy Blogging for Busy Authors. Her latest Camilla Randall comedy-mystery is Googling Old Boyfriends.  Both are published by Kotu Beach Press. She blogs with New York Times million-copy seller Ruth Harris at “Anne R. Allen’s Blog…with Ruth Harris,” and has a book blog at “Anne R. Allen’s Books.” Anne is also an actress—the veteran of over 50 stage and film productions—and the former artistic director of the Patio Playhouse in Escondido, CA.

Judge notes: “Well-written and well-researched with good advice that goes against common knowledge in the industry.”

Robin Murphy is an Amazon best-selling author of a paranormal mystery series, and also writes chick-lit, and nonfiction. She is a speaker on author platforms, self-publishing, and marketing, and the sole-proprietor of Rookie Writers Solutions. She has also worked in the administrative, graphic design, desktop publishing, writing, and self-publishing arena for more than thirty years. Her wide range of skills and abilities place her at the top of her field. She also is a virtual admin and a freelance writer.

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Judge notes: “The article is helpful. I’m a sucker for a piece that tries to walk the writers through a skill.”


Special thanks to our judge, who read and commented on all the entries! This competition couldn’t have happened without him.

Jeff Elkins is the author of nine novels, the founder of the online literary journal Short Fiction Break, and a bi-monthly contributor to The Write Practice. Jeff writes urban fantasy and supernatural thrillers. A graduate of Baylor University and Truett Seminary, he currently lives outside Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and five kids. To receive a free copy of Jeff's supernatural thriller, The 12 Commandments, subscribe to his free monthly newsletter.


Thanks once again to all the participants! Your articles on writing and inspiration help writers become authors.