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On the 7th & 8th Day of Writing: Chicken Soup for the Soul and Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

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December 7th

Hi everyone! My apologies for missing yesterday’s submission post. Today, I have two opportunities to make up for the missed blog from yesterday.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is publishing stories about Running/Walking. They are due December 15th.Β 

Blue Mountain Arts seek poems for a poetry card contest due December 31st.

Keep reading to learn more about both!

Running for Good – and Walking Too!

Chicken Soup for the Soul is teaming up with Dean Karnazes. He is the Ultramarathoner. This book will be about walking, running, and how steps toward taking care of the body have many benefits.

Guidelines

The upcoming book title refers to how running and walking are good for one’s health. You can also run or walk for an important cause or issue, to raise awareness.

They seek true poems or stories of 1200 words or less. It can be about all aspects of running, walking, and raising awareness for a cause. Stories can be serious, heartwarming, or funny and quirky.

Read more about potential topics here! You can submit your story here. Remember, stories are due December 15th.

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

Want to write a poem for Blue Mountain Arts 33rd biannual poetry card contest? First prize is $350, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. The winning poems will be displayed on their website.

Guidelines

Poems can be non-rhyming or rhyming. Blue Mountain Arts noted that non-rhyming poems read better. They suggest writing about real feelings or emotions and think about a particular person while you write.

Poems are judged based on uniqueness and originality. They seek English only entries, and you can submit as many poems as you’d like!

Poetry Contest Rules

Poems must be an original creation. The rights to the entries will remain the property of the author. You’ll give permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to display and publish your entry on the Web, electronically, if you win.

Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date πŸ™‚ Remember, they are due December 31st.Β Read more here.

Have Fun

Hope you enjoy these two submission opportunities, friends ❀

Until next time,

Loie xo

Country Life, Nature, writers life, writing

When Life Takes a Surprising Turn

Good morning, friends!

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving. I’ve already indulged in one turkey dinner and have another this afternoon at 2 pm. πŸ™‚ I’m grateful that my boyfriend and I have family and friends nearby.

My parents and nephew came up for the weekend. Mum and I peeled, mashed, and cooked turkey dinner. It was a lot of fun. There are plenty of leftovers, and this week I hope to make a turkey casserole πŸ˜€ Mmmmm.

This season has been filled with change. We’ve weathered the bumps, and I still can’t get over where we find ourselves now.

We are living in the country in a quaint little village named Hillsborough. Pines and maple trees surround our cozy bungalow. I keep finding little surprises around the property like plump beige mushrooms and teeny brown ones.

Maggie loves running around the property and exploring. Sometimes, she’ll cozy up in her bed and sit outside with me while I write.

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It is a blessing. I still feel a little stunned that we are even here. I’m thankful for where God has brought me in this past year. My heart overflows today, and it’s difficult to put into words, but a year ago, I found myself in a dark place.

I can say that I’ve crawled my way out of that pit. God was with me every step, gently nudging me forwards, even when I stumbled.

Thanksgiving is known to be a time for food, laughter, stretchy pants, movies, family, friends and so much more. However, I know that others may find this time of year difficult. Perhaps you’re grieving a loved one or feeling lonely or are in the pit. ❀

Just trust me when I say, if you find yourself in a valley, it will get better. Take one day at a time. Reach out to your loved ones or friends. Journal. Go for walks. Do whatever you find healing and rejuvenating.

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The Burren, Ireland

Lots of love, friends.

Until next time,

Loie xo