Through the She Writes Passion Project Writing Contest, we donate knowledge, expertise, and time to one first-time woman author who brings us a nonfiction book project we passionately believe deserves every chance in the world.

Now you can sit back, relax, and wait for the news on who makes it to the next round….And you only have to wait until August 24th, when the announcement of finalists will take place. No problem, right?

And now, Lea and I thought we’d take a moment to share some thoughts on the contest with you.

What WE learned about running a writing contest:

First off: next time, we’re not going to have our deadline fall in the middle of the night for us – that might help us acknowledge receipt more effectively!! And we’ll have a much more “automated” process with a submission form and other bells and whistles… (Thanks for your patience – it is, after all, our maiden voyage into the contest arena.)

Now, what we learned about YOU:

We received entries from around the globe – from people in the United States, Argentina, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Italy, Qatar, and more.

We learned that 1) this truly is a collaborative process, and you all really helped each other out with your submissions ; 2) more than half of you submitted your entries on the final days of submissions – right down to the wire – love it! and 3) many of you didn’t want to share your age with us! How interesting. (Speaking of age, the average age of entrants is 42 and entrants range from 20 years old to 79 years old. We love that.)

She Writers, we are overwhelmed by the heartfelt comments that have been rolling in concerning the contest itself. Thanks for making OUR day with such lovely feedback.

Looking over your comments, we can see a few common themes cropping up: Many of you used the word “opportunity” to describe the contest. Many of you were happy that the contest helped you to get the ball rolling again with a stalled manuscript or writing project. We love your comments. Keep them coming. Here’s a sampling:

“I love She Writes – it is difficult (perhaps impossible) to chat with talented women writers over lunch and even rub elbows with anyone in the publishing industry here... This contest and SW has afforded me an opportunity to interact with and get to know some wonderfully talented women. Thank you again for being such a prominent
leader in helping new women writers emerge. Again, the Passion Project has been a great source of inspiration and I appreciate the opportunity.”

“Passion Project spurred me to write more of my book.”

“I’ve never come across a writing contest quite like this—with a prize of wisdom and support, not just money or publication—and am thrilled to participate. (Whatever happens, bravo to you on putting together such a creative project, and happy belated anniversary, She Writes!)…It would be a privilege and an honor to work with the terrific lineup of women who’ve volunteered their energy to the She Writes Passion Project.”

“What an amazing opportunity this is to submit for such a great contest! Thanks so much for putting this on and for all your website offers to women writers.”

WOW. Thanks to all of YOU!

Lea and I can’t wait to read your material and discuss it with our colleagues. And as we’ve said, don’t forget that no matter who wins, you’ll ALL be able to discuss the winning entry and follow along as we blog about our progress with the winner’s proposal and encourage you to work on your own. Collaboration is what She Writes is all about. Everybody wins.

Remember to keep checking the Passion Project blog and Passion Project group to make sure you’re up to date on all-things-Passion.

And WATCH THIS POST because we may have some additional news momentarily!!

Cheers, and THANKS.

Amanda and Lea, Passion Project Co-Directors

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Comment by Sherrice Thomas on August 23, 2010 at 9:04pm
I am so nervous and excited. Can't wait to see which one of us wins!
Comment by R. Yvonne Ruff on August 23, 2010 at 7:56pm
tick tock tick tock tick tock.....................
Comment by Rebecca Rasmussen on August 5, 2010 at 12:10pm
What a great contest. I'm so glad that women are getting inspired by it. I know I am, and I'm a fiction writer! Good luck everyone!
Comment by AnnaLee Wilson on August 5, 2010 at 7:03am
The 2000 word max for submission to the Passion Project forced me to prune the dead wood from one of my chapters. Now I've got a standalone piece. What a bonus! So when's the next contest?
Comment by Kelly Watson on August 5, 2010 at 5:52am
What a fabulous turnout! Thanks for the great opportunity. I hope that you'll share some of the projects with us when you decide on a winner ... I'd love to see everyone's unique projects!
Comment by Tracy Slater on August 4, 2010 at 9:27pm
An idea that might be nice for the whole She Writes community: a montage of first lines from the book overviews sent in for the contest, posted here and in the weekly Digest. It would be inspiring to share, like a tapestry of voices from our community about the projects we're passionately working on. And it would be a fun min-peak into people's life stories or nonfiction projects. It might also encourage members working on similar topics to get in touch with each other and support each others' process. Just an idea! - from an entrant in Japan...
Comment by Carolyn Joyce Bowens Jefferson on August 4, 2010 at 7:20pm
The Passion Project contest really helped me to focus and finally make a commitment to make my "passion" book a reality (win or lose).

Thanks you!
Comment by Brooke Linville on August 4, 2010 at 9:28am
Twenty days to keep writing! Thanks for helping keep the creative energy going.
Comment by Adela Crandell Durkee on August 4, 2010 at 6:43am
On pins and needles. On pins and needles. What a great opportunity for everyone to get support and encouragement.
Comment by Sherrice Thomas on August 3, 2010 at 7:02pm
This is exciting news. As a contestant, I am thankful to hear this update, specifically, the part of about the diverse entries. She Writes is such a diverse site and this is a great "opportunity" to connect with others. The contest is just the icing on the cake. I look forward to meeting fellow authors and aspiring writers.


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