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Dear Reader Contest 1st Runner Up

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Dear Reader, The trick to writing is to not make a big deal out of it. Simply sit down, put your fingers on the keyboard, and tell us a real good story. Daniel Pickerill, this year’s 1st Runner-up in the Write a Dear Reader Contest, did just that. He wrote a lovely story. Dan is an engineer and says he doesn’t have a lot of options to be creative, so he thought entering the contest might be fun. When I asked him if he’d written anything before, he told me “many years ago in school,” he won a short story contest. He does keep a journal, but he says, “It’s pretty boring. I just write about what I did every…

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Dear Reader Contest 2nd Place Runner Up Shares his Short Story

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Dear Reader, Jay Warner, 2nd Place Runner-up in this year’s Write a Dear Reader Contest, wrote a bittersweet, yet beautiful story that consumed and touched my heart. What a great guy, he was thrilled when I told him he was one of the winners. Jay says he spends a lot of time writing, but the problem is he rarely submits anything. “Why is that?” I asked. “Because I tend not to finish a piece.” Jay said, ‘I like to edit and re-edit, and don’t always get back to submitting my work.” I fully understand, Jay, it can be a writer’s curse. I certainly am happy that you decided to submit your work this time though, it was a pleasure to…

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