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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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11th Annual Write a DearReader Contest

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Dear Reader, You don’t have to be a writer to enter this year’s Write a DearReader Contest, because it’s all about writing for fun. Write about the day you wore your t-shirt inside out until some kind soul pointed it out to you. Tell us about the stray cat or dog you found curled up on your front porch, and how it was love at first sight. Write about your favorite aunt, a bizarre and whimsical woman who vacuums her living room in the buff. Describe the overwhelming love in your heart when you held your first grandchild, or write about your fear of writing—but start writing about something—because it’s time to enter our eleventh annual Write a DearReader Contest. Have…

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