January 28, 2015

New Year and a Short Story Contest


The start of a new year always feels hopeful. It’s the beginning of a new cycle and a good time to look forward and set new goals. One of my goals for 2015 is to be more actively involved with my writing and complete other planned creative projects. With that in mind, I was delighted when one of my blog friends posted about a short story contest. I’ve been writing to some extent since childhood but it’s been many years, well, more like a couple decades, since I’ve actually written a short story. I’m excited about the challenge of writing a story for the contest and this is exactly the prompting I need to start seriously writing again.

The contest is for fiction short story writing, any genre, and writers from all over the world can participate. There is no reading fee. The prize is $100 and publication in the Southern Pacific Review. Deadline is March 30, 2015.

If you're interested in submitting a short fiction story, you can find information and a link at Julia Hone's post on her blog, My Writing LifeJulia is an exceptional writer and the poetry editor of the Southern Pacific Review.

Southern Pacific Review Short Story Contest

Good luck to those entering the contest!

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I’d like to close this post with a special video for the new year: The Mountain by TSO Photography, filmed over seven days from a mountain in Spain. The time-lapse images are stunning and it’s accompanied by beautiful music. Makes you pause and appreciate the planet we live on. 
 The Mountain by TSO Photography, Music by Ludovico Einaudi “Nuvole Biache”


©2015 JerseyLils2Cents 

28 comments:

  1. I hope you'll consider entering a short story, Madilyn. And, thanks for sharing this beautiful video!!!

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    1. Kris, I am definitely entering. It will be challenging, not having written anything as lengthy as a story in a long time, but I’m ready! I hope you’ll consider entering too, you’ve written some wonderfully creative stories. Yes, that video is so beautiful, I wanted to share it. :)

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  2. Madi, I hope you do submit a short story as so many of us have enjoyed your blogs over the years. You're certainly talented enough.
    P.S.: Enjoyed the video, it was awesome.

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    1. Hi Jaime, thank you! Yes, I am entering and I'm so glad you've enjoyed my blog posts. :) That video really is awesome!

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  3. Thank you for the honor of being mentioned in your blog, Madilyn.
    That video is beautiful.
    It's also lovely to know that you are writing again!
    Happy 2015!

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    1. You’re very welcome, Julia! :) And thank you for posting about the contest on your blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the video, it’s really so beautiful. Happy 2015 to you too!

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    1. Quiet, I like your confidence in me, thank you! If you have a blog, please leave the link so I can visit, thanks. :)

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  5. That is a wonderful news, Madilyn. I can't wait to read your entry which I believe will force the judges to stop and think.You have posted a spellbinding time-lapse video.

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    1. Thank you, Umashankar! :) You might consider entering too, you’re an excellent story writer. That time-lapse video really is spellbinding! I’ve watched it several times and every time I pause with wonder.

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  6. Wow, that video was absolutely stunning. Gave me goosebumps.

    Good luck with the competition Madilyn. You have quite a gentle and poetic way of writing, so I've no doubt that you will do well.

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    1. Lily, thank you for those sweet words about my writing! :) That video definitely is a wow, so stunning, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. Madilyn... the video was lovely... it's always wonderful to be reminded of all the beauty this Earth has to offer.

    Good luck with the short story, I'm sure it will be great :-)

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    1. Thanks Launna and I can certainly use the good luck! :) I’m glad you liked the video too and I agree that it’s good to be reminded of the beauty of our Earth.

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  8. thanks for sharing the info and video, madilyn! i wish i had one to submit. good luck to you all :-)

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    1. Yun, thanks so much, I really appreciate! I don’t have a story ready to submit but I am writing one now so we’ll see what happens. :)

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  9. Good luck to you JLil! So happy to see you out n' about in the blogosphere once again. :D - And the video? You had me at "the mountains..." Absolutely stunning is right. Thank you for sharing it. Missed you!!!

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    1. Thanks Mimi!! I plan to be out n' about in the blogosphere more this year. Yes, that video is stunning and I knew you'd love the mountains! I really appreciate your good luck wishes too. It doesn't matter so much if I win, I'm just happy to be writing again and the contest is a great motivator. :)

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  10. What a spectacular video, Madilyn! I think we should always view the world as if we were seeing it from the top of a mountain. Good luck in the story contest and happy new year! And please post your story when it's done-I want to read it.

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    1. Marty, always viewing life as if we were seeing it from the top of a mountain would definitely broaden our appreciation for life and nature. That is a wonderful thought! Happy New Year to you too and thank you! After the story contest is done and Southern Pacific Review has made their selections, I’ll post the story on my blog. :)

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  11. Madilyn that was beautiful music and photography. As an amateur I consider that time-lapse photography is not featured as much as it should be these days. Seemed more prominent when it first came into vogue 20+ years ago. ..... and "break a leg" in the short story contest. I hope you post your entry.

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    1. Neil, I agree with you about time lapse photography. It’s so beautiful and not as featured as it used to be when it was in vogue. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for your good wishes on the short story contest. :)

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  12. Good luck on the contest! The time lapse video is really beautiful, too!

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    1. Thanks Marcia! :) I'm glad you enjoyed the time lapse video too!

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  13. Hi Madi... I tried to post earlier but I think I lost it somehow. I loved this video and will post it to FB for others to enjoy too. I love being your friend and experiencing all your interesting posts and blog. This video was just incredible and wonderful for reflection. Annie Hall (aka Suzanne Hall)

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    1. Hi Suzanne/Annie. I’m so glad you stopped by my blog and loved the video, thanks! :) I really appreciate your friendship too and all of your interesting posts with the pictures and music. Btw, I really love the Navajo Prayer on your profile page, just beautiful!

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