Will YOU be the lucky winner?

Last week on this blog I asked you a question: “Should I start a writing contest?”

I followed up my question with a promise: “If there is enough enthusiasm for a writing contest, I will start a writing contest.”

So. Was there enough enthusiasm for a writing contest?

Sort of!

And that’s good enough for me.

Welcome to the First Annual
Sully Award for Excellence in Writerishness!

The (one and only) winner will receive a bunch of valuable prizes!

A $20 gift card to Starbucks, because writers need to wake up before writing.
A $10 gift card to iTunes, because writers need to be in the right mood while writing.
A $20 Gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can read after writing.
And, best of all, a beautiful SULLY AWARD CERTIFICATE, because great writers deserve great accolades. The certificate will look something like this.

That’s a lot of good stuff.



To enter this competition you need to do two things:

The First Thing: In the comments section below, post a short (200-word max.) sample of your writing. It may be a complete story. It may be excerpt from a longer work. It may be a WIP. It may be a piece of flash fiction. It may be nonfiction. It may be previously published…or not. So pretty much anything, really.

A couple of caveats:

No co-writing efforts are allowed. If you can’t write 200 words by yourself, you are not Sully Award material.

Almost any genre will be considered, with the following exceptions: Plays, Screenplays, and Poetry.

Please submit only one sample. Hey, if you can’t settle on your best work, why should the Sully Judges?

And the Second Thing: Each entrant must plug this competition on his or her blog and link back to this post. Don’t have a blog? No problem, you can also plug the competition on Facebook or Twitter.



All valid entries will be blind submitted to an impartial panel of three professional writers.

The winner will be selected by a predetermined point system. The entry with the most points will be awarded the prize. In the unlikely event of a tie, new rounds of voting will continue until the tie is broken (or until the judges start swearing at me).

Please note that I will not be on this panel. I will neither be picking the winner nor influencing the judges in any way.

You can still bribe me, however. It won’t help, but I do accept bribes.

Note: If there are fewer than 25 valid entries, the judges or I may exercise our right to cancel the competition.



Please submit your entry on or before Tuesday, March 28. The winner will be announced the following week, on Tuesday, April 4. (The names of the judges will be announced at that time.)

If you have any questions about this competition, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks so much for willing The Sully Award for Excellence in Writerishness into existence! I look forward to seeing your work!