Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Beginnings Blogfest and Imagination Begins With You

January is starting off with lots of blogfests. Today is the Beginnings Blogfest hosted by LG Keltner. The rules are simple, write about the beginnings of something, anything.

This might be a bit of a cop out, and if so, I apologize. However the beginning of 2013 is turning out to be incredibly busy. My blog is filling up with guest posts, cover reveals, book reviews and blog tours. I love it! However, it's making it hard to find a day to post the important information that I need to share with you.

Back in 2011 a friend decided that he wanted to do something to encourage young writers. What he came up with was a high school writing contest. The rules would be simple, the stories short, and hopefully each entrant would experience the joy of using their imaginations to create. I was a judge that first year and was surprised at the quality of stories coming from teens across the country. It was a wonderful and fulfilling experience.

Time commitments made it impossible for me to participate last year, but this year I'm ready to read more amazing stories from our young writers. There are great prizes to be had, so take a look and share the info with the teens in your life. It would be great if you could pass this along to your local high schools as well. The writer wins, and so does their school library.

Imagination Begins With You 2013

A High School Writing Competition 

Description: Short story, less than 1,000 words.

Prizes: First place winner receives $250 and $50 to the school library. Second place winner receives $50.

Deadline: Emailed or post marked by March 15, 2013

Submission: Email to (no attachments please, include story in the text of the email) or mail to Brian Claspell - 104 Ivy Hollow Ln - Mooresville, NC 28117. Include: Name, email address, high school and year in school, word count, and title of story.

Winners announced in May. Winning stories will be posted on Brian Claspell - Author FaceBook fan page. Some entries, including winners, may be published in a collection of short stories

Criteria: Short stories will be judged on creativity and imagination. Any genre (fiction/non-fiction) is acceptable. For complete rules, please visit:

This year there is also a Logo Contest as well. Click here to learn how to design a logo for the Writing contest and win some of Brian's amazing Fudge (he makes 30 different flavors!).

2013 Judges
Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th grade teacher introduced her to the world of books with Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys. She’s the mother of four kids that keep her on her toes, constantly reminding her that imagination still makes the world go round. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her family. The Magic Wakes, her debut novel will be released by WiDo Publishing Feb 19th, 2013. You can learn more at

Brian Claspell started writing in the sixth grade when he penned a series of short stories called "Brian the Brave". He continues to explore his love of writing by pursuing his own writing and sponsoring a yearly high school writing contest. You can follow what Brian is up to at

Amy Hancock is the author of Evie's First Magic Lesson. You can learn more about Amy at her Amazon author's web page.

Lori Lohmeyer is an avid blogger (What Remains Now) and artist. She is retired from the US Army Reserves and has three retired racing greyhounds. Join her adventures by visiting her blog.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful competition. It's a great idea. :-)

  2. What a cool thing to be involved in - glad you get to be a judge again this year!

  3. Happy 2013! It's great that you're busy! Busy is good!

  4. What a great competition! I'm sure it's fun to be a judge. And congratulations on a great start to 2013, I'm sure it will only get better and better. :)

  5. I'll pass along the information to any English teachers I encounter.

  6. That sounds like such an amazing idea. I bet it was fun to read the entries.

  7. Very cool! I wish my kids were old enough to submit to this.

    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

  8. That's a great contest, and I'm glad you chose to promote it! I would have loved to have submitted to a contest like this when I was in high school!

    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

  9. Wow, a contest! That's very good. :)

  10. I think I'll enter and try again this year. :) It'll give me something to focus on after preparing my portfolio for my arts camp audition.

  11. Popping in from the blogfest. I don't think this post was a cop-out, I thought it fit the idea of "beginnings" perfectly! I've Tweeted this groovy contest to help spread the word.

  12. This is a great thing your friend is doing! Nice work.


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