I’m Jim Bessey, owner and editor for So Write Us. This site is new, but I’ve been headed here for years–with a lot of help from my friends.
Fact is, our little gang of aspiring writers has been engaged in friendly competition for about five years now. Originally, I hosted The On-Board Author Challenge on Helium’s Contests forum section. Later on, with tons of help from writer Glory Lennon, we moved into new accommodations as Helium’s Challenge Writers.
Altogether, we’ve hosted a total of THIRTY-SEVEN Author Challenges since 2007 — with nearly that many different winners.
I’ve met dozens of wonderful writers along the way, both online and in the physical world. Among us, we’ve lost friends to unexpected death at least twice. Others just drifted away quietly.
And yet, year after year, a core group of us has kept writing and kept in touch. We look out for each other, share secrets and successes, and socialize just for the pleasure of it. I’ve done two major collaborative projects with the incomparable Raymond Alexander Kukkee. One paid ok money; the other one was pretty solid.
Until earlier this year, we held our writers’ competitions just for fun.
Tell you what, though–it was a lot of work for all involved. Glory did most of it, for last year or so. We had some small prizes available, for those who wanted them. We paid our winners in praise and social links. Which was fine.
But I finally came to realize, just a few months ago, that real writing competition deserves real cash rewards.
So, with some encouragement from the Challenge Writers gang, I located and purchased a suitable domain name, found a great theme from StudioPress, and sat down to design a way for all of us–and anyone else who wants to join us–to compete for prizes we can spend.
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