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12 essay winners on 12.12.12

12 essay winners on 12.12.12

December 12, 2012 |  by  |  Live life fully, Wordbliss  |  , , ,  |  2 Comments


First, THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the 12.12.12 essay contest. Your creativity came packaged in 12-word wonders, and I feel as though I received 119 mini presents this week. Due to your wonderful response, I’ll be hosting more contests in the future and invite you to keep coming back to “delighted to write” for more insights on writing, communication, and the delicious art of words.

Also, the contest couldn’t have happened without the wonderful 12 sponsors who offered up their talents as prizes.THANK YOU!

Essay judging

With so many witty essays, selecting winners yesterday was a huge challenge. I enjoyed each and every essay, sorted them into categories, narrowed those down, and solicited help of friends for some that were too close to call.

I ended out making a category for “Arizona” entries because those are the only folks eligible for the photography session. Full disclosure: I made every effort for judging to be fair and I did not judge that portion myself. In two rounds, my colleagues chose Chalice Carpenter, who happens to be one of the prize sponsors and my talented mom (she’s also an impressionist painter, check out her colorful art).

The remaining entries were put into the drawing, and I randomly pulled five names.

Without further ado…drumroll, please….

 Winners: Congrats! I’ll be in touch to let you know your prize in the next couple days.

Sponsors: You’ll be hearing from me, and getting the winners’ contact information to send them their prize.

Whew! Made it. Happy 12.12.12 – do something adventurous today.


Announcing the official 12.12.12 essay contest

Announcing the official 12.12.12 essay contest

December 4, 2012 |  by  |  Live life fully, Wordbliss  |  , ,  |  121 Comments


To celebrate the rad date coming to a calendar near you, I’m pleased to announce the one and only 12.12.12 essay contest.

All that stands between you and one of the 12 fantastic prizes below is a 12-word essay. (Yup, you read that right!) Write your essay on any topic, any style. Haiku it up. Give me your best poetry. Go sappy, bold, or scientific. Whatever you do, use your own words. Give your original essay a title, and enter by 11:59 p.m. MST on December 10, doing the following:

1. “Like” the delighted to write Facebook page (if you already did, you rock!)
2a. Write your 12-word essay in the comment section of this post – OR- 
2b. “Share” the essay announcement and your essay on Facebook.

I’ll judge the essays on December 11, and announce the 12 winners on 12.12.12, at 12:12pm. (Yeah, I’m getting pretty into the number thing – after all, the world won’t see a six-digit matching date like this until January 2101!)

After selecting six winners in predetermined categories, I’ll do a random drawing to determine the other six, so everyone has a chance to win.

New note for ARIZONANS: If you live in the Phoenix-metro area, you’re eligible to win the photo shoot with Selena of Sorensen Studios. Please indicate {from PHX} with your essay entry.

New note if you’re under 18:  I have a prize just for you! Please indicate your age, like this: {age 16}. Thanks, and good luck!

Prizes, baby!

We all know the best part of contests are the PRIZES and I’m pleased to announce these totally awesome sponsors for this celebration of words.  See descriptions of prizes below. Value totaling more than $700.*


1. Artist (and my talented mama!) Chalice offers an original 18 x 24 acrylic painting, “Drop of Honey.” It’s hand-stretched 3/4″ solid wood frame, perfect for frameless display. See her ColorExpression Fine Arts Studio Etsy shop for colorful gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else. ($150 value)

2. Brittany of OohThePlacesYoullGo Etsy shop will give a lucky winner a unique notebook journal. ($5.25 value)

3. Wordologist Amy Taylor offers a website analysis and one free hour of copywriting services. Check out her site to see how she works the word magic: ($150 value)

4. Creative genius Nick of will let a winner choose an 8×10 print of one of his General Conference message designs. See the selection here. ($20 value)

5. Clever Preston of Ink of Me agreed to sponsor a typography masterpiece, “Home is Where the Heart Is.” Love the personalized options! ($15 value)

6. Ready for your closeup? Win a mini photo shoot with Selena of Sorensen Studios! She took the typewriter pictures of me you see here and makes every shoot FUN. *Only for friends in the Phoenix-metro area. ($250 value)

7. Write like Shakespeare! This calligraphy set includes two traditionally made hand-cut quills, one ink bottle with powdered ink, ten pieces of marbled paper, and a Chauncery Cursive Calligraphy Guide – everything you need to get started. Sponsored by Jason of PendorasBox. ($15 value)

8. Just in time for Christmas, Elizabeth is sponsoring this set of Vintage Snow Man Christmas Gift Cards. See her darling Etsy shop, MSLIZZ for more gifting ideas. ($6 value)

9. Crafty Caitlin of Caitlin’s Creations handmade this paper bunting from patterned scrapbook paper, vintage dictionary pages her blue and white striped bias tape. Comes with velcro closures for easy hanging. ($12 value)

10. From her brand new site (check it out!) Lemons and Lace, Joslyn is sponsoring a Chevron Craze turban headband, handmade with black and white chevron fabric and black bow. Made with stretchy knit for all-day comfort. ($9.99 value)

11. Author and blogger Brittany will send a lucky someone her book, “Play Together, Stay Together: Games that Fortify Your Family.” Check out her blog for ideas on strengthening your family through recreation. ($9.99 value)

12. This hand-crocheted hat with detachable flower was made with 100% acrylic yarn. It was made to fit slouchy style on infant/smaller toddler or beanie style on larger toddler/smaller preschooler. See more of Emma’s creations at ($25 value)

*Value of prizes is actually higher than denoted, since shipping and handling are not included. The sponsors will be sending the prizes to the winners and/or coordinating the services.