Peace was our best theme yet. Probably because the world doesn’t have enough of it, but most of us want it. Read our winner Disha’s Peace Essay, second and third place Kirsten’s Stirring and Left Behind; all thoughtful, relevant examples of peace.
Let us all strive to be more peaceful daily, not just at times like Christmas – always. Peace is not just about preventing wars, it’s about creating a harmonious world. That world may just start with your household, your neighbourhood, your state or your country. While we are in hiatus we wish you all peace and happiness.
And if you are trying to think of a gift that keeps on giving this Christmas there are lots of ideas at the Umoja Products Page, including Christmas Cards and Child Sponsorship.
Due to unforeseeable circumstances we are yet to announce our winner. We will be announcing in October, so if you’ve entered good luck and you should hear something once we do announce a winner. Once again thank you to those who entered and raise valuable funds for Umoja Orphanage Kenya.
Here’s another writing quote to keep you motivated to write in the meanwhile:
Entries have now closed for this year’s competition. Thank you to the wonderful writers who have entered. Though the entry fee is small your money goes a long way helping the Umoja Orphanage Kenya Project. Winners will be announced in October. Good luck to those who have entered. Keep coming back so you can read the winning story.
Time is slipping away. Tick, tock ticking away.
Have you started your entry yet? How long do you take to draft a story, edit and polish it? Weeks? Days? What about months?
There’s just two months left before our 26th August closing date. Stop reading this and get writing.
To give you some inspiration here’s another writing quote:
I hope this has encouraged you to enter but if you’re not convinced, think about the children of the Umoja Orphanage Kenya where all funds raised from this competition go to. Cathy and her team have done a wonderful job so far and will open the doors to the children very soon. Though of course, more money is needed for their ongoing care and to create their sustainable orphanage.
Becoming a writer begins with you.
Many of us dream of becoming a writer. We plan in our head for the time there’ll be have enough time to write that novel or memoir, or even just a letter to the editor. We may be time poor and never get around to actually doing any writing. We can’t just plan it – we have to do it.
So, if you’ve been dreaming but not putting those dreams into action why not begin now with Umoja Writing Competition? Challenge yourself to complete 1,000 words on the theme, peace. Once you’ve set and completed that challenge (and helped a worthy charity along the way) you can then begin to call yourself a writer. Yes, writers do plan in their head, but they also take notes every day, jotting down those ideas with words on paper or keyboard, not just in their own mind, never to be read.
It doesn’t matter how you begin as long as you do. If you wish to be a writer write. It’s as simple as that.
If you have little confidence about your writing you can start with Umoja Writing Competition. Then once you’ve assessed your skills you could join one of the many writing centres around Australia. These small groups supported us last year Stanthorpe Writers Group and Boroondara Writers Group.
For bigger centers:
- Australian Writers Centre
- Queensland Writers Centre
- NSW Writers Centre
- SA Writers Centre
- WA Writers Centre
- Writers Victoria
- Tasmanian Writers Centre
- NT Writers Centre
- ACT Writers Centre
Join a group in your local area to build an enduring network with like-minded people who can encourage your writing skills. You can also join our Facebook community for tips and writing quotes to keep you inspired. If you have a writers group that you would like mentioned on our page please tell your members about our competition and contact us to let us know you have and then we’ll add your link as well.
2016 Competition begins soon
We are still refining the entry details so please do not print out entry forms or enter until the competition begins on Friday 12th February. In keeping with our changing logo each year and our theme ‘Peace’ we have featured a rainbow in the new design. Here it is:
2016 Competition Begins –
Friday 12th February
Friday 26th August
Winner Announced –