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Stories and flowers – from small seeds grow

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Meet our winner Kirsten

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Meet our winner Kirsten

This year’s winner of Umoja Writing Competition, Kirsten Leggett generously donated back her prize money. She did receive the first prize trophy and on receiving it said, “Thank you again for such a wonderful opportunity to write for others and share in something that benefits those less fortunate than we. I am humbled to be this years winner of the Umoja Writing Competition.”

About Kirsten Leggett 

Kirsten lives and writes in Tasmania. A writer of short stories and poetry, she writes for both enjoyment and for a deeper understanding of what it means to be human. ‘The Tiny Teacher‘ was Kirsten’s first short story. Most recent published writing includes ‘Interloper’ (101 words.org) and ‘Pear Infused with Jasmine’ (Flash Fiction Magazine).

Umoja Thanks You

Kirsten is a worthy winner and we congratulate her on the wonderful entry ‘The Tiny Teacher‘. Along with Kirsten’s generous donation our second placed, Denise Krklec also donated her prize money back to Umoja. She said, “I worked as a volunteer in an orphanage in Bolivia, and appreciate how difficult it is to source funding – that’s why I entered the competition – and while I’m over the moon my entry was considered so favourably, I’d like to donate my prize money back to the orphanage.” Isn’t that a wonderful conclusion to this year’s competition!

Umoja Writing Competition winner Kirsten Leggett
Kirsten Leggett is the winner of Umoja Writing Competition 2015. Here she is with the winner’s trophy.

Thanks also to; our founder, Cathy for the wonderful work she does for Umoja Orphanage Kenya; literacy consultant Deborah Lawrence for donating the winner’s trophy and judging; writer Martin Knox for a generous funding donation; Umoja communications officer Shanyn Limpus for judging and of course all the writers who entered Umoja Writing Competition 2015.

Next year’s competition will be run in a slightly different format (still to be advised). We are considering a smaller entry fee to entice more entries and more focus on entrants considering sponsoring an Umoja Orphan. If anyone has any ideas about how to make next year’s competition a fundraising success for Umoja Orphanage Kenya, please contact me through our contact page.

Last word: Unite your writing with a worthy cause to feel the realisation of your words flowing towards a better world.

The beauty of writing

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I found this quote I’d like to share.

Just write and don’t expect to get it perfect first time.

What first comes out is usually rough thoughts flowing from your brain to the page. The second draft will organise those thoughts into paragraphs, sentences and words that make more sense. The third draft will fine-tune and further drafts may get close to perfection.

Whatever you write is uniquely your voice to your readers.

Write.

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We’re not brain surgeons so let’s just be writers (quote thanks to Pinterest).

The Umoja Writing Competition 2015 has closed for this year.

Our shortlist will be posted soon. Once again, thank you for everyone who entered.

This blog will continue to build our community of writers, bloggers, fundraisers, volunteers and wildlife lovers.

Time is running out to enter our writing competition

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Only a week to get your entries in to Umoja Writing Competition 2015. To make this a successful literary competition and fundraiser for Umoja Orphanage Kenya, we desperately need more entries. Please let all your writing friends know about us and encourage them to enter, please.

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The theme is ‘Child’ but anything can inspire you.

  • The above picture perhaps (baby animals and children).
  • Your own children.
  • Children in your area.
  • The children of Africa.
  • A baby who impacted your life.
  • A toddler’s world.
  • The inner child.

Hurry. Entries must be post-marked 6th August 2015 or arrive in my inbox before midnight on that day.

ENTRY FORM

Writing Quote for the day – originality

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Writing quote for the day is part of an interview by Jonathan Aldridge from The Writer February 2015 magazine. I’m always interested in how other writers write, particularly successful ones. Hopefully some of that advice rubs off to make aspiring writers successful.

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