Did Someone Say Holding a Writing Contest?

Holy Guacamole!  Did you say a contest?!
Holy Guacamole! Did you say a contest?! | Source
What to write, what to write...
What to write, what to write... | Source


Did I hear someone say there was going to be a writing contest on HubPages? If I remember correctly it is to include creative writing, poetry, prose, and original photography... Firstly, what the heck is the difference between poetry and prose? Ok, I’ll look that up later. Let’s see. I once wrote poetry all the time. As a matter of fact poetry and short stories – that was my thing. I’d write several of each on a daily basis all through junior high and high school.


Ant ant, why are you so misunderstood All you really want is yummy food Sing a song to pay for your supper Or eat nothing and longtime suffer!
Ant ant, why are you so misunderstood All you really want is yummy food Sing a song to pay for your supper Or eat nothing and longtime suffer! | Source

I remember writing a poem about an ant that was seriously misunderstood. I remember writing another poem about the death of a close friend’s mom. I remember writing short stories based on my nightmares – they came nightly. Some were reoccurring but most were not. I had a whole folder of my writing. I protected it with all my being because it contained my darkest, deepest thoughts. And trust me – most of my thoughts at that time were dark. I was struggling to find my place in a world that hated me and saw me as an inconvenience. I only ever let a select few read about the most traumatic time of my life and even fewer read about the constant negative thoughts. But I wrote it all down to get it out. It festered inside and ate away at me every day. I HAD to get it out.

MY Folder, don't touch
MY Folder, don't touch | Source


So anyways, back to my folder. I have no idea where it is today, which is all good and well since I’ve learned how to conform to society now and I only write happy things. Fluffy kitties and pastel clouds floating around a lemon drop sun. I stopped writing for several years because my teachers in high school criticized everything I wrote. My stories and poems were never good enough. I mean really, all I wrote about was a young boy who lived in his mother’s car - hungry, scared and wanting something more for his life. How could I ever, ever think my story could compare to the one by another girl that was about finding the perfect dress for homecoming? Wait, I keep getting lost in thought.


Back to the folder again - I don’t know where it is. I think I threw it away or burned it or something when I never wanted to see it again and I wanted to get rid of all the nasty feelings inside it. Then almost 3 years ago I found HubPages where I could write anything I wanted. I could write a poem, I could write a short story, I could write about my feelings or I could write about some drab topic and spout off facts. The choice was mine. I chose mostly spouting off drab facts so nobody could use my words against me like so many times in the past.


MY world, entrance only by invitation that can be taken back at any given time.  Enjoy!
MY world, entrance only by invitation that can be taken back at any given time. Enjoy! | Source

And once again I am brought to the fact that HubPages is holding a contest. I mean a "real, honest to goodness, we are going to judge your work" contest. And I’m going to enter. I wrote a poem…for the first time in years and years. I am very proud of it and I’ve decided I don’t give a drat if nobody else likes it. It is mine. It is my feelings. And it is beautiful. I am going to post it and if I get one single negative remark I will delete that comment and pretend like I never saw it. This is, after all, my little world. Only those I like get to stay.

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Lord De Cross profile image

Lord De Cross 5 years ago

THERE YOU GOO!

Would love to read it first..but you said nope!.So I will wait for your final draft:)

LORD


Ardie profile image

Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

I guess we cant post until November 1st for the contest :) I dont have a shot in winning but I'm very competitive so just the idea of a contest got my poetry started again for the first time in years...and I'm giddy!!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Very good! I'm glad for you! a good mommie deserves to win...once again: Good luck Ardie!

LORD


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you, dear :)


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yusefblack 5 years ago

What do you mean you don't have a shot... Lady, you can write, declare yourself a super writer. And have no doubt.


Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

You never know where your writing will take you. Make like Nike and just do it!


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks yusefblack, I suppose I should've said it will be cool if I win but I'm perfectly content just to enter :) There are so many very talented people at HP I love it. But thank you, thank you!!

Arlene, that's funny, I think I will just do it. I need to think less and act more. The exact opposite of what I tell my daughter (she needs to think more before she acts).


Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

At the risk of shamelessly plugging Hubs, I did a couple on contest writing. I do have a successful contest writer in my family, but it ain't me.


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iZeko 5 years ago

Only one thing is for sure: if you don’t enter the contest, you won’t win. So, good luck! I think you have a shot.


Ardie profile image

Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks, Arlene :) I will head on over and see what you have!

Hi iZeko, that's a very good point and thanks!


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well you will always get a positive comment from me my friend as I always enjoy what is on your mind and what you have to say ......and yes it was a grand day when we met -because you are a special person with an open mind and a positive attitude about living and people.

lake erie time ontario canada 2:59pm time is fleeting today as I have an early work start and just enough time for a quick nap - see you later aligator!!!!!


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Oh epi, if I have to go up against you I dont have a shot ;) Every poem of yours I read instantly becomes my new favorite. You never cease to amaze me with your words. AND you're sweet too! Enjoy your nap and shift.


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary

Ditto what epi said. I will work tirelessly to support your cause, that is, winning the day. And don't forget, every day is a new contest and a new chance. :)


Ardie profile image

Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Hey Haunty, I didnt realize it was a new contest daily! I better get working on some other submissions then. And thanks for the support, you are great :)


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Best of luck in the contest! I will be cheering you on.

Cloverleaf.


Ardie profile image

Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Cloverleaf! I hope HP has a section where you can view all the submissions (in case Im not following someone who submits). I always feel like Im missing out on so much great reading here :)


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weestro 5 years ago from Virginia

Go for it, I'm sure you will do well!


Ardie profile image

Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Weestro :) I have to ask...is the dog in your photo yours or just one you'd like to have? Its too too cute!!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Woohoo for the contest! I am excited about it too, and getting ready for it. Wishing you the best, and looking forward to seeing your stuff! Exciting huh!!? :D


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Yay oceansnsunsets!!! I cant wait to watch what all the hubbers I follow submit :) Im looking forward to some great stories, poetry, and photos. I wish you the best too. I'll be rooting for you!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Hahaha! You re one woman who possess a great sense of humor.

I can't but keep laughing towards the end of you piece. All the best as i await to read your poem.

Thanks


Ardie profile image

Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Ubani - I sure hope to read some of your poetry there too. You have some good work my friend.


Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

I like your style! and I will be looking for your poem. Don't suppose you would be kind to an old soul and give me the name of the hub would you?


Ardie profile image

Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello Duchess and thanks! I will be kind as soon as I publish it heheh I wasnt going to - I was chicken'ing out but then my Mom threatened me. So today I will post it.


CodeMaster profile image

CodeMaster 5 years ago from Alaska, Anchorage

You read my poem :) Now I want to read yours!


Ardie profile image

Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Ha! I posted it my newest friend - its called A Walk in the Woods but dont feel obligated :)


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

I LOVE your sense of wit and style!! Awesome! I will be coming back and I promise I will always say nice things!


Ardie profile image

Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Aaw thanks Dorsi! Anything I've ever seen from you on HubPages is always so nice :) I dont think you have a mean bone in your body.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

lol you didn't see me when I took a shoe to my adult son a couple years ago...Have a nice Turkey day Ardie!


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Oh my word Dorsi! But I bet he more than deserved it. I know how bad my brother was... You have a great turkey day too! Some people say 'dont eat too much' but I say 'eat it all'!!

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