Subject: July 2012 FaithWriters Newsletter

Dear Friend,



JULY 2012

FAITHWRITERS NEWSLETTER

FaithWriters.com news and information for the write-brained

Christian!



“Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify

(strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.”

– 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (AMP)



It’s always nice to be complimented, isn’t it? Especially on

something we are passionate about. Like our faith…our

family…or our writing. The Weekly Writing Challenge offers a

wonderful way to encourage others. As Christians, even when

pointing out ways for others to improve, we are to do it in a

constructive way, to build up and inspire them in their gift.

Yes, there are times when we need to tell someone the hard truth.

And sometimes the truth hurts. But we should always be

considerate and kind, being careful not to damage their spirit in

the process. It’s a fine line that isn’t always easy to

discern. That said, a positive word is always in order, so look

for opportunities to offer praise and encouragement every day.



Be sure to read the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at

the end of this newsletter to see what your fellow members have

to say about the nicest compliment they’ve ever received about

their writing.





ANNOUNCING THE 2012 BEST OF THE BEST WINNERS!



Speaking of compliments, what better compliment than being named

the Best of the Best? And that’s what we call the winner of the

annual Writing Challenge Best of the Best contest. All 36 of the

past year’s 1st place Editor’s Choice entries were rated and

judged for the title of the very best (affectionately known as

BoB). As always, there was stiff competition. So much talent here

at FaithWriters! But one entry stood out above all the rest. For

her extremely creative entry, UPLOAD COMPLETE (Upload/Download

topic), the 1st place winner is….



ALLISON EGLEY!



Woo-hoo!! We couldn’t be more thrilled for Allison! Not only

does she get to wear the Best of the Best crown for the next

year, but she also walks away with $300 cash!



Read Allison’s winning entry here:

http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=82&sid=00e892b7a1ded54f99ef4e135e0c95c2



Congratulations are also in order for the two runners up in the

Best of the Best contest. And they are…



2nd place – MARITA THELANDER for her entry, Hail Mary (This

Side of Paradise topic):

http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-previous.php?id=40226



3rd place – LINDA GERMAIN for her entry, Who Was that Scary

Man? (Encouragement topic):

http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-editors-previous.php?id=41943



Marita and Linda will be awarded $100 and $75, respectively.



Congratulations to all three of these talented ladies. Please

join us on the message boards to leave your message of

congratulations!

(http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=82&sid=00e892b7a1ded54f99ef4e135e0c95c2)



YOU could be the next Best of the Best winner! There’s only one

catch… you have to enter the Challenge! For complete rules,

regulations, and guidelines, visit the Main Challenge Page:

http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php





ALL MEMBERS - BLOGGING CONTEST FOR PAID WRITING OPPORTUNITIES



So have you heard about this awesome opportunity? This contest is

open to any level (Silver, Gold, and Platinum), and gives you a

chance to not only blog about excellent ministries that are

spreading the gospel, but also to win great prizes, including

paid writing opportunities! If you have never blogged, please

don’t be afraid. You simply write an article, following the

contest instructions, and post it. The first blogging opportunity

is with The Pocket Testament League (PTL) (http://www.ptl.org/).

There is a minimum of $325.00 in prizes for this one contest.

Plus the winners would have a great opportunity to impress the

Pocket Testament League with their articles and earn the right to

more work.



Just think, you get to hone your craft with a topic and a

deadline, gain exposure, and you help promote a solid Biblical

ministry spreading the good news about Jesus, and build treasure

in heaven! If that is all you get, you have already won. But you

also have the chance for a paycheck in this world, and the chance

to earn more work from the Pocket Testament League. This is a

win, win situation and Mike needs your help. We can get many more

opportunities like this, if we have enough involvement. Please

get involved.



The DEADLINE for your PTL entry is July 7th at 10am so check this

out now.



For further clarification, and full details, visit this

FaithWriters Forum, where everything is spelled out for you, and

you can get your questions answered.

http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=92



This is the first of many article/blog contests with paid writing

opportunities or cash prizes. We have other ministries waiting in

the wings. We hope to hold an average of one contest every three

weeks, and more if the interest is there. Best wishes to all who

participate!





LOOKING AHEAD



The Challenge books are about to be re-launched! The newest book,

titled “Simple Pleasures” will be released in late

August/early September, so watch for the announcement, coming

soon! After that, the books should be coming at a fairly quick

pace, so if you are one of the authors who placed in the Weekly

Writing Challenge top 10 in the past several years, it won’t be

long before you see your story in print! For those of you who

will be included in the books, please note that although you may

have signed a release for FaithWriters, you will also be

contacted and asked to sign a release with Breath of Fresh Air

Press for each book you are in.



For complete details on how The Challenge works, or to submit

your entry, visit the Main Challenge Page:

http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php



GRAMMAR HELP



Do you need help, FREE HELP with your grammar? Help at your

fingertips available on your own computer? Well, we know Mike

does, so we made him download the absolutely free grammar and

spelling checker at

http://www.gingersoftware.com/grammar-and-spell-checker-2/?affId=1332&net=ho

. Now if only he remembers to use it, he might spare us some

agony (just kidding, Mike…sort of).



If you struggle in the area of grammar and spelling, this is for

you, too. It works on our forums, critiques, replies and other

areas, when using Internet Explorer. It also works in Word, and

many other programs. Download it today and get gooder grammar.







PRAY WORLDWIDE



This is a great place to catch a glimpse of those who visit

FaithWriters from around the world. You can see people who are

live on our site, and the thousands of locations around the world

who have visited. All in living color, on a live global map. It

makes you realize that this is a worldwide ministry and may give

you some ideas the next time you write something. Stop by and

check it out. Then take a few moments to say a short prayer. You

can even post your prayer, and we hope you will. Pray for

believers and the lost in that country on the other side of the

world that’s online when you are. Go here and scroll to the

bottom - http://www.faithwriters.com/whats-new.php .



FIFTY ONE



Thanks to all of your articles that attract worldwide visitors.

Fifty one of these visitors have indicated to us their acceptance

of Jesus as their personal Savior since 2-26-12. Pray for them.

http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount.php





OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS



Last month, members were asked the following question:



WHAT IS THE NICEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE RECEIVED ABOUT YOUR WRITING?



Here are a few of the responses received:





“I wrote a play that was performed a few months ago. Members of

the cast said, ‘This should go touring.’ Oh, wow!” -Sandra

Fernando



"You should be a writer." - Jan Chapman



“I felt every emotion and this will continue to touch a lot of

people. You write from your heart...and that is where God is.”

- Susan Allen



“The nicest compliment I’ve ever received came as a result of

an article I wrote that was published in a local magazine. The

article talked about a children’s home on Warm Springs Avenue

and how ‘harsh’ life was for the unwanted and unloved orphans

who lived there. A woman saw my article and said, ‘It inspired

me and my husband so much that we’ve decided to adopt a

child!’” - Leona Campbell



“I sent a few pages to a published author for a critique. This

was part of the reply:

‘I just skimmed your pages a minute ago, and I'm in awe of you.

You're very, very talented. You're a writer, absolutely! I'm

overjoyed. 99% of the time, the pages sent to me by aspiring

writers are not good, and then I have to be frank and hurt

feelings. But you rock!’"- Christina Banks



“Upon hearing that I'd chosen social work as a major and career

pursuit, an English instructor during my community college days

said, ‘Naw . . . be a writer.’ For me, that was a sign my

writing was not too shabby. The memory sticks out vividly in my

mind more than a dozen years later.” – Melinda Gregory



“My favorite comment was: ‘Thank you, your story inspired me

to let Jesus into my life. I am now a child of God!’" – Patsy





NEXT MONTH’S QUESTION:





WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE FICTION BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS

YEAR?



Send your 1-2 sentence response to

FaithWriters.contact@yahoo.com. Check back next month to see if

your answer was selected to appear.





WE APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH AND WISH YOU A WONDERFUL JULY! KEEP

WRITING FOR THE KINGDOM!