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Friday, April 1, 2011

Before I announce the winner of a Cecil Murphey Scholarship to She Speaks, I would like to say a few words to all who entered.

First, I am so proud of each of you.  Proud?  How can I be proud of someone I don't know?  Somehow, God allows me to love you like a sister without knowing you.  And as your sister, I'm proud you had the guts to put your writing on the line like you did.  Writing and submitting isn't for the faint of heart.  For some, it was the boldest thing you've ever done.  I recognize and honor that. 

Second, every submission we received had potential.  Every. One.  Do not ever let anyone tell you otherwise.  We saw your passion, your creativeness, your humor, your sensitivity, your depth of spiritual insight and your love for Jesus.  Writing is a craft that can be learned.  And every writer is somewhere on the continuum of learning.  Keep working hard and developing your writing skills.  We'll help.  We believe in you.

And third, even if you didn't win, there are a few more chances to win a scholarship.  I'll tell you how at the end of this post.  So, without any further delay, I'm happy to announce the first-place winner:

Ellen Stevens    "Raising Prophets"

Ellen's article will be featured in the July issue of the P31 Woman magazine, just in time for She Speaks - which she will be attending thanks to Cecil Murphey's generosity.  Get your hankies ready when you read it.

We selected second and third place winners in case Ellen is unable to attend the conference this year. They will be published this summer in the P31 Woman magazine.  They are:

2 - Lisha Hunnicutt  "Carving with the Master"
3 - Lori Hatcher "I Love You You're Looking Good"

There were also a number of articles that were selected as honorable mentions, and will be published either in the magazine or online at Everyday Life.  They are listed in alpha order.

Deborah Beauchamp  "Sunday After Sunday"
Kelli Combs "Lessons from a Momma Raccoon"
Cheryl Fellores  "untitled"
Debbie Graham "untitled"  (about son)
Nyla Gutekunst  "Reversing Roles"
Verbie Ann Helyger  "Relating to Singleness"
Jessica Kirkland  "Expect God's Radical Provision"
Karen Lembo  "What's Cooking in your Thought Life"
Jennifer Tubbiolo "Cleaning my House for an Aunt Who Never Visits"
Kori Yates "Blue-Haired Legacy"

There was one other article selected, but due to privacy issues it will be published anonymously, and so isn't listed. If your name is on this post, you should hear from the reviewer who first selected your article, then you'll hear from me in the next week to schedule your article. 

Thank you again to everyone who entered.  I'm praying the Lord blesses you in many ways.  And please try again. 

MORE CHANCES TO WIN

The Next Step Speaker Services is hosting another contest.  Enter by April 3rd at midnight.

She Reads is announcing one today.  This one looks awesome - to both enter and read the comments.  Enter by April 3rd at midnight.

She Seeks is also announcing one.  But you must be in your 20s to enter theirs. 

Ann Voscamp (one of our keynote speakers) is hosting one but you must enter by tomorrow.  Prepare to be wowed by her writing. 

And there will be a few more.  Subscribe to the She Speaks blog to receive the updates.


I love you, my friends.  Keep pressing on.  We're in this together.
Glynnis

9 comments:

ellen stevens said...

Wow! This is so exciting. Although, I hope it's not an April Fools prank! :)

Thank you for this opportunity. I'm looking forward to meeting you and all of your P31 team.

See you in July!

Laura said...

Congratulations to Ellen! Thank you for giving us this chance, I really enjoyed the opportunity. Many blessings to the P31 ladies and all the She Speaks attendees! Praying for wonderful things for you all!

Kim said...

Congratulations, Ellen! This was a great experience for me also. Thank you again P31 for your heart for God and His people!

Deb Clark said...

How excited for you all! And thank you, Glynnis, for all you do to encourage, mentor and cultivate women to step out in faith and do scary things! Bless you, Proverbs 31, She Speaks and all the other women who contribute to these resources. I have been so blessed by my encounters with you all -- at She Speaks, via the internet, blog posts, etc. God is working through these ministries and women in mighty ways! Thank you for hearing His call.

PS - praying for the editing of the P31 devotions and the upcoming Bible publication.

Lisha said...
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Lisha said...

Hats off to Ellen! I hope that God does a work in your life through She Speaks. Although I wasn't selected for the scholarship, I am thrilled that something I've written has been considered worthy of print. This is my first magazine article to be selected for publication which is an exciting moment in my life! Thanks P31 Ministries!

Danielle said...

Congrats to Ellen! And to the ladies that have their article coming out as well. I look forward to reading every one of them.

Thanks to all P31 for every opportunity that's being given to win a scholarship!

Kelli said...

Congrats to Ellen & all the ladies. I can't wait to meet you all at She Speaks! Thank you, Glynnis for this opportunity.

Jessica Kirkland said...

Congratulations Ellen! I might not have won the money, but I feel like I won - thanks for giving us the opportunity to be published even if we didn't get first place. It means the world to me! Thanks Glynnis.