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DialMyCalls Offers Third Annual Tweet For Success College Scholarship Contest

DialMyCalls Scholarship 2015

For the third year in a row DialMyCalls.com, a web-based voice broadcasting and SMS text messaging service, will be offering college students a chance to win one of four (4) $ 250 scholarships. Last year the company received over 12,000 entries and hopes to have an even bigger turnout for the 2015 Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest.

Following an extremely successful 2014 scholarship contest, DialMyCalls is thrilled to launch the third annual Twitter-inspired competition. This year the company has asked students to, in 140 characters or less, explain the benefits of online courses and degrees vs. traditional schooling.

Four students that are enrolled in college for the upcoming 2015 fall semester can enter to win one of four (4) $ 250 scholarships. Lengthy essay requirements for scholarships are a thing of the past as DialMyCalls offers students a shot a winning $ 250 with a submission that is 140 characters or less.

The DialMyCalls staff will go through and approve every tweet that is submitted into the scholarship contest. Every student that receives approval will be sent an email that contains a unique URL to acquire votes it is encouraged to share that link with friends and family via email and social media to receive as many votes as possible. Two (2) of the $ 250 scholarships will be awarded to the contest submissions with the most votes while the other two (2) will be selected by DialMyCalls staff members.

The 2015 DialMyCalls.com Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest ends on September 18, 2015 and the four winners will be notified within 7 days after the contest deadline winners will be officially announced once verified.

Enter for a chance to win one of four (4) $ 250 scholarships by submitting a unique Twitter-inspired message, in 140 characters or less, explaining the benefits of online courses and degrees vs. traditional schooling. To view the official rules/guidelines and enter a submission for DialMyCalls’ third annual Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest, please visit http://www.DialMyCalls.com.

About DialMyCalls

DialMyCalls.com offers an extremely effective and efficient voice broadcasting and SMS text messaging service. Schools all across the United States have been utilizing the school notification system offered by the company to keep in contact with faculty, students and parents via phone call, text message and email. Year after year DialMyCalls continues to offer upcoming college students the chance to win a scholarship by entering their annual Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest.

For more information, please visit http://www.dialmycalls.com or call (800) 928-2086. You can also email tsmith(at)ontimetelecom(dot)com for additional information.


Winning Writers Increases Prizes in Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest to $4,000

Northampton, MA (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

Winning Writers has increased the prize pool of the 23rd annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest to $ 4,000. The top two winners will each receive $ 1,500. Ten Honorable Mention winners will each receive $ 100. All winning entries will be published on WinningWriters.com.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work, up to 6,000 words per entry. The entry fee is $ 16. Entries are accepted from any country. Submit entries online by April 30 at https://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory.

Arthur Powers returns as the final judge of the contest, assisted by Lauren Singer. Mr. Powers is author of A Hero for the People (Press 53)a collection of short stories set in Braziland The Book of Jotham (Tuscany Press), which won the 2012 Tuscany Press Novella Award. He has received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, three annual awards for short fiction from the Catholic Press Association, the 2014 Catholic Arts & Literature Award for adult fiction, and second prize in the 2008 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest for “The Bridge”. He is the contemporary editor emeritus of CatholicFiction.net, judge of the 2015 Dappled Things JF Powers Short Story Contest, and serves on the board of The Raleigh Review.

In the previous contest, 1,028 participants were judged by Arthur Powers with assistance from Lauren Singer. Mr. Powers shares his thoughts below:

“Judging the 2014 contest has been a big job, but a pleasant one. Selecting the winners was a challenging task, but I believe that they represent the very best from among the many, many good entries we received.

“In fiction, First Prize goes to ‘Drawing Water’ by Jeremy Kamps, a wonderfully written, moving story about two sisters in rural Kenya. The author captures a sense of Kenyathe story takes us into the culture, experiencing tribal life from the inside, so that we empathize with the vividly portrayed human relationships.

“Among the Honorable Mentions, Atossa Shafaie’s ‘Growing Pains’ also takes us inside another culture; it tells the story of an immigrant Iranian girl finding her identity in a country foreign to her parents. Peggy Schimmelman’s ‘Gerontophobia’ is a finely crafted story, with a twist worthy of O. Henry. Greg Wright’s ‘Where Nothing Ever Happens’ is a truly unique and intriguing philosophical sci-fi work that zeroes in on the meaning of ‘nothing’. ‘Roommates’ by Linda Heuring focuses on how, especially when we are young, we tend to label people as weird without fully understanding them.

“Judging is blindI did not know the identity of the authors. When judging was completed, I discovered that two of the stories I placed in the Honorable Mention category are by Deb Elkink. So Ms. Elkink, who is a fine writer, receives two Honorable Mentions: for ‘Wet’, the story of a hardened young woman going home to British Columbia to care for her mentally-challenged brother, and ‘Thaw’, a story of a young North American woman rediscovering, through a visit to Turkey, how important her own faith roots are to her.

“In nonfiction, First Prize goes to ‘How to Fight Like A Girl’ by Courtney Campbella biting, hard-hitting personal account of a young woman’s encounters with sexual predators in our modern society. Campbell’s approach and style are brilliant. She draws the reader into her story, allowing us to experience her shame, frustration, and anger, yet maintains a distance that gives the piece a critical objectivity, increasing its impact.

“Honorable Mentions for nonfiction include Lisa Rehfuss’ ‘He’s Coming For Me’, a suspenseful first-person narrative set in Atlantic City; Frank Light Jr.’s ‘What To Do’, an account by a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan who returns there with the Army as a development officer; and Mia Herman’s ‘Leap of Faith’, in which a young Orthodox Jewish woman reflects on the problem of pain. The Honorable Mentions are rounded out with a very funny essay about the dating scene: ‘Born-Again Anthropologist’ by L. Lanser-Rose.

“Many of the submissions we received were polished stories and essays, but many others needed work. Common problems included awkward wording, failure to maintain the voice or tone of the narrative, characters who needed further development, and endings that were rushed or poorly developed. Some entries had grammatical errors, confusions of tense or point of view, or suffered from over-use of clich