For you writers out there, here are 3 writing challenges/contests going on now in order of deadlines:
http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/ Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent: Showing VS Telling mini Contest. 25-75 words. Entry to be posted as a comment. Deadline Wed, Oct 22nd.
Prize: "Winner can choose an evaluation of ten pages of their work, or a $20 Amazon gift card."
http://community.eharlequin.com/forums/write-stuff/writers-challenge-4?page=8#comment-112343 Writer's Challenge - click Current Challenge for more info. Max 1000 words. Entry to be posted anytime between the morning of Oct 30 until midnight Oct 31st.
Prize: Peer recognition
http://scrollsquirrel.blogspot.com/2008/10/october-2008-prompt.html Love Inspired author, Cheryl Wyatt's monthly Prompt Contest. 500 word scene. Deadline Oct 31st.
Prize: Free Steeple Hill book
So there you go - 3 small contests you can enter to sharpen your writing skills. The first 2 will give you confidence of putting your work 'out there' but only Cheryl sees your entry for her prompt contest.