After few weeks’ break (did anyone go through withdrawals??), the FaithWriters Writing Challenge is back in action – with the first topic of 2016,RESOLUTION, announced yesterday.  And with the new topic, and new year, come a few changes, as announced by FW lady and Writing Challenge Coordinator Deb Porter.

The first change is that each challenge quarter will no longer have a theme. Topics will be chosen with care to provide loads of variety, as well as plenty of creative stretching (some weeks more than others). You will never know what topic to expect from one week to the next.

This has been made possible by a change to the publishing aspect of the Writing Challenge. With a lot of books still to be published, the only sane thing to do was to make a change to the future publication options:

1. All the Mixed Blessings books based on the quarterly Challenges to date (finishing December 2015) will be rolled out as promised. Hopefully at least four this year. Editing has begun on Book 3, and it’s going to be a fun book.

2. Commencing with the first Writing Challenge of 2016, only the three highest ranked entries each week will be considered for publication in a planned annual Mixed Blessings book (to be released within 12 months of the final topic of each year). The book will not have a theme, but will be promoted as the very best of the Challenge.

Apart from the publication aspect, don’t forget the incredible blessing open to Platinum members. There were 68 ratings feedback reports prepared in the last quarter, and the response to those reports was overwhelmingly positive. So many of you thought this was the most important aspect of the Challenge. More important, Deb was able to see people grow during that quarter. We had more than a few finish up the year placing in their Level for the first time, and some even making it to the Editors’ Choice. So if you are a Platinum member, make sure you take advantage of at least one of your three feedback credits each quarter.


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