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Umoja Writing Competition Concludes 2015

I am proud to have been involved in Umoja Writing Competition again this year.

Unite to write quote
Unite to write quote

Here is the last post about the competition for the 2015 comp:

Starting a writing competition seemed like an easy thing before I began. I soon found out that it’s difficult to publicise with so many other things  online. To make this competition stand out I had to make people aware that it was a worth literary competition, but also a fundraiser for a worthy cause. Ultimately, even the cause had a lot of competition. With so many fundraising ventures around the world there’s a lot of pressure to explain why this one means so much. There are many (too many) underprivileged people, so which cause to choose? Some people like donating to animal funds (I also support RSPCA and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust), some people donate to cancer or health causes, some people like to help refugees (and there are plenty at the moment), some people prefer to help their own backyard first (Australia) – all extremely worthy causes.

So why Umoja Orphanage Kenya?

For me it’s a life dream. I’ve always been fascinated in Africa. I could thank my Dad and the Tarzan movies we used to watch, but I think it’s deeper than that. We are all Earth’s people. We feel a connection to our own country (and I love Australia and am proud to be Australian) but we can also be connected to our wider world. For me it’s Africa. Maybe in a previous life I lived there. I’m not too sure why I feel I have to protect that area of Earth. Africa not only has some of the most unique animals on Earth (some close to extinction) but also some of the happiest but most hardshipped people. I like the idea of our world being united, particularly Australia and Africa. Then I came across Umoja, which means just that – unity.

Combined with writing

Combine that unity with my love of writing and Umoja Writing Competition was born. I’ll be looking for new ways to run this year’s competition to maximise what we can do for Umoja Orphanage Kenya. I’m not alone. As the competition has progressed more people have come in support.

Please let me know any ideas you may have. I’d appreciate any input from writers and supports of a united world. Help the competition be a success next year. Please go to the page and Follow. Thank you.


Posted in Charity, Writing Competitions, Writing tips

Choose your own wave (writing style) when entering Umoja Writing Competition

Choose your own wave when writing

Here’s another writing quote to inspire you to write.

I hope you get your entry in to Umoja Writing Competition and test your writing. Entries close 6th August 2015. We need as many entries as possible to make this competition a success for the Umoja Orphanage Kenya. Please pass on to all your writing friends.

Here’s some more writing tips to help you in your quest to write:

  • Membership in a national professional writing group can help you establish a professional image
  • Write often, even if it’s just notes and scribbles
  • Writing competitions build writing skills and test you against other writing styles Enter
  • Inspiration often comes from nature. Look around you.
  • Keep a notebook and don’t let any of those brilliant ideas slip away
  • Set writing goals you can reach. Once reached expand them further.
  • Attend workshops and conferences to enhance your writing craft
  • Encourage other writer
  • Write, write & write (edit re-write, edit re-write, edit re-write) polish

Good luck with your entry in this unique writing competition.


First posted to Umoja Orphanage Writing Competition site.