A Year of Giveaways!

I love competitions! It all started when I was in elementary school and my mother made me enter a Daughters’ of the American Revolution (DAR) writing contest. Although I enjoyed writing songs and poems at that age, the idea of writing a story–and a historical-based one at that–held no appeal. But the more I researched facts for my story, the more interesting the task became and to make a long story short, I won the contest. What a thrill! The DAR gave me prize money and a free lunch with their local chapter. (Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?!)

Over the years I went on to enter more writing contests, as well as lucky draw competitions that didn’t require a creative task. Sometimes I’d win and sometimes I’d lose, but on those days that I won, that overpowering thrill would come back. While I’m not a gambling woman (except for the occasional small bets with family members), I do like to satisfy my thrill of gaining more than I started with by entering competitions.

By now you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you this (or are at least saying to yourself, “Get on with it, woman!”). It’s because I also love the thrill that comes with giving to others, and this year I plan on spending the entire year doing just that. Every month on my blog, there will be a new giveaway. Some of the giveaways will be lucky draws and some of the giveaways will require you to do a creative task, such as write a poem, story pitch, etc. The plan is to have a mix of competitions.

As January is more than half way through, let’s get the ball rolling. I have two items to giveaway to one lucky winner: a TW64 Bluetooth Smart Bracelet and a Chartwell waterproof notebook.

If you haven’t used a waterproof notebook before, you’re missing out. They’re great for taking notes while walking in the rain, or for jotting down ideas while in the bath. Living in England, I walk in the rain a lot, so having a notebook that won’t get soggy is a must!

A must for jotting down ideas in the bath!

To be in with a chance to win, just enter the Rafflecopter below.

This month is purely a lucky draw but watch out for next month when I’m going to ask you to put in a bit of effort to win. If you want to be the first one to hear of my giveaways each month, then be sure to sign up for my newsletter (and confirm the subscription, or you won’t be signed up).

There’s one entry per person and the giveaway runs worldwide, finishing at 11.59 GMT on Monday, 20 February.

PS If you follow my blog, you’ll know that my daughters entered a “Create a Gingerbread Cottage” competition in December to win a holiday voucher. I’m pleased to say they won! Just one more reason for me to give back to the universe this year. But remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! Good luck everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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35 Responses to A Year of Giveaways!

  1. This is such a great idea. It’s raining prizes and surprises.

  2. Jill Giesbrecht says:

    You’re a very generous person! I wonder if we’re allowed to win from you more than once. 😉

    I think your input on stories and writing is very good, so prizes like a critique would be great. For competitions, perhaps an opening lines or closing lines competition?

    • admin says:

      Of course you can win more than once. And thanks for the suggestions, Jill–I think an opening line competition is a brilliant idea!

  3. Kate Robinson says:

    Oh, what fun! Thank you Rebecca.

  4. admin says:

    You’re very welcome! Thanks for stopping by, Kate!

  5. Myrna Foster says:

    Thank you! Good luck with your writing this year!

  6. Mona Pease says:

    Oh, Rebecca, what fun!!! As for prizes, I think you and your girls probably already have a long list going! Thank you for being so generous. WOW!!!

  7. Beth Gallagher says:

    Very cool to do this year! You’re very kind and generous. 🙂 Here’s to a very successful 2017!

  8. Looks like you plan on having a fun year, and thanks for bringing us along on the ride.

  9. Janet Frenck Sheets says:

    One of the hard parts of being an adult is that our “surprises” are often less than fun. The car breaks down, the dog throws up, etc. Thank you for providing someone with a happy surprise!

  10. How generous of you! I can’t was it to see what contests you have in store four us!

  11. Jena Benton says:

    What a great idea to do some work for a little prize. And of course a give away too. =)

  12. Morag Caunt says:

    What a brilliant idea, I love competitions too. It’s the tingling suspense waiting for the post or phone on result day.

  13. Happy New Year, Rebecca! Great prizes and CONGRATULATIONS to your daughters on their gingerbread win!

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Marcia! It was such a huge surprise. They had so much fun entering and even more fun choosing their vacation cottage.

  14. Hope Lim says:

    Happy New Year, Rebecca! Thanks for the generous prizes!

  15. How fun! I’ve always wanted to try that Watershed notebook… Contests are the best!

    • admin says:

      I LOVE my Watershed notebook! I use a second one for school visits and pretend it’s a MAGIC notebook–to go along with the whole magical witch theme. The kids love it too!

  16. Kelly Vavala says:

    Thank you for the inspiration! It’s a pleasure to “meet” you! I look forward to the challenges.,.some by luck others by creativity! Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Natalie White says:

    This is such a cool competition! I’d love Amazon/book store voucher competitions 🙂

  18. Amy J says:

    Thanks for the competition!
    I love doing creative competitions – would love to see some of them!

  19. Sam Rhodes says:

    This is a fab competition, I really like stationary competitions, you can never have too much! 🙂

  20. Sarah Ann says:

    Such a lovely idea! Surprises are the BEST – love the mystery!!

  21. This is a lovely idea, Rebecca. Long may you be the recipient of wonderful surprises yourself!

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