The Best Online Writing Course Contest Ever

The Best Online Writing Course Contest Ever

A lot of people have been telling me they wished they could register for the Damn Fine Words writing course. It’s launching May 7 for its 3rd edition, and people who write me say that if they could just get in on this course…

  • …they could finally start that online business, because they’d have the skills to write their web copy and blog for business.
  • …they could improve their writing skills and pull in more clients and money, instead of making the meagre income they’re slaving to earn right now.
  • …they could feel confident in their written communication for the first time in their lives, instead of agonizing over every piece they write.

These people know that Damn Fine Words is one of the best writing courses out there, and it could change their business game. They know it’s a life changer – and it could even be a life-changer for them.

I’d like to help make that change happen.

Welcome to the Damn Fine Words Writing Contest.

This contest is a friendly competition where your sincerity, desire to learn, and motivation to succeed counts. It’s a writing contest that isn’t about the quality of your writing so much as the quality of your thoughts on writing… and what you plan to do if you improve your writing skills.

Here’s what you can win:

Two people will win a place as a student in the May edition of the Damn Fine Words writing course. (Retail value $1,599.)

Winners will join the course as full-access students when class begins on May 17. They’ll benefit from the lessons, the hands-on exercises, the interactive forum and my personal feedback and support throughout the entire course.

Pretty awesome, right?

Here’s what you need to do:

Write a blog post about why writing is important to you and your business. Why becoming a better writer could literally change your life. How not feeling confident in your writing has affected you, and what it would mean to you to have that obstacle swept away.

I want to know why it’s important for you to be in the Damn Fine Words writing course.

Keep in mind that Damn Fine Words is a writing course for business owners, so if you have an idea for a business you’d love to start, an existing business that isn’t doing so well or an established business that could be doing much better, let me know.

The DFW Online Writing Course Contest Rules

  1. Write one blog post article of at least 450 words on why writing is important to you and how better writing skills would change your business or your life.
  2. Link to once in your post.
  3. Post your article to your blog.
  4. Come leave a comment here in the comment section and link to your post.
  5. Pat yourself on the back.

That’s all.

There are no points given for correct grammar or spelling. There are no points given for the fanciness of the words you choose or the quality of your sales writing. In fact, there are no points given for the quality of the writing at all.

What I’m looking for are two people who really wants to be in this writing course and who know this course can help them succeed.

I’m looking for two people who will show up every day and do their very best because improving their writing skills matters to them. I’m looking for two people who understand the value of writing and its worth to their business.

You don’t need fancy language or correct grammar or finely-honed writing to convey the sincerity of your passion. Trust me – I’ll see it.

Two judges will help me select the winners:

  1. Taylor Lindstrom is a professional writer who has worked closely with me for several years.
  2. Peter Shallard is the Shrink for Entrepreneurs and a business success consultant I work with on all my ventures.

The contest closes on May 1 at 7am Eastern. Have your submissions in before then, and we’ll select a winning post and contact the author directly. (Be sure to have a Contact page on your site, or leave us an email address here in the comments!)

Ready? Get writing!

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. This is a very surprising opportunity which I would absolutely love to win. I have always wanted to be able to write well, and would really like to in the near future write a non fiction book. You can read my entry at

  2. Sam Elijah says:
    I saw the contest while tweeting, and I thought i’m on a train, i have the time to sit and write. sure i’ll give it a shot.
    Writing a book, and owning my own business are both on my bucket list. so help me check off these two and i’ll show you the best writing i’ve got. ( i keep saving my best writing for one day,Time capsule? Memoirs?) I am a writer at heart, i’ve just been unsure.

  3. Thank you so much for offering this contest, James – the course sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see the results. Happy judging. 🙂

  4. Paula Schmidt says:

    What if I do not yet have a blog and am just starting out? I would LOVE to be part of this contest and the course! Can I enter any other way? Maybe by email?

    • Hey Paula, you’d have to publish it online somewhere so that other contestants, readers and judges can see the entry – otherwise it could get sticky for me!

  5. I am so excited I can barely sit still, never mind try to sleep now. I’m going to be on the edge until the winners are announced. It was hard to hit publish knowing I was publicizing the contest further and creating more competition. I will remain hopeful.

    Good luck to everyone.

  6. Good luck to all of us. It’s only 2 places and by the looks of it there is some major competition but I am sure we all gave it a “damn fine go”.

  7. Good luck to everyone. I am sure there is some major competition happening here with only 2 places but I’m positive we all gave it a DAMN FINE go!

  8. Just saw this. And wrote my post:

    🙂 Hoping I’ll win!

  9. Thanks for holding this contest. It is currently the only chance I have at taking your class.

  10. Hi James, thanks for the opportunity. This is the only chance I’ll have to get close to entry, because I cannot afford it. My fledgling business is a recent start-up and I’m a wannabe writer.

    I wish all the other contestants well.

    The shortlink to my post:

  11. Well, I opened the writer’s vein and the blood is spurting everywhere. I want to become a better writer and Damn Fine Words would be an amazing opportunity for myself, my (hopeful) business and all the vulnerable people I care about.

    Check it out:


  12. I have received an email recently to participate in the contest and I understand that the closing date is in May. This is my entry:

  13. Thank you for this fantastic opportunity! Really looking forward to the class, whether paid for with money or writing.

  14. This is an amazing opportunity. Thank you very much, it is so generous of you.
    This is my entry:
    I hope you enjoy:)

    Thank you

  15. *Breathe in and breathe out – here goes*

    Hola – I’d like to thank you so much for hosting this contest – it will make such a life-changing impact! I hope that not only can I tell you about why I need this course, but I can also show you. An ad-rev share site – I know – what was I thinking? But, hey, it’s part of my journey.

    i’m so EXCITED about this opportunity 🙂 I know that it will help me get to where I want to be.

    Here is my entry –

    You can reach me at


  16. Well, the website I used to host my entry is far from complete, but I hope my words deem me worthy.

    The contact page isn’t functional on that site, scott-at-guilefulmagic-dot-com will work to reach me after making the (hopefully) obvious substitutions.

  17. Count me in! Thank you, James. And thanks to Asrai and all the other contestants. If I get the opportunity to be a part of this class I will work hard to deserve it.

    You can read my entry here:

  18. what a wonderful and fun competition!

    here is a link to my blog post:

  19. sorry for the double entry above – it was over enthusiastic enter key :o)

  20. I do appreciate the opportunity to try and win a course like this. Thanks, even if I don’t win. You’ve at least gotten me to post again.

  21. Thank you, James, for this opportunity 🙂 Hope you enjoy reading my post!

  22. I can be reached at rnhend (at) gmail

    The link to my post is

  23. Robert Henderson says:
  24. With a pat on my back, I post!

  25. Thanks for this incredible opportunity, James! Good luck to everyone and congratulations on taking the step to enter!

  26. Thanks for the opportunity. My entry:

  27. Thanks for the entries everyone. I’ll take these to my consort of judges and we’ll review to decide the two lucky winners soon – good luck to all!

  28. Hi James,
    I posted my entry just a few minutes before the deadline expired.
    I am posting it again since it’s still missing.
    Also, in my haste and anxiety, I posted the link to my blog instead of the link to my blog post.
    So here it is again:
    Sorry for being so paranoid and thanks again.

    PS Good luck to all the participants of this contest.

  29. Just a quick note that winners will be announced today – there were so many great entries that we had a really hard time choosing just two!!

    • Mmhm.
      Thanks, James.
      Que sera sera…

      Results awaited with breath bated;
      With suspense is the mind sated.

    • Jessica says:

      Oh myzz! So exciting!!!
      I don’t envy your position – everyone was so different and so strong
      Good luck fellow writers/entrepreneurs 🙂


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