Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

It’s that time of year again:

The Damn Fine Words writing course opens to new students on September 8, 2014.

This writing course is changing the game for business owners around the world, because it teaches effective content-creation techniques that help cut down your writing time, make it twice as productive, boost your confidence, and target the right readers, with the right message.

The Damn Fine Words writing course works. It’ll change your writing, your business – possibly even your life.

Each time I prepare for a new session of Damn Fine Words, I also open up a writing contest for all my readers. Many people tell me that they’d love to register for the course, because if they could just get in…

  • They’d learn how to write more engaging website copy that draws in much-needed clients.
  • They’d create content that brings results, instead of struggling with what to write and putting their words out there.
  • They’d gain confidence and could feel excited about writing, maybe even for the first time in their lives, instead of agonizing over every word.

I support those goals wholeheartedly. And I want to help make that change happen.

The Damn Fine Words Writing Contest:

This writing contest is a friendly competition where your sincerity, desire to learn, and motivation to succeed counts more than anything.

This contest isn’t about the quality of your writing so much as the quality of your determination … and what you would do, if you could join the course and improve your writing skills.

What You Can Win:

One person will win a full scholarship to the September 2014 session of Damn Fine Words (retail value $1,399). The runner-up will win a 50% scholarship applicable to their registration for the September session.

Both the winner and runner-up will become full-access students who will directly benefit from the course lessons, hands-on exercises, immediately applicable advice, and interactive members-only area.

Winners will also receive my personal support and feedback throughout the entire duration of the course.

How to Enter the Writing Contest:

You don’t have to be a writer-for-hire to enter the contest. It’s open to any writer, freelancer, small business owner, or entrepreneur, in any type of industry at all.

All you have to do is write an article or a blog post about why writing is important to your business success.

You could write about how becoming a better, faster, more confident writer would literally change your life and your business. You could write about how not feeling sure about your writing has affected your business already. You could write about what it would mean to you to have that obstacle swept away forever.

In other words, write about why it’s important for you to be in the Damn Fine Words writing course.

  1. Your blog post or article should be at least 450 words. (This isn’t a brevity contest, after all.) Do keep it under 1,500 words, though.
  2. Your blog post or article must be posted to a publicly-viewable location. No private entries will be accepted.
  3. Come back here and leave me a comment that links to your post.
  4. Pat yourself on the back.

That’s all.

No points are given for correct grammar or spelling. No points are given for fancy words or brilliant prose. In fact, there are no points given for the quality of writing at all.

I’m looking for two people whose businesses have a better chance at success because they committed themselves to improving their content-creation skills. I want to work with people who are driven to succeed and who understand that this writing course could take their business to the next level.

I want students who are dedicated to showing up every day and doing their very best – people who are ready, willing and able to dedicate themselves to their self-improvement.

You don’t need pretty language or finely-honed writing to convey that. Trust me – I’ll see it.

The Damn Fine Words writing contest closes on August 31, 2014 at 7am (eastern time zone).

I’ll select two winning posts and contact winners directly, so be sure to have a Contact page on your blog or website, or let me know your email address in some other way.

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. Heya, I’m Chiara, James’s # 1 fan.

    I took the course last September. It was the 2nd best decision I made last year.

    What’s the best?

    Glad you asked. It’s deciding to write that damned scholarship entry that took me one whole week to write. Absolutely worth it.

    I try to convince you here:

    I have nothing to gain from that post. I’m just so grateful for its existence that I have to do my part in convincing you to take it.

  2. Thanks for the post. This scholarship will be a very huge success for me and my blog as it will help me to improve my writing and make a name for myself in the writing world. This will be a good benefit for me as I will make change with my writing and make the world a better place in writing only I can be one of the top writers in the world who their names will be left behind after I have passed away. This scholarship will be an opportunity for me as I will leave my dream and my voice will reach where I will never be and I wish to be.

    I say this is one huge opportunity I have been waiting for. A will take me to dream of being the number one blogger in south africa and hopefully in the whole world as well. Thank you

  3. James,

    You’ve already been an inspiration in my career. I hope we get a chance to work together. Here’s my post:

  4. Here I am again, with a few more dollars hidden under my desk- hoping for that scholarship. I’ve been running in circles since I first started entering this contest. I need some help! Some direction! A free class…:-)
    Here you go, again ( isn’t that a movie with Goldie Hawn? Sorry that’s ‘Seems like Old TImes’- really I should write this out first -then edit- then post. Well, not going to happen. -GRIN-

    Here’s the link

  5. Hi,

    I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity.

    I recently came to the conclusion that I want to use writing to create the rest of my life.

    I see how this course will make this possible for me. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Thank you so much for the opportunity, James! I won’t disappoint 🙂

    My entry:

  7. Wow, these are some seriously good entries. I see I’ll have my work cut out for me to choose a winner!

  8. Hi James! Thank you for this opportunity. Here’s my entry:

  9. Hi James

    It’s that time again. Here’s my entry. Tough competition this time (well it always is). Thank you and enjoy.


  10. Hi James!
    The chance to enter this contest has ignited a new desire to learn correct writing techniques and begin submitting articles, blogs etc. that will grow my business.

    Please go to the blog section of my website to see my submission.

    Many thanks for this opportunity and I look forward to beginning the course shortly.

    Lorne Durham

  11. Hi James,

    Here’s my entry:

    Thanks for your consideration.


  12. Hi James!

    Sorry for the typo errors spelling my name in the initial submission. The email address and website are correct

    Sincerely, Lorne

  13. Hello James,
    The timing of this opportunity could not have been better. Please find my submission at:

    Thank you for this opportunity,

  14. I’m telling you, my heart is racing like crazy. Eeek! Here’s my entry:
    James, thank you so very much for the opportunity! It was a really fun assignment to get down into words why I’d really love to win. Even if I don’t win I have gained. See you around soon!

  15. Hi James,
    Thanks for this great opportunity to get a place in the Damn Fine Words course.
    Here’s my entry:
    (I think I’m just in time.)
    Sorry, I had an accident and injured my head and face. Thankfully, no permanent damage though I was unconscious for a while.
    Life is fragile, eh!
    I’m looking forward to reading all the other entries.
    Thanks again for shining so bright.

  16. Pete Soucy says:

    The link below is to what my entry into the scholarship contest would have been had I been present enough to follow very clear direction in meeting the public posting requirement within the timing deadline. I’ve just finished reading all the entries and am very impressed. All the entrants, in total, provide a huge lesson for me in willingness to lay their work out in the open for not only their mentor but for their peers – and the review comments that such an action invites. It strikes me that just maybe, my messing up the public posting of a link wasn’t as accidental as I wanted to believe. So, for no other reason than surrendering to the discipline of “JUST DO IT!”, the live DropBox link is open to whomever. Have at it!
    Thank you, Pete

    • HI Pete,
      I absolutely loved your post. Thanks for sharing it with us. My favorite line: “…I’ll be flashing a Damn Fine Smile.” (I wish I’d thought of it.)
      Yes, I too procrastinated until the last hour before submitting my entry.
      Irrespective of the results, all of us are winners for having the courage to post our entries.
      I wish you all success in your writing.

      • Hi Rohi,
        Thank you for the comment, kind words & encouragement. Your intent to take the course even though you’ve crossed the ebook publishing threshold impressed me a lot. The drive to keep learning, when others cannot see why you might need or want to, is very special. Bravo!
        Feels a bit strange to be a newbie at this but pretty exciting at the same time. Am really looking forward to this next step forward.
        Thanks again,

        • HI, Pete.
          I’ve added “Never Too Late – A 90-Year-Old’s Pursuit of a Whirlwind Life” by Roy Rowan to my reading list.
          I really appreciate your positive attitude.
          Thanks again for your kind encouragement.
          One of my favorite quotes: “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” Seneca

  17. Wow – I have some very difficult decisions to make this session. You guys wrote GREAT posts, and have really made this the best contest round ever for me. It’s been awesome to read all your entries and learn more about you, so everyone gets a high five.

    I’ll be in touch with all entrants before Saturday, 5pm eastern, to let you know the results. Best of luck to all of you!

  18. Thanks a ton, James – you made my day, too. 🙂
    All the best to all of us – we are all winners, already.
    Two more days before we know.
    (Slow down, my racing heart…)

  19. Hi James,
    Who are the lucky winners?
    (“The suspense is unbearable. I hope it lasts.” Oscar Wilde)

  20. Sorry, guys! We’re having a *really* tough time deciding this round, so I’ll need an extra day to make the final decision. I’ll definitely be in touch with everyone by end of day tomorrow – stay tuned!

    • Hi James,
      Thank you very much for the update.
      I have to confess I had the irresistible urge to check my email and this page every few minutes / moments all day yesterday.
      And that was BEFORE the deadline.
      After the deadline, I wondered whether I should ask you about the winners.
      Would you think I was being too pushy? Too needy? Too uncool?
      Now I’m glad I asked.
      All in all, it was an extremely interesting day.
      “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” ~Dr. Seuss 🙂

  21. Hi James,

    This is a great opportunity, I believe it will be of great help to my writing skill on my blog!! my question is this; is it possible for a fellow like me in far away Nigeria to attend?

    Thank you

  22. Hi,
    I’m just wondering if you will be offering this for the February 2015 course? I would love to take a shot at it!

    • I definitely will be, Kerry. It’s important to me that everyone has a shot at taking the course, so I typically offer the scholarship each time I open a new session. Stay tuned for it in January!

  23. Really looking forward to the course in February James. you are definitely making dreams come true with the scholarship.

  24. Any chance you will have another contest? I know my writing skills need improvement 🙂

    • There sure will be another contest, Chris! I’m prepping for the February session of Damn Fine Words as we speak, and the contest will be posted within the next couple of weeks. (Yes, I just gave everyone reading these comments an unfair advantage…)


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