Monday, April 14, 2014

Killer Monday: The Killer Storytelling Writing Contest Deadline Extended

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Monday, April 14, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (spooning, cuddling, and canoodling...I'll leave it at that)
  • __4__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (revisions due...high alert...must have energy...robot replenishment)
  • __8 hrs  Spent Writing (like I said, revisions on Book #2 due!!!!!)
  • _1__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (microwaved chicken fingers...sad but true)
So this  School District Writing Contest that I dreamed up is really making waves! After three full weeks of daily presentations, over a dozen high schools, thousands of students, and one exhausted B-word, the interest and participation in the "Killer Storytelling Writing Contest" has blown me away. So much so that I am officially extending the deadline a few more days to ensure that the students who wish to participate can get back from Spring Break, share their writing with their teacher/mentors, and submit their entries on time. Originally I had set the deadline to Sunday, April 20th (Easter Sunday), but that will not do. The new extended deadline is Tuesday, April 22nd by midnight. I've been invited on to radio and TV shows in the valley to talk about the contest, and you better believe I'm gonna promote the heck out of this sucker.

I can't even explain the gratification and fulfillment I've received from interacting with the youth in the community. After every presentation, there was ALWAYS at least one student (if not a crowd) who would come up to me with stars in their eyes, hoping that they could write a story that meant something. It makes me want to cry, laugh, and rejoice that I might have had a positive effect on these kids' lives. What an experience!

Plus, I've upped the ante: the top winner not only wins 1- a laptop for themselves; 2- a laptop for the teacher they nominate in their submission; but I'm throwing in another killer prize:

A KILLING RUBY ROSE-designed guitar signed by members of the Vegas band, The Killers!

So, if  any of you readers out there in the internets ;) are high schoolers or have high school-aged children in the Clark County School District, please encourage them to write a first page of a story, (only 250 words), and submit it to Judy Myers via the CCSD Partnership Program at:

The official rules/instructions are as follows:

One Page Storytelling Writing Contest
Sponsored by Jessie Humphries, author of Killing Ruby Rose
and Downtown Projects

Theme: “Killer Storytelling”
Use your imagination to write the first page of whatever you deem to be a “killer” (i.e. a cool, awesome, impressive) story.

The contest is designed to encourage 9th – 12th grade students to submit the first page of a story that will grab a reader’s interest--to create a hook, a sense of intrigue, and a reason for the reader to want more. Students are expected to write, revise, and revise some more on this one-page/250 words maximum contest.

Contest Rules
·      Open to all students in grades 9-12
·      Any genre or theme (fantasy, sci-fi, romance, mystery, etc.)
·      Maximum of 250 original words
·      Inappropriate language or gratuitous violence is grounds for disqualification.

·      Send your 250 word first page of a story to:
School mail
Judy Myers
School-Community Partnership Program #0145
US Mail
Judy Myers
c/o Western High School
4601 W. Bonanza Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
E-Mail (attached word document)
·      Make sure to include your name, high school, email address, and a nomination for a teacher-mentor who helped you with your submission
·      Submissions are due no later than midnight on April 22, 2014

·      The Top 10 Finalists will be announced at the Killing Ruby Rose book launch at the Container Park Downtown, Friday May 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm (attendance is not mandatory to win), and receive a Ruby Rose themed gift basket with an autographed copy of Killing Ruby Rose and other killer gifts
·      Top 10 Finalists and two guests also gain entrance to the private Killer Storytelling Concert Benefit at the Inspire News Café Theater Downtown on Saturday May 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm (attendance not necessary to win) and a printed copy of the “Killer Storytelling Anthology” containing all entries
·      From among the finalists, one winning student (announced the evening of the concert) and their nominated teacher-mentor will each receive a laptop computer
·      Two runners-up will receive a Kindle Paperwhite

***For more information on the Writing Contest and Killing Ruby Rose Book Launch events, please visit

Jessie With A Shot At the Night


  1. Sounds like such an awesome contest to support the budding writers in your community. What a fantastic idea! So glad it's going so well.

  2. Yes, I imagine you're one exhausted B word, but what an experience for you--and those kids! Way to be a dream maker.

  3. How freaking cool are you, Jessie? Amazing!

  4. I love this! Oh, to still be a dreaming teenager...

  5. Wow, very cool! You have great ideas, Jesse. Sounds like the launch will be a huge success. Congrats!

  6. How freaking amazing are you??!! I've been gone from the blogging world forever and when I come back you're straight up ruling the world:) Seriously, though, so awesome what you are doing and sooooooo excited for your book in May!

  7. That is SO FREAKING AWESOME! You're amazing, Jessie.

  8. I love your energy and creativity. Do you know how to do anything small? :-)