Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Write to Win: Writing Tips from a Contest Judge

"Write to Win: Writing Tips from a Contest Judge" is one of several talks sponsored by the University of Missouri-St. Louis that will take place on its campus Saturday, Sept 14 from 1–4 p.m. Instructor Donna Volkenannt will share valuable information about why good writing isn’t always enough to win writing competitions. Volkenannt is a frequent contest judge and first place winner of the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Writing Competition. She will share tips and strategies and some of the little things that give winning entries the edge.  

Volkenannt is a former UMSL student whose essays, short stories, book reviews, interviews, and articles have appeared in numerous commercial and literary publications. She has edited several literary anthologies and served as a judge in local, state, regional, and national writing competitions.
Winner of almost 100 writing awards, her works have also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Spur Award. She received honorable mention in the Fourth Annual National Steinbeck Short Story Competition. A past president of the Missouri Writers’ Guild and founding president of Saturday Writers, when Donna's not reading, writing, or talking about writing, she blogs about the sweet mysteries of life at

This seminar is part of The Write Stuff Certificate Program. The cost of the seminar is $65, payable by cash, check, or charge. Make checks payable to the University of Missouri–St. Louis. To register by phone, call (314) 516-6590, or see Diana Rehagen, 302 J.C. Penney Bldg. on the UMSL Campus. Visit their website for more information.

Write soon,


  1. Donna certainly knows her stuff! Thanks for this reminder.

  2. Thanks, Mary. You are so sweet to mention me on your blog.