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Join me today (Sunday, Feb. 10) for a discussion of pet loss and how to cope with it on Animal Blessings radio online at 5:30 p.m.–6 p.m. Central time.
Petlitzer Prize Writing Contest Seeks Halloween-themed Pet-related Short Story Submissions
Love animals? Love to write? Love Halloween? Animal-loving writers are invited to submit their pet-related, Halloween-themed short stories to the Petlitzer Prize Contest. “The name ‘Petlitzer Prize’ just came to me one day, as a kind of play on words, a sort of Pulitzer for animal-related works,” said multiple-award-winning author/animal chaplain, Sid Korpi, (“Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss,” http://www.goodgriefpetloss.com, named “Best Book of the Year in the Self-Help Category” by Premier Book Awards) who came up with this contest to recognize quality efforts in writing regarding animals and celebrating the human-animal bond.
This round of the Petlitzer Prize contest is devoted to pet-related short stories of a Halloween-themed nature. Stories may be fiction or creative nonfiction, 400–700 words in length. The deadline for submission is October 15, 2012 with winners announced live on the Dog Works Radio show on or around Halloween Eve. There is no fee for entering, but only one submission per category is allowed.
Here are some basic ground rules for Petlitzer Prize entries in any or all categories:
1. You must be the author of the piece. Plagiarism is an absolute no no!
2. Entries should not have been previously published in book form (on your own blog is fine) as of the date you submitted it. Meaning that if you get it snatched up by Random House the week after you send it to me, you’re still qualified for this prestigious contest—and congratulations!
3. Entries must be received by October 15, 2012. A winner will be chosen, aired and posted by no later than Oct. 30. (I and a panel of pet experts, including but not limited to Dr. Robert and Michelle Forto, dog trainers and co-hosts of popular “Dog Works” Blog Talk Radio show, will be judging the submissions.)
4. Please be sure to have a second pair of eyes proofread your entries well. Grievous typos/grammar gaffs will most likely disqualify you.
5. You may only enter one piece in any given round, but you may enter a different single piece in every subsequent category throughout the year. New categories will be posted shortly after the after the deadline is reached.
6. Winners (First, Second, Third and/or Honorable Mention, depending on the number and quality of submissions) will receive a certificate of achievement for their efforts and have their work posted on my blog, Facebook fan page, Twitter, etc. (As well as on the Dog Works sites.) First place winners also will receive a handsome medallion. If you have a website, please be sure to submit your URL to be directly linked from my blog in case you win.
7. Winners will also have their works (or excerpts from them) read live on Dr. Robert Forto’s very popular Blog Talk Radio show “Dog Works.” (Air dates will be announced in advance, and the show will be available thereafter in archived form.)
8. No pornography whatsoever will be allowed. Nor will pieces depicting gratuitous violence toward animals (except for the purpose of decrying such acts or as truly salient parts of a story’s plot). I have the final say as to whether entries will be accepted. People of all ages and walks of life may be seeing or hearing these, so the work must be acceptable for a general audience.
9. Send your submission in a Word doc or pasted directly into an email with “Petlitzer Prize Entry” in the subject line, along with your full name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and a short (sentence or two) bio about yourself if you wish, to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will forward only your actual submitted story with your name to my fellow judges. None of your contact information will be shared without your express permission. They’re only so I can notify you of who won the contest and/or to mail you your certificate.
Sid Korpi is the award-winning author of “Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss” as well as a motivational speaker, professional editor/writer, actress and animal chaplain.
Do animals go to heaven? Do they have souls? I’ve been asked to weigh in, in my capacity as an animal chaplain and author of “Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss” as, together, we ponder these and other spiritual questions on “The Honoring Hour.”
Please join me and host Lynn Allen for “The Honoring Hour” Blog Talk Radio show tomorrow (Wed., April 6) at 10 a.m. Central/11 a.m. Eastern. Click on the link for the show now to get a reminder sent to your email or call in at 347-838-8944.
Here’s a description of this show from its website:
The Honoring Hour is a radio show on blogtalkradio.com respecting the collective One of all beings. The show is here to foster personal transformation by offering a variety of different teachings, techniques, perspectives and tools that help create change supporting peace on Earth. We recognize the innate perfection of every individual as the embodiment of Love, Peace, Joy and Prosperity.
The Honoring Hour will include interviews and discussions that support Divine Light and Love. Through offerings of service and wisdom, we seek to assist our listeners on their journey of contributing to the global awakening of consciousness and the manifestation of Heaven here on Earth. We honor all paths to God and look for the Truth that we all have in common rather than that which would keep us feeling separate.
We are dedicated to helping people experience and celebrate the power of Universal wisdom actively working in their daily lives. This show was created with the desire to support people in finding and pursuing their passion and life purpose.
To awaken our Consciousness to Love’s Presence in each moment, person and encounter
To encourage each other in recognizing that true power lies in taking responsibility for the creation and actions of our own lives
To provide a variety of information to support the empowerment of each individual in taking the steps to create the life of their dreams, knowing that this is truly supporting everyone and everything
To live in Faith in all we do and support others to do the same
Give a listen to the new Petlitzer Prize commercial I wrote, which was co-sponsored by me and Dr. Robert Forto of “DogWorks” blogtalkradio.
Join me for a discussion of pet loss and afterlife connections. Tune in Friday, January 28, 2011
Sacred-Kinship Blog Talk Radio show with host Keri Davis, 10 a.m. Central.
PETLITZER PRIZE COMMERCIAL TEXT: 40 SECONDS
Whether you’re a Schnauzer’s Shakespeare or a Hound Dog’s Hemmingway in the making, perk up your ears. DogWorks radio is teaming up with animal chaplain Sid Korpi, author of the award-winning book “Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss,” in presenting the Petlitzer Prize contest—the pet-related-writer’s Pulitzer. Animal lovers can showcase their creative writing abilities for nifty awards and for the chance to have their works read live on DogWorks radio. Categories range from poetry to short stories to persuasive essays, and more. For more information, visit the blog page at http://www.goodgriefpetloss.com and click on the Petlitzer Prize link.
I just received this wonderful message about my book. Keep your collective fingers crossed that the board accepts the proposal to make my book part of their required curriculum! It’d be a dream come true for me to be instrumental in helping other animal chaplains prepare themselves for doing such important work. Whatever the final decision, I offer my sincerest thanks to Dr. Kris for her kind initiative.—Sid
Hi Sid — Dr. Kris Lecakes Haley from Emerson Theological Institute here — I just took a look at your book and you really did a phenomenal job on incredibly important topic! I have been searching for a comprehensive text that contains all of the critical components of loss and you hit every single one. I would like to submit your book to the school (Emerson) for consideration as one of the texts we use for the Bereavement component of our Animal Chaplain program. … Really exceptional job.
Join me for one or all of these upcoming delightful dog events!—Sid
All About Dogs Day at the Arboretum
Saturday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Reserve a spot for you and poochie today! A first-ever event at the Arboretum to honor man’s and woman’s best friend. Reserve a spot for you and your faithful canine companion for a wonderful walk together on 3-mile drive, followed by a pet expo fair at the Margot picnic shelters…all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Arboretum. To reserve Click Here or for more information call 952-443-4401. 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318
Holiday Pet Boutique and Animal Blessing Event
Dogs and their humans are invited to have a spiritual experience while on a shopping spree at the “All Things Dog Holiday Pet Boutique and Animal Blessing Event Sunday, Nov. 7 from 1–4 p.m. More than 15 pet-related vendors will be gathered in a vacant storefront in the strip mall just down from 6 Wags Dog Daycare & Boarding at Highway 169 & 63rd Ave. N. in Maple Grove, Minn. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join you as you shop.
Vendors will be offering a wide variety of items, such as clothing, jewelry, hand-stitched & quilted items, crate pads, books, pet hammocks and beds, blankets, socks, glassware, collars and pet bandanas, purses, photo cards, homemade dog treats, embroidered items, and numerous other gifts and/or services for you and your dog.
A special event within the event: At 2 p.m. Animal Chaplain Sid Korpi, author of the award-winning book “Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss,” will conduct a pet blessing ceremony. The blessing will take place in the parking lot, weather permitting, or inside near the boutique.
Vendors include Crossroads Animal Shelter; Black & White Bakery; Sid Korpi, author; Pets-R-Loved Embroidery; There’s Someplace Like Home; Judy’s Terrier Designs; Hansegard PhotoCards; Sondra’s Gifts; Conversational Pieces; McDuff’s Terrier Treasures; Pure Spirit Animal Communication and Training; Jenny Pavlovic, author of “8 State Hurricane Kate” and “The Not Without My Dog Resource and Record Book”; Ginny’s Westie Sox & Stuff; The Dog Perk; Pawcessories—Pets with Personality; Memory of Monroe Scottie Rescue; and 6 Wags Dog Daycare & Boarding.
For directions, Google this address: 9659 63rd Ave. N., Maple Grove, MN or go to http://www.six-wags.com.
TCOTC Fall Bazaar
Sunday, Nov. 13 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Twin Cities Obedience Training Center
2101 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, MN
Please listen in tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at 4 p.m. Central time for host Nadia Giordana’s terrific blog talk radio show, “Interviews with Extraordinary Women.” In this interview, I’ll be attempting to explain my clearly eccentric approach to life, work and happiness. Call in with questions and join the fun, or give a listen to the show at a later time in its archived version. (I’ll post this soon on this blog’s Radio Interviews page.)
Nadia’s description of the show follows:
Actress Sid Korpi on “Attack of the Moon Zombies” and Other Stuff
My guest today is the multitalented, Sid Korpi. We’ll be talking about all the interesting things she’s done in her life. Among them: English teacher, Journalist/freelance writer, Prize-winning novelist, co-author of a book on Reflexology, Jewelry designer, Actor/member of a comedy troupe, Game inventor, Aerobics/fitness instructor, Singer with an early jazz band/band, Halloween party mogul—Morticia Stewart’s Party Kits, Murder mystery dinner theater playwright/actor/host and more. We’ll find out which of those hats shes wearing most often these days, and where you can see her public performances.