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Upload by: April 1, 2018

Winner announced April 15, Publishing April 21

First Place: Spotlight Publishing on all our channels, solo marketing campaign to our newsletter subscribers and of course $300 check for your amazing writing.
Second Place: $150 – online publishing and social media campaign in your honor!  PLUS highlight in a shared email for Shakti winter articles to our newsletter subscribers!
Third Place: $50 – online publishing and social media campaign in your honor!

Spring Writing Prompt:

Sovereignty vs. Slavery

The juxtaposition of sovereignty and slavery is present all around us today. Understanding the relationship between them in a greater context can be quite complex.

Take this for example:

Many believe that our political system is outdated and will never be fit to meet our needs; to attempt to work within its bounds is limiting to the point of being an affront to our freedom. We’ve all heard people say they refuse to be a “slave to the system.”

Others believe just the opposite – that not to engage with our government means to foolishly relegate our personal and collective power to the few in office. While off-grid enthusiasts are unsubscribing from politics and growing gardens, National Forests are clear-cut as legal protections are dismantled before our eyes.

Give us your own interpretation of sovereignty versus slavery, and put it in a greater context of your choice – political, personal, global or otherwise. 

Consider the following: What does true, embodied sovereignty look like to you? Do you know the feeling of it? Have you felt enslaved? How does slavery manifest in more subtle ways? How does one move from slavery to sovereignty? Consider relating personal experience. 

Your entry can be as creative as you like. Poetry, prose, narrative, memoire, monologue, story and fable are all acceptable.

Anonymous author submissions welcomed, just specify in your upload.


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12 point Double Spaced & Times New Roman
Word Count: 1,000-2,500 words (must be within or will be eliminated)
***No refunds on writing contest fees, so please upload your work first and then pay your entry fee. Thank you in advance for your attention to the requirements.

*One entry per person per season