Hi Everyone, and WELCOME to The Writing Fairy website. I'm Dorothea Helms, freelance writer, poet, book author, fiction dabbler, writing instructor, keynote speaker, humorist, wife, mother and slave to my English Bulldog, Margaret. My website is undergoing a facelift, boob lift, liposuction, weight loss program ... wait a minute - those are things I need personally. Sheesh. But my website IS in transition after being neglected for a LONG time. My goal is to inspire writers; my method humour (or humor in the U.S.). Enjoy!

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Archive for April, 2008

The Writing Fairy® Senryu, or Humorous Haiku, Contest

  1. This contest is open to writers 18 years of age and older.
  2. Prizes (in Canadian funds) will be awarded as follows:
    First Place: $100.00
    Second Place: $50.00
    Third Place: $25.00
  3. Entries (in English only) must be your original, unpublished writing that has not been submitted elsewhere for publication or to any other writing competitions simultaneously.
  4. Send your entries in the body of an email to fairy@thewritingfairy.com
  5. Entries MUST adhere to the rules of THREE LINES: FIVE syllables on the first line, SEVEN syllables on the second line, FIVE syllables on the third line.
  6. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, September 15, 2008.
  7. Entrants must agree that if they win, they will permit non-exclusive rights to publish their winning entries on The Writing Fairy website at www.thewritingfairy.com.
  8. The entry fee PER POEM is $5 Canadian, or send THREE SENRYU POEMS FOR $10, to be paid in one of two ways:
    • PayPal
    • via Canadian Money Order or cheque
    • via International Money Order payable in Canadian Funds

    Make cheque/money order out to “THE WRITING FAIRY”
    Mail to:

    Dorothea Helms, S10895 Sideroad 17 RR #1, Sunderland, ON L0C 1H0

    REMEMBER – send $5.00 for EACH POEM, or send THREE POEMS for $10.00.

  9. First-round judges will narrow the entries to 10 Finalists, which will be sent to the Final Judges.
  10. Winners will be contacted by phone and mail. Their names will be officially announced on Saturday, October 11, 2008 on The Writing Fairy website.
  11. KEEP A COPY OF YOUR ENTRY! NONE OF THE ENTRIES WILL BE RETURNED. Once judging is over and the winners announced, entries will be destroyed. Decisions of the judges are final.


In my previous contest, which required people to record their submissions, the maximum time limit was 3 minutes. We received many entries that were 10 and 11 minutes long. Needless to say, they were eliminated.

REMEMBER – FOR THIS CONTEST, it’s writing only and the length is EXACTLY 17 syllables in total: 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, 5 syllables in the third line.

If you don’t know what a syllable is, look it up.

It’s official! The WINNERS of The Writing Fairy® Sort-of-Annual Humour-Writing Contest have been annnounced.
Click on the audio links to hear the winning entries.


FIRST PLACE went to Lois Gordon for her entry entitled “Sex Drive.” ($500 prize)

SECOND PLACE went to Valerie Mutton for her “Queen of Clean” submission. ($250 prize)

THIRD PLACE was claimed by the writing team of Shirley Neal and Bill Rundle for “The Bare Essentials.” ($125 prize)

My compliments as well to everyone who entered, and to all the Finalists.

Following is the list of the writers of the 10 Finalist entries:

Lois Gordon (TWO of her entries made it into the final 10!)
Valerie Mutton
Shirley Neal and Bill Rundle (team entry)
James Dewar and Susan Lynn Reynolds (team entry)
Dave Jones
Dale Long
June Duffy-Smith
Carl Bedal
Berenice Freedome

WATCH FOR THE NEXT Writing Fairy® Sort-of-Annual Humour-Writing Contest coming soon …