The Green Study’s “Positively Happy Nice Story” Contest

canstockphoto28843846Months ago, I had decided to run an autumn contest here at The Green Study. It will be my 4th contest in 4 years, so longtime readers here are familiar with the patter. At first I thought I’d dispel some political gloom and make it the “If I were President” Contest, but frankly, I’ve lost my sense of humor about it all. And I don’t have the energy to rein in political rants running amok on my blog.

Instead, I’m looking for good news – the news that aren’t click bait, news happening in your life or in your neighborhood. We the people aren’t just political affiliations and labels. We have stories – stories that remind us of what is good and kind and generous and decent about being human. They could be something that happened years ago or something that is happening now. We need joy. Stat.

Welcome to The Green Study “Positively Happy Nice Story” Contest. Here are the canstockphoto16178005guidelines:

Write a previously unpublished blog post or if you’re not a blogger, an essay (with title) 400-800 words long about a positively happy nice incident, an admirable person in your life, unwitting luck or fortunate consequences.  Submit it through my Contact page by Saturday, October 1st, 2016, Monday, October 3rd, 12:00 pm, Midnight (US Standard Central Time). Please note that your formatting is retained when I receive it – the Contact page makes it look like it has disappeared.

One entry per person please. The contest begins as soon as this post goes public.
The winners will be notified on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by 12:00 am (US Standard Central Time).

Shipping of the prizes and donations will take place by October 12th, 2016. Guest blog posting will occur between October 15th and November 1st, 2016.

All entries will be judged by me, myself and I. It’s entirely subjective.

canstockphoto23327111st Prize: Your entry will be posted as a guest post to my blog, you will be sent a brand new The Green Study Coffee Mug and I will make a $100 donation to the American Red Cross on your behalf to your local Red Cross Chapter or their International Disaster Response fund.

2nd Prize: Your entry will be posted as a guest post to my blog, you will be sent a brand new The Green Study Coffee Mug and I will make a $75 donation to the American Red Cross on your behalf to your local Red Cross Chapter or their International Disaster Response fund.

3rd Prize: Your entry will be posted as a guest post to my blog, you will be sent a brand new The Green Study Coffee Mug and I will make a $50 donation to the American Red Cross on your behalf to your local Red Cross Chapter or their International Disaster Response fund.

All participants will receive a priceless, irreplaceable postcard from Minneapolis (although it actually cost $1.00 and can be bought at the airport, in large quantities).

I will ship prize winners’ mugs stateside or internationally (with no guarantee that it will arrive or that it will arrive in one piece), just because I like to hold up the line at the post office because I haven’t filled out the right forms.

If any former participants and/or winners read this post, please feel free to comment on the veracity of The Green Study contests. Please let readers know that you’ve received your prizes and that I haven’t shown up at your front door looking for a place to stay or spammed your email. Previous winners are allowed to participate and an updated mug is in production.

Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond.
Hunter S. Thompson

Administrative Note: There will be no fondling or diamonds involved in this contest. 

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30 Comments on “The Green Study’s “Positively Happy Nice Story” Contest

  1. I can speak to the veracity of the contest, and how much I enjoyed participating a few years ago. And get this?! My hair stylist, independently of me, also participated and placed! Yippee! Here’s to tales of joy and mirth. And we have a couple of Michelle’s mugs in our cupboard, they’ve survived waves of down-sizing and still appear joyful in their role. Best, Bill

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  2. You’re so very generous, Michelle. This is awesome. I’ll think on that good news because I sure could use some and focus on it. Great idea for a contest! Should it be fiction or does it matter?

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  3. LOVE the topic! We sure could use some good news. I am kind of swamped with work and projects right now, so regrettably I am going to have to pass this year. Besides I’ve done it twice, and have even won a mug. I drink my one-coffee-a-day out of it every morning as I sit in front of my computer and write and if a mug can become a “muse,” than my Green Study mug is mine. Thanks so much for hosting this contest, Michelle, and for your generous donations and mugs. I can’t wait to read the entries 🙂

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  4. Wish I had some good news story to relay for you. But at this particular moment in time, I’ve got crickets!

    That’s life I guess. Maybe next year will be my “happy” year!

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  5. This is a wonderful idea. We all need to find a way to neutralize the awful nonsense + vitriol that this election has dumped on us. Good thinking. Now what shall I write about…?

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