Contest #5: Go Time

In Contests on April 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm

The Prompt
Describe a moment on the job, real or imagined, when you knew you had to make a change.

292099197_75dd0bbb8e_oLink to photo credit.

Prompt credit: thank you to two Work Stew readers, Stephanie Kaye Turner and Elisabeth Robson, whose Facebook suggestions helped shape this prompt.

Midnight PST on May 15, 2015

The Prize
$200 for the winner, to be announced on May 22, 2015. The winning entry, and perhaps some other entries, will be published here on Work Stew.

Eligibility and Word Count
Only entries that have not been published elsewhere are eligible. Word limit: 600 words, max.

How to Submit
Email your entry to You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending in your entry.

Work Stew in the News…Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 5.30.04 PM

“Random Acts of Business,” the essay I wrote to launch Work Stew back in 2011, was re-published in The Huffington Post. It’s located in a section called ‘The Third Metric,’ which focuses on “redefining success beyond money and power.”

nprAlso, Ashley Gross of KPLU (Seattle’s NPR station) talked to me about why I started the site, why I keep at it, and what I’ve learned.

Many Work Stew contributors came along for the ride: photographer Meg Heimovics Kumin and flight attendant-turned-gorilla caretaker John Safkow were featured in the radio version of the story (click the blue ‘listen’ button to hear it).

Devo founder Gerald Casale, python hunter Ruben Ramirez, high-rise window washer David Schmidt, lice remover Lisa Weisberg, former corporate lawyer Kevin McHargue, and carpenter Samantha Cole all made appearances in the accompanying print piece.

cof2014smaller-1Work Stew went to the woods: I was honored to present at Islandwood’s tenth annual Circle of Friends event, where Cheryl Strayed, best-selling author of WILD and TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, served as the keynote speaker.

My session, which wrapped up a weekend-long retreat, focused on writing as a tool for personal development. In my talk, I got to highlight the essays of several Work Stew contributors. Thank you, as always, for letting me share your stories.

Stewing on Stage: A Brief Story Slam Round-Up

july2013-slam-web1I love swapping stories here at Work Stew. I think of it as a virtual water cooler where someone is always around with a tale to tell.

But there’s also something to be said for telling a story live—on stage, with no notes, to a crowd of people whose faces you can see.

I’ve done that three times now, at the Bainbridge Island Story Slam, and it’s really, really fun. If your community is currently slam-free, perhaps you should get one going? Feel free to reach out via Facebook or email ( and I’ll explain the logistics, which are gloriously simple.

In the meantime, for a taste of the tales you might hear at such an event, here’s my latest. The theme was ‘Dating: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’—but, as you’ll see, my story has a small connection to work as well.

My other slam tales, which focused more centrally on work, were about the summer job I had at Yellowstone National Park and my most memorable night shift.

  1. […] New contest from Work Stew. Entrants are asked to “describe a moment on the job, real or imagined, when you knew you had to make a change.” No entry fee. Deadline: “Midnight PST on May 15, 2015.” Prize: $200 and publication on the site. […]

  2. Irony: I would not normally take time to enter a writing contest during the school year, but because I have an unexpected day off (due to a power outage), I’m going to enter today!

  3. […] #5 (currently underway) Prompt announced: April 15, 2015 Deadline: May 15, 2015 CONTEST #6 Prompt announced: July 15, […]

  4. […] you to everyone who submitted an entry to the latest Work Stew writing contest. This was the prompt: Describe a moment on the job, real or imagined, when you knew you had to […]

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