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Contest #6: Oops!

In Contests on July 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm


The_ScreamThe Prompt
Describe a moment on the job, real or imagined, when you realized you made a mistake. A terrible, terrible mistake.

Deadline
Midnight PST on August 15, 2015

The Prize
$200 for the winner, to be announced on August 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 kate@workstew.com. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending in your entry.

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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.

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 (kate@workstew.com) 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: “Describe a moment on the job, real or imagined, when you realized you made a mistake. A terrible, terrible mistake.” 600 words, maximum. Deadline: midnight PST on August 15, 2015. No entry fee. Prize: “$200 for the winner, to be announced on August 22, 2015. The winning entry, and perhaps some other entries, will be published here on Work Stew.” […]

  2. […] 15th Aug ‘Describe a moment on the job, real or imagined, when you realised you made a mistake. A terrible, terrible mistake.’ (Cathy’s note: I don’t think that they are using the colloquial British definition of ‘on the job’.) PAYING https://workstew.com/2015/07/14/contest-6-oops/ […]

  3. […] WORK STEW NO ENTRY FEE. Describe a moment on the job, real or imagined, when you realized you made a mistake. A terrible, terrible mistake. Deadline August 15, 2015. $200 for the winner, to be announced on August 22, 2015. The winning entry, and perhaps some other entries, will be published on Work Stew. Limit 600 words. […]

  4. […] Gace Walton: Thank you for a particularly entertaining batch of contest entries. Your tales of mistakes made on the job made for good reading, and I hope to share (with each writer’s permission) a few more of […]

  5. […] editor Kate Gace Walton: I wanted to share a few more of the entries that were submitted to the latest Work Stew writing contest. Even though Sharmyn McGraw’s “Dilly of a Typo” has already been published as […]

  6. […] one more entry to the latest Work Stew writing contest. The prompt was to write about a workplace mistake, real or imagined, and this entrant imagined a […]

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