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– MENTORS and MENTORSHIP –

Greetings, TPS readers!

Today, we’re pleased to announce The Paralegal Society’s first official writing contest! In case you were wondering, we’re rolling out this contest just for you! (Yes, you – the one sitting there sipping that cup of coffee or that ice cold Diet Coke and waiting for the runaway railroad to make an appearance as you read these words). Yep – you!

This contest is directed to all our readers…and we mean all of them: experienced paralegals, aspiring paralegals, students, bloggers, writers, educators, editors, interns, newbies, legal minded peeps, litigation support professionals, law clerks, attorneys, judges (okay, that one was a joke…unless a judge is writing, then we’re serious as a shark attack!) What’s the topic…you ask? We thought you’d never ask!

The topic is Mentors/Mentorship! We are intentionally offering up a very broad category to leave our fabulous writers (that’s you) a lot of room for interpretation. Perhaps you want to write about your past experience with a mentor, what you want in a mentor, need in a mentor, why you think mentorship does or does not work, what your personal experience has been, what mentorship “is” or what it should be…it’s your world! This is an opportunity for you to step up to the TPS plate and submit an article. Heck, you never know, you might even win!

We will read all entries that we receive and select the Top 3 submissions as our “Winners.” Those pieces will be announced as our winners and featured on The Paralegal Society blog! Using the same style as a Miss. America pageant, we’ll run third place first, then second place, and finally, we’ll announce the big winner! In the event we receive other interesting pieces we just can’t resist sharing, we may run them as honorable mentions.

While there is no compensation associated with this particular writing gig, there is semi-fame! Our blog typically sees about 6,000+ hits per month, so legal minds from all across the country, and beyond, will definitly see your article! Your name in TPS lights – just imagine it! Heck, people may even ask you for autographs – who are we to stop them? You interested? Fantastic!

Here’s our writing criteria:

· 500-2,000 words

· No footnotes, clip art or emoticons

· Block paragraphs – not indented

· Keep use of dashes and parenthesis to a minimum

· One space after a period, even if it kills you

Your Bio: Be sure to include your brief bio below your article on a separate page (all by its lonesome), along with any links you would like us to include, in the event you are chosen as a winner or featured as an honorable mention.  Please do not put your name anywhere on the first page of your submission. This will allow us to read each piece without any preconceived notions based upon the writer’s identity if we know you personally. By the time we get to your bio page, we’ll have already judged your piece.

Submit to: Send your submissions to jamietheparalegal@yahoo.com, and put “TPS Writing Contest” in the subject line.

Deadline: May 15, 2012

The “winner” of our contest will receive a personalized plaque, in addition to full bragging rights!

We can’t wait to read your interesting, creative, inspirational, and thought provoking articles! Feel free to think outside the box, TPS readers. Approach this topic any way you wish. The best writing style to use is your own! Remember…The Paralegal Society is your blog…and this is your writing contest! Show us what you’ve got!

And last, but never least, Happy High Heel Friday! Now go jot down some ideas and get to it!

p.s.
As the Founder, I would never announce a writing contest and then fail to deliver something from my end! That would just be plain wrong! Be sure to watch for my personal “mentorship” submission in the next edition of National Paralegal Reporter. They have a great deal right now – you can subscribe for just $20 for a limited time at: https://www.paymyassociation.com/displayemailforms.cfm?SessionId=63E119F5-E1DB-9CFC-8663DB47A943E6EF&emailformnbr=30715

Now gather your ideas and go write that winning submission!!!