Work/Life Balance Award
Writer Mary Ylisela has had a rough few weeks including a death in the family, a totaled car, and a nephew with a broken arm. Needless to say it’s been a crazy time for her family, so Mary will be using the award money to treat the rest of the family to a day or two in Chicago. Have fun, Mary!
Writer Julie Richards and her family haven’t had a real Christmas celebration for a few years now. For the past two years, they haven’t even had the extra funds to decorate their home. But this year, Mary won’t have to choose between the bills and celebrating the season. Happy holidays to you and yours, Julie!
Senior CE Maria Rally has a passion for fighting for the rights and welfare of wildlife. Maria is in the process of launching her own advocacy website to help motivate people to do at least one thing every day to help conserve wildlife habitats. Good luck with this new project, Maria.
Writer Maggie O’Leary just returned from an extended active-duty tour as a member of the Air Force Reserve. Transitioning from full-time airman to full-time writer is no easy task. Maggie will be able to use this grant to help ease back into civilian life and purchase some resources to help improve her writing. Thank you for all you do, Maggie!
Professional Resources Grant
Writer and Expert David Lipscomb is a stay-at-home father of two. Balancing dad duties with writing is a full-time job made even more difficult when you have to constantly restore your operating system. This new laptop will help David be more efficient and still spend time with his little ones.
Writer Aubrey Kerr is this month’s recipient of the All-Access Pass. She will be suing this award to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference this coming spring in Boston. This conference brings together 10,000 writers, publishing professionals and faculty for a weekend of readings, lectures, discussion and forums. She plans to meet with independent publishers and agents while there in order to discuss a nonfiction book she recently completed. Good luck, Aubrey!
Remember, applications for all awards are accepted during the first seven days of each month. Be sure to get your December application in!
Sad but true fact, especially when you consider how important learning to read is to a child’s success.
But there is good news. As many of you may remember, First Book fills this gap by providing new books and educational resources to schools and programs serving children in need. To date, they have distributed more than 95 million books and educational resources throughout the United States and Canada.
Help Give a Child a Book Today
Recognizing First Book’s ability to transform the lives of children and elevate the quality of their education, we have chosen to partner with them once again for our Write for a Cause campaign.
Since its inception in 2009, the Demand Media Studios community has helped to donate over 50,000 books to children around the country through First Book. For those that have been around for a while, you may remember the impact you had on the lives of so many children.
How Can You Help?
You can help by doing what you are already doing. For the rest of the year, we have pledged to donate one book for every 10 articles published to any of our sites or partner sites. Help us help children this holiday season and give them a brighter new year by committing to donating at least one book by writing or editing 10 articles.
We know as a community of writers and editors, we all recognize the value of literacy and education. So support the cause and spread the word! Post to your Facebook and Twitter. Tell everyone that you are joining Demand Media Studios in the fight against illiteracy.
Visit our dedicated page on Facebook often for more information, updates, and running totals. Our goal is to reach 12,000 books by the end of the year, and we hope that you all choose to be a part of this great cause.
The campaign officially starts today, so log in now to get started on your 10 articles!
For more information on First Book and the work they do – visit their website at www.firstbook.org.