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2009 'My Own True Genius' Contest Winning Essays

2009 'My Own True Genius' Contest Winning Essays

The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie NashCongratulations to all participants and the winners of our Jennie Nash 'My Own True Genius' essay writing contest. All contestants were sent a personalized Creative License (print your own) for participating, and Jennie has declared the following winners.

First Place:

Second & Third Places:

Runner's Up (Honorable Mentions):

More 'Jennie Nash Bash' Features & Extras

Printable Creative LicenseInterview with 'True Genius' Author Jennie Nash
By Molly Anderson-Childers
After writing three memoirs, Jennie Nash decided to give fiction a chance, and penned The Last Beach Bungalow. She loved it so much she went onto write a second book, The Only True Genius in the Family.

Print & Personalize Your Own Creative License
A creativity-affirming reminder to start a new creative day. "We hereby give you creative license to speak your own truth and express your story in your own words..."

Listen: Jennie Nash Book Club Event
On February 24, 2009, author Jennie Nash and Creativity Portal's Molly Anderson-Childers went LIVE for a juicy conference call discussing Jennie's newly-released book, The Only True Genius In the Family.They chatted about creativity, the writing life, muses, inspirations, and ways to feed the creative fire. Listen to the archived MP3 in our Creativity Portal Extras section at Coach Creative Space.

Jennie Nash 'My Own True Genius' Essay Contest Details

(Contest is Now Closed)

Attention, scribblers and bibliophiles! is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of Jennie Nash's new book, The Only True Genius in the Family (coming February 9, 2009 from Berkley Books), judged by the author herself! (Learn more about Jennie and her book at

Ever felt like a creative genius? This is your chance to shine! Enter the My Own True Genius contest by submitting a short essay (200-300 words) describing a time when you felt the genius of creative inspiration for a chance to win a fabulous Grand Prize — The Book Club in a Box!

Book Club in a Box Prizes!

What's inside the Book Club in a Box?

  • Five (5) signed copies of Jennie Nash's new novel, The Only True Genius in the Family.
  • A personalized letter from the author.
  • Special chocolate treats hand-selected by the author.

But wait, there's more!

  • Creativity Portal is adding a $25 gift card from Michaels for art supplies.
  • The Grand Prize winner will also receive a unique hand-crafted creativity journal, designed by writer and artist Molly Anderson-Childers.

Second & Third Prizes

  • Two other lucky winners will receive signed copies of The Only True Genius in the Family.

What Everyone Gets

  • Everyone who enters will receive a personalized copy of their own Creative License! To inspire you now, download and print a fill-in-the-blank copy of the Creative License here.

Contest Criteria

Entries will be judged by Jennie Nash on the following criteria:

  • Passion. I want to feel your creative fire!
  • Content. There's not a lot of space, so make it count!
  • Style. I'm looking for texture, detail, a turn of phrase that makes me sit up and notice.

Submission Rules & Qualifications

The following submission rules and qualifications apply:

  • Contestants must be residents of the United States and 18 years of age or older to enter this contest.

  • Contestants may submit only one (1) essay.

  • Essays must be the original work of the contestant. Plagiarism = disqualification and bad karma!

  • Essays must address this topic: "Describe a time when you felt the genius of creative inspiration."

  • Essays must be between 200-300 words.

  • Essay submission deadline is March 15, 2009. No entries will be accepted after the deadline. Winners will be announced in April 2009 on the Creativity Portal Web site and in its e-mail NewZine. Winners will also be posted on Jennie Nash's blog,

  • By entering this contest, all contestants (winners and non-winners) hereby grant permission to Creativity Portal to publish and forever archive their essays on its domain without monetary compensation. (Contestants retain copyright ownership of their works and their Web URL will appear along with their name in the copyright credit line.)

  • This contest is sponsored by the Creativity Portal and author Jennie Nash, and is not associated in any way with Berkley Books, publisher of The Only True Genius in the Family.

Contest is now closed. Thank you for your interest!