The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Write short story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.
Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.
Nearly two hundred authors from across the nation as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge.
17 year old Kurtay Ozuner of Morland Hills Ohio placed third in the 17 and under category with his story entitled “Peace”. He earned a cash prize of $50
Kurtay is a senior in high school and loves writing and also partakes in many activities outside and inside of school that further develop his writing skills, like the Speech & Debate team and the Podcast club. His goal is to continue to develop his writing skills in high school and beyond.
Kurtay hopes that he can continue to write on the many personal issues that affect him and his family everyday.
That is exactly what he did with his gripping social commentary that could very easily be taken from today’s news headlines. Judges called Kurtay’s entry not only well written but an important story as well.
David Moore of St. Charles Missouri is a darn good writer! Let’s get that right up front!
In fact, David Moore is such a good writer that he came within one single vote of winning the $1,000 top prize in the 18 years old and over category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest of 2017 .
While David didn’t win, he didn’t give up on his dream of becoming an author, and guess what? His determination paid off and his first novel is now available online!
Being a Router means facing death. Tara Flemming, a seventeen-year-old girl from the small fort known as St. Andrew’s, is one such Routers. The Routers are the messengers for the forts, delivering everything from notes, to small packages, to trade route information. All while they face bandits, slavers, and wild mutated animals left by the plague that killed much of humanity. It’s during a very important delivery that Tara finds herself thrust into a world of blood, death, and fear of an enemy she thinks she knows. She must save her friends, family, and fort from this growing threat, but will she be able to face what is to come and what she must become?
The short story that first brought David to our attention, “Love, Life, and Bacon” is a really cool story about…well, Love Life and Bacon, but not in the way you think. To say any more would spoil it for you.
And by the way, David’s personal story is so compelling and inspiring that we posted it in it’s entirety below. Read it and be inspired to go after your dream, whatever it is!
My early education was, in the simplest of terms, lacking.
Before I had changed schools, I had been in a less than reputable school closer to the St. Louis area. The school had been so bad that when I had entered the second-grade in my new school I was behind and had to attend a special class that was meant to help me learn to read and write on the same level as the other students in my grade. Through these special education classes, I was able to become a better reader but was never quite able to get on the same level of the other students in my same grade. This was a problem that followed me out of elementary school and led to me being required to attend more special education classes through middle school and into high school.
It was in these classes that I found a passion for writing. We would write little stories which were intended to help us gain a better understanding of how sentences were structured as well as introduce us to new words. Writing these short stories had always been one of my favorite exercises but having as much trouble as I had with reading and writing a career as an author seemed absurd. The short stories I had written were never intended to get me anywhere. They were simply something I did because I liked to do it. In fact, the idea of being a professional writer was so far out of my mind that in my entire academic career I have only ever had one creative writing course that I attended my senior year of high school. The only other writing courses I had ever had were those that came as general credit courses in college. (English comp, Technical writing, etc.) But, even with the idea of being a writer far from my mind I never stopped writing. Short stories and half-finished novels of distant worlds, medieval towns under siege, and many other tales of woe and triumph. They were always for fun and always just for me.
It was many years later while I was working as a marketing designer and listening to the Harry Potter audio book series (for the fourth time) that I found a sudden burning inspiration in me. I felt for some strange and unknowable reason like I could be a writer if I really wanted to. So, I began writing again but with more intent and more passion for being a writer, not just as a hobby. I am now wrapping up the final edits to my first novel, which will be book one of a three to four book series that I hope will be my path to a career as an author.
Having a career as an author isn’t just for me. It’s something that I hope to be able to show my daughter when she gets older. Something I can hold up and say “Look I followed my dream. I worked for it and it came true.” and maybe, if I’m very lucky, I can one day inspire her as much as she inspires me to keep going every day.
By David Moore
Brave Enough To Fail Inc, America’s #1 Student Motivational Program is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit and provides free presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide. Learn how you can support our mission to raise student achievement and cultivate a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers. www.BraveEnoughToFail.org
As we celebrate the birthday of the United States of America on the 4Th of July, it is fitting that we remember those who worked so hard to found a nation based on the principle that all men and women are created equal and sacrificed so much to secure our God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
For many Americans the Independence Day celebration may be dampened by fears that America’s founding principles are in danger of being replaced by something else. With more voices speaking against those principles, more divisive messaging in our media, and surveys saying more young people than ever are open to accepting socialist ideas, those fears are understandable. How can we turn all that around?
We can turn it around by increasing the number of young people that have a sense of their own self worth. Historically, socialism, communism and other systems that have tried to make everything “fair” and make everyone “the same”, have always ultimately failed because it is impossible to totally stamp out the God-given desire for individual achievement. The Declaration of Independence says, “All men are created equal”, which is absolutely true… But, we are NOT all created the same. We each have individual dreams and destinies that are endowed to us by our creator. We turn things around by reminding our young people about that!
Motivated people with the courage to pursue their dreams have always been a problem for socialists. Which brings us to another reason to celebrate. There is an organization who’s mission is inspiring such people.
Brave Enough To Fail, America’s number one student motivational program, is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free presentations and scholarships to high schools.
Our mission is raising student achievement by inspiring students with the courage to achieve their dreams. By doing that, we create a new generation of Leaders, Creators, & Achievers. Inspired and motivated young people who have the attitude of…Why settle for what the government might hand you, when you can get much more by using what God has already given you?
Individuals who are more likely to support ideas like fiscal responsibility, constitutional principles. and less intrusive government.
Since 2016 BETF has reached over 10,000 students many of whom are now new voters, and has scholarship winners currently attending great schools like Liberty University, Oral Roberts University, and North-Point Bible College.
We’re at a pivotal point in our nation’s history. Will we continue to embrace America’s founding principles or will we abandon them for something else?
In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. said these famous words,
“ When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Yes, individual freedoms, self determination, and government policies that encourage Americans to pursue their God-given gifts, talents, and destinies to the fullest.
That was the dream and that is what is at stake today.
Brave Enough To Fail, a 501 ( C ) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools, is taking action!
We are cultivating a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers who value individual liberties, free markets, and America’s founding principles.
We are inspiring students to become free-thinking individuals who take control of their own destinies and not wait for government or someone else to do it for them.
Students like J. from Danbury High School who sat in on a presentation and said this afterwards,
“I will now pursue my dream to the absolute fullest and make sure I complete my dream and never be satisfied where I am. I will always push myself to do the absolute best I can. I will always have the words you spoke today in the back of my head because those words really moved me.”
It is not just students either. Educators love the Brave Enough To Fail program as well.
“Brave Enough To Fail is an excellent motivational tool to help students believe in themselves and to set and achieve high personal goals.”
~Foster Crawford, former assistant school superintendent Waterbury & Stamford CT
“The presentation sent a very clear message to our students, they are in charge of their future. They have the ability to achieve their dreams. The students were captivated and definitely heard the message.”
~Susan Griffin, Asst. Principle Brookfield High School
Since 2016, Brave Enough To Fail has reached over 10,000 students and has scholarship winners attending great schools like Liberty University, Oral Roberts University, and Northpoint Bible College.
Also, we currently have requests for the Brave Enough To Fail program from schools and school districts across twenty three states.
That is why we are appealing to fellow Americans who want to help strengthen our nation by inspiring the next generation.
If that is you, please do two things. Make a donation of any size today and share this message with other like-minded people and organizations.
According to recent surveys, more young Americans are embracing socialist ideas.
Our mission is to inspire students with the courage to use the gifts that God has already given them rather than settle for what the government might hand them.
We can’t do it alone.
Will you stand with us?
If so, that is truly good news for America’s future.
Brave Enough To Fail and the Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury celebrated their successful partnership recently at the annual Kiwanis For Kids breakfast held at the Ethan Allen Hotel.
Brave Enough To Fail provides free motivational presentations and up to $5,000 in scholarships to high schools. Our mission is cultivating a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers.
Being brave enough to risk failure is a NON-NEGOTIABLE requirement for success in any venture. That is our founding philosophy and the core of the inspiring message that we deliver to students.
Kiwanis Key Club is a student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.
Through the partnership, Key Clubs host the assembly style motivational presentations for the student body, typically the sophomore or senior class. The local Kiwanis Club receives co-branding on the event and scholarships as well.
Key Clubbers can host monthly Brave Enough To Fail career opportunity sessions with local business leaders and professionals.
Key Club members in the schools we serve, are now empowered to bestow their own, Brave Enough To Fail, Key to Success scholarship upon a student that they nominate themselves.
Together, Kiwanis and Brave Enough To Fail are reaching hundreds more students and awarding thousands more dollars in scholarships. Key Clubs are energized and empowered to become even bigger difference makers in their schools and communities.
Brave Enough To Fail is extending this partnership to Kiwanis clubs and their Key Clubs nationwide. Join us by contacting us for more information. Message us here or send an email. email@example.com
Brave Enough To Fail Executive Director Wayne Winsley (center) with members of Kiwanis Key Club members from Norwalk high School.
The Kiwanis Club of Norwalk has donated $750 to Brave Enough To Fail.
The donation, in support of the club’s effort to bring the student motivational program to Norwalk High School and Brien McMahon High School, was made during a BETF presentation by Executive Director Wayne Winsley to members of the Kiwanis Key Club of Norwalk High at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center on Wednesday evening.
Kiwanis District 20 Lt. Governor Paula Conte said.
“Brave Enough To Fail is a phenomenal program that is giving young people the spark they need to be more successful in school and in life.
We are proud to support this organization and excited to work together in service to our students.”
Wayne Winsley, executive director of Brave Enough To Fail says,
“I’m so honored and humbled to have such tremendous support from such a great organization as Kiwanis of Norwalk. This partnership will strengthen our ability to raise student achievement and promote leadership through service.”
Brave Enough To Fail has partnered with Kiwanis Key Clubs to provide in-school assembly style motivational presentations and scholarships at several high schools in Connecticut.
Local teacher and nonprofit director Wayne Winsley is putting his body on the line to inspire our youth!
He is doing 10,000 pushups in 60 Days (Oct 2nd through Dec 2nd ) to raise $10,000 for Brave Enough to Fail student motivational programs and scholarships at High Schools. The mission is to help students succeed by inspiring courage and providing resources.
This past school your the program reached over 2,000 students and awarded Eight scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 in value to colleges and trade schools.
Response from both educators and students has been rave reviews.
“Brave Enough To Fail is an excellent motivational tool to help students believe in themselves and to set and achieve high personal goals.”
– FosterCrawford, former Assistant Superintendent of schools Waterbury and Stamford Connecticut
“This presentation made me think of what I’m doing differently, in a good way. I now know how to strive to be the best person I am able to be. I really enjoyed your presentation today, good job!”
Nathan, Bartlett High School
The pushups are videotaped and uploaded to the Brave Enough To Fail YouTube and Facebook pages along with the name of the sponsoring person or company.