Four Paws for Noah Writing Competitions

Written by Charli Mills

Charli Mills, a born buckaroo, makes literary art accessible at She writes about the veteran spouse experience and women forgotten to history.

November 8, 2015

A Boy and His DogGet ready to put the FUN in fundraiser! Carrot Ranch is pleased to announce participation in the Four Paws for Noah Creative Writing Competitions. There’s more than one competition and the fundraiser is a heart-warming one.

Submission fees benefit Noah Ainslie, a nine-year-old boy with severe Autism-related anxiety. Noah has been matched with Appa, a four-month-old Standard Poodle. Appa will be trained as Noah’s service dog and will help Noah move through public and private spaces by interrupting Noah’s anxiety and being a furry best friend for life. You can read more about Noah and Appa’s journey together on their GoFundMe page.

Carrot Ranch is hosting the following and you can read the details on the Events page.

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Contest

This is an opportunity to write a flash fiction longer than our typical 99 word challenges. The theme is “a boy’s dog.” In January, Carrot Ranch will launch an e-newsletter, The Carrot Ranch Roundup (with thanks to Rough Writer, Larry LaForge, for the clever title). Following the contest, a special edition will feature the top three entries with honorable mentions. The winner receives $250.

Judging is blind and those who regularly flash at Carrot Ranch are eligible to enter (unless you are on the judges panel). We’ll be featuring our judges throughout the contest and spurring all writers to enter. Please help us by sharing news of this contest far and wide.

And, flash fiction is not the only contest! Be sure to check out Shareen Mansfield of On the Verge. She’s host the Olympics of caffeine and wants your craziest, most unexpected stories from your best cup of coffee (tea). Find out more details by clicking on the contest photo:

Contest Coffee

All proceeds go directly to the fundraiser, managed by Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, Noah’s mother. We hope you join in the fun!

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  1. A. E. Robson

    An excellent cause. It’s great to see partnering like this to get things done.

    • Charli Mills

      It’s a wonderful way to partner within the writing community! A good fit for us!

  2. jan

    I sure hope Noah gets his dog!

    • Charli Mills

      It takes a lot of training and monetary investment but it is so worth it! I hope it all works out for Noah, too.

  3. Sherri

    God bless sweet Noah and Appa. Thank you so much for bringing this to us Charli <3

    • Charli Mills

      It’s a great fit for us and such a wonderful family to help!

  4. Norah

    These are wonderful competitions, Charli with a great cause. I love the thought of Noah’s furry friend helping to interrupt his anxiety. Anxiety is not a good feeling for anyone. I wish Shawna and Noah success with their fundraising.

    • Charli Mills

      Isn’t that a wonderful attribute for a service dog? I might need a revision service dog! 🙂 Thank you!

      • Norah

        I’m sure you’ve got someone who might fulfill that role! 🙂

  5. Norah

    I couldn’t see where to comment on the Roundup. I can’t wait for it to start. It looks very exciting!

    • Charli Mills

      Thanks, Norah. Maybe something is disabled on the page. I’ll check into it!

  6. Ula

    Reblogged this on confessions of a broccoli addict and commented:
    What a great opportunity! Carrot Ranch is hosting a flash fiction writing competition. Read about it at the link below.

    • Charli Mills

      Thank you so much, Ula!

  7. Damyanti Biswas

    Sounds like a great event for a wonderful cause!

    • Charli Mills

      Thank you! I hope you can help us share the news of this contest and benefit!

  8. Christina Rose

    Reblogged this on The Wordy Rose and commented:
    I am so excited to participate in this fundraiser! Such a great cause and a great theme to write about!

  9. Christina Rose

    Reblogged!! Cannot wait to participate in this! Going to do some writing this weekend (finally a chance to write! yay!) and will definitely get working on this piece! 😀

    • Charli Mills

      Thank you!!! I so appreciate the reblog and excited that you’ll be writing a piece!

    • Charli Mills

      Great vibes all the way around!

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