Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Writing Contest

No affiliation. I don't know where they got the name....hmmm.



Resilience Multimedia, publisher of the widely praised book, “Think Outside the Cell: An Entrepreneur’s Guide for the Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated,” is sponsoring its second writing contest for people who are or were in prison, and their loved ones. The best submissions will be included in books in Resilience’s “Think Outside the Cell Series,” which is intended to help the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated tackle hard challenges and have successful lives. The books will be widely distributed and widely read. They are being produced with funding from the prestigious Ford Foundation, which for more than 70 years has been working to improve lives and create opportunity for people around the world.

Contestants may write personal stories about one or more of these topics:

  • Reentering society after incarceration
  • Waiting for loved ones to return home from prison
  • Prison marriages and relationships

Three winners will be chosen for each topic and will receive these prizes:

  • 1st Place: $300
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd Place: $ 75

Stories that do not win cash prizes will still be eligible for inclusion in the series.

These are the contest rules:

  • Stories must be original and about events or situations that actually happened.
  • You may submit stories on more than one topic.
  • Stories may be up to 3,000 words.
  • Stories should be typewritten and double-spaced.
  • Handwritten stories will be accepted as long as they are legible.
  • Each page must include page number, your name, contact information and story title.
  • Resilience Multimedia reserves the right to edit stories for clarity, punctuation, spelling and grammar, and retains the rights to stories in order to ensure the widest possible publicity and distribution, both in the United States and abroad.
  • Story entries will not be returned.

Here’s how to enter:

Email your story, indicating which topic it is intended for, to:


OR mail your story to:

Resilience Multimedia

511 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 525

New York, NY 10011

Questions? Email resiliencemultimedia@verizon.net, call 877-267-2303 or write to the above address.


Anonymous said...

I have a huge story to write about however i would not send it to the contest as it can be altered. I plan to write a book about my expieriences with the CDOC, as well as the entire Colorado criminal justice system, as a friend of Inmates looking beyond the cell.djw

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