Inspired Mixers Connect Creatives and Audiences!

Mixer details and submission dates are announced in my monthly Lift! newsletter.

Testimonials from Reader Participants

So fun to be a character in a story! J. Bea obviously not only loves writing. She loves her readers and is very interactive! If you're looking for something to brighten your day, this is the place for you!

- Sherry, Inspired, April and June 2023


The story based on my "Wedding Bloopers" prompts turned out very fun and cute! I just love what J. Bea is doing with these Inspired contests!

- Laura, Inspired, June 2023


I enjoyed offering a story premise and getting my idea featured in a short story. J. Bea goes above and beyond by providing a PDF of the story and acknowledging the winner in her newsletter. It’s a fun contest with a rewarding end.

- Sarah, Inspired, July 2023

Testimonials from Creative Participants

Participating in J. Bea's Inspired contest was full of surprises for me, including how satisfying it is to write short stories. Working with a prompt provided an intriguing challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed the helpful and instructive edits with J. Bea. Give it a try!

- Janet Joanou Weiner, featured Inspired author, March 2023

My participation in J. Bea's Inspired contest was an exercise in craft! When I worked on the short story, I implemented skills I use in my WIP but with her readers' constraints. Actually, the constraints pushed my creative boundaries for the better. But the best benefit of this experience was working closely with J. Bea in the editing process. She is a proficient and gifted editor, so I gained wisdom on maximizing my story for full effect as well as insight on craft. And I valued how she ensured changes would be mine, reinforcing my agency as the author. I highly recommend that authors, especially those building their writing portfolio, participate in the Inspired contests.

- Sarah Soon, featured Inspired author, April 2023

Short stories were never on my radar till J. Bea's newsletter popped up with its Inspired feature. Then suddenly I was, well, inspired! Deciding on a theme and working from someone else's prompts was a challenge and so much fun. J. Bea is a joy to work with and made me look good even before the story came out! The Inspired contest is one of the most original and enjoyable newsletter highlights out there. Give it a go!

- Susan Marie Graham, featured Inspired author, June 2023

Creatives, would you like to be Inspired?

Are you a writer, artist, crafter, or musician seeking connections with a new and inspiring audience? I’d love to feature your creativity in a future Inspired mixer. Please use the Inspire Me survey to tell me more about yourself and your creative projects and why you’d like to join the Inspired fun!

The Inspired Journal

Descriptions of the creative responses inspired by Lift! readers appear in the Inspired Journal below. Except as shared by mixer participants, full access to creative responses go to Lift! readers only.

Guest Feature - Jolene Fellhauer

Guest Feature - Jolene Fellhauer

Dec 04, 2022

Coyote's idea is perfect! No one wants snow and the cold months, right? Drawing inspiration from reader prompts, unusual weather, and legend, Indigenous author Jolene Fellhauer invites readers of "Coyote and the Time Winter Was Late" to reconsider the blessings of the season.

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Guest Feature - Jennifer Elwood

Guest Feature - Jennifer Elwood

Jul 02, 2023

In "Taste and See," featured author Jennifer Elwood invites readers to a Santa-themed wedding through the eyes of a caterer facing a power outage. Mixing in fun prompts from Lift! readers, Jennifer baked up a sweet story reminding us that we don't have to face challenges alone.

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Guest Feature - Linda Sammaritan

Guest Feature - Linda Sammaritan

Mar 31, 2023

Featured author Linda Sammaritan takes readers back to the war-torn sixties in her compelling story "Un-invisible," about a teen in a Gold Star family struggling to grieve the loss of her sister in the Vietnam War because of the threats posed by protestors.

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Far Trek - The Perplexed Generation

Far Trek - The Perplexed Generation

Sep 04, 2023

I had a great time using Lift! readers' prompts to write a fictionalized travelogue of my Florida trip that pays homage to an old television show I've been binging of late.

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Guest Feature - Terri Moore

Guest Feature - Terri Moore

Mar 05, 2023

Guest creative Terri Moore helps others deliver encouragement with her handmade Crafty Cat cards. Her custom designs for birthdays and anniversaries lit up the September '23 Inspired contest.

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