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

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

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

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

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

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

Working with J. Bea to create a meaningful story for her Inspired readers was a positive experience. She was so gracious in providing an opportunity for me to share my story and art. It was fun to include the prompts from her readers, and she helped fine-tune the story to make it shine with her exceptional editing skills. I enjoyed the whole process. J. Bea was a joy to work with.

-Tessa Burns

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.

A Valentine Commercial

A Valentine Commercial

Dec 04, 2022

“Valentine’s!” Mom was using her outside voice in the store. “It’s all about commercialism!” Mikey leans into that estimation and brings the living, walking love of God into his family's living room.

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Far Trek - The Perplexed Generation

Far Trek - The Perplexed Generation

Jul 02, 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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"Ask the Stars" Inspired Story Wins Contest

Mar 31, 2023

The December short written by J. Bea Wilson and inspired by the photography of Sonia Amin won The Company's Wildcard Writing Contest!

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Ask the Stars

Ask the Stars

Sep 04, 2023

I was delighted when friend and children’s author Sonia Amin submitted this stellar photo for the Winter ’23 Inspired Photo Contest, inspiring me to continue the story from the Fall ’22 contest.

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