101 Secrets for your Twenties Writing Contest



There are two cold hard facts I learned in my twenties:

1. Your twenties can be really hard.

2. Finding success in your twenties (or thirties, forties, etc.) can be even harder!

Today I am excited to shine sweet rays of light on both these facts!

First, I get to help take the sting off twentysomething life with my upcoming book 101 Secrets for your Twenties releasing this July 1st.

Second, I am giving everyone the opportunity to have their writing go straight to the desk of my publisher and included in a published book!

Let me explain.


101 Secrets for your Twenties

As anyone who has been following my story knows, less than a year ago I wrote a post on All Groan Up called 21 Secrets for Your 20s, which went viral thanks to readers like you and has now been viewed nearly a million times all across the world.

Now I am honored to take this message of truth, wisdom, and witty ridiculousness straight to twentysomethings struggling with “what now?” with my debut book 101 Secrets for your Twenties (Moody Publishers) releasing this July 1st.

However, this has been a seven-year writing journey for me to see my first book in print. I have been passionate about writing this message for twentysomethings for years, but had to go through a 2,555 day journey filled with “no”, “try us later,” and “we love your writing, but we can’t take on new authors without a platform.”

I learned the cold truth of the publishing business that it’s sometimes more about the number of followers you have than the message you’re trying to tell.

Well not today my Groan Up friends!

101 Secrets for your Twenties Writing Contest

I am very excited to announce the 101 Secrets for your Twenties Writing Contest where anyone has the opportunity to submit their #1 Top Secret for Rocking Life in your Twenties — basically, if a struggling twentysomething was sitting across from you at a coffee table, what one piece of advice would you give them? Even if you’re a twentysomething yourself, what’s one thing that is really helping you through?

Your entry will go straight to my publisher Moody Collective (no agents, proposals, 10,000 Twitter followers required) for possible publication in the expanded 101 Secrets for your Twenties ebook, along with your article, bio and website featured on All Groan Up.

I already have a few surprise prominent bloggers and authors who will be appearing in the expanded ebook and now I want to give you the opportunity to be there right next to them.

Entry Requirements: Submit your #1 Top Secret for Rocking Life in your Twenties. It can be funny, engaging, sarcastic, serious or light-hearted. Anywhere between 50-500 words, with the structure being a 1-2 line “secret” at the top and the rest of the article expounding on that secret. Enter your email down below if you want to receive an excerpt from 101 Secrets for your Twenties to get a feel.

Submission Deadline: Submit your top twentysomething secret directly to Moody Collective at [email protected] by June 24th, 2013 for consideration in this contest.

Winners Announced: Winners will be chosen by Moody Collective and then announced through All Groan Up on Monday July 15th. Winning entries will be included in the 101 Secrets for your Twenties expanded ebook, as well as featured on All Groan Up. I will then be giving this expanded 101 Secrets for your Twenties ebook away for free to anyone who purchased the print copy of 101 Secrets for your Twenties during the first two weeks of July. As you help spread the word about 101 Secrets for your Twenties as we build up to the launch, then thousands upon thousands of people might be reading your name in the expanded ebook.

Submit Your Twenty-Something Secret

Gain amazing exposure from a targeted twentysomething audience base, be featured next to other published authors and prominent bloggers in a published book, and have your writing reviewed by a publishing house who is solely focused on publishing books for the next generation of leaders, influencers, and creators.

You never know where this could lead.

I can’t wait to tell the world our secret!

If you want to pick up seven secrets from 101 Secrets for your Twenties, enter your email below.


  1. Joanna

    What an exciting opportunity! I now know what I’ll be working on this weekend!

    • admin

      Awesome Joanna! Glad you’re going to submit one.

  2. Sarah

    This is fantastic, Paul! Thank you! Now the question is…how do I choose just ONE secret? Thankfully I’ve got a bit of time. 🙂

    • admin

      Ha. Thanks Sarah. Yes pinning it down to one is tough! I mean I did 101 and still felt like I could’ve done a 100 more

  3. Rebecca Fraser-Thill

    That is an incredible opportunity. Thanks for sharing this news! I’ll be getting right on it. Which of course means that after 10 years of doling out advice to twentysomethings, I’m suddenly going to dry up and have nothing to say. That’s my secret to life: my ideas come when I’m not looking for them! 🙂

  4. Reggie

    I made a note last week to make sure I did this. I definitely have something in mind! Thanks for the opportunity.

    • admin

      Awesome Reggie! Excited to see who they select for the winners. Pumped you’re going to submit something

  5. Christina

    I can’t wait to write mine. Love this opportunity.

  6. Amy

    My comment was not meant to be “speak up” — hit send before I meant to :)! Just submitted an secret! Heard about you over at The Write Practice and had fun poking around here!

    • admin

      Awesome Amy! Pumped to hear that you submitted a secret! Thanks

  7. Joanna

    Finally managed to get my piece submitted!

  8. Blue

    Oh thank you for this opportunity! I’m gonna work at it! 😀 and hopefully come up with a secret no one knows yet! 😀

  9. Jeff

    As someone who employs the younger generation, I see and shake my head at them on a frequent basis.

    Thank you for the opportunity to be involved in this.

  10. kokkieh

    I just want to find out about publication rights for the piece: will your publisher have exclusive rights or will I still be able to use the piece elsewhere, for example on my blog? Thanks.

  11. Michelle

    Were the winners chosen? I didn’t see an announcement.

  12. aaron

    were winners choosen


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