Dorothea Helms

Owner: Write Stuff Writing Services, The Writing Fairy®

Professional Affiliations, Awards And Acknowledgements

Whitchurch-Stouffville Grimm Fairy Tale Short Fiction Contest. First Place. $100 and 5 copies of anthology. October 2012.

Semi-finalist in the 2012 Robert Benchley Award for Humour. The only Canadian out of the 10 semi-finalists.

The 7th Annual Accenti Writing Contest – 3rd Place. Short Fiction, “Traditions.” $100 and publication in Winter 2013 Accenti magazine.

The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region Member 1999 to present. Board of Directors, Public Relations ( 2000 to 2004; Breakfast Coordinator 2009-2010; Public Relations 2010-present. Member of the Year 2004

2007 Suburban Newspapers of America Advertising and Promotions Contest, Metroland Media Group, Ltd. – Dorothea Helms was contributing editor for all four of these first-place wins: Best ROP Advertising Section for Giftcard – Holiday Gift Guide  2006; Best Employment Publication for Career Choices – Spring 2006 tied with Best Employment Publication for Today’s Healthcare Careers – Spring 2006; and Best Cover Design for Live It! – Spring 2006.

LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview – shortlisted for “One Hundred and One Words” competition, Spring 2007.

Erma Bombeck Writing Workshop, Dayton, Ohio, attended 2004, 2006.

The Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network and The Agnes Jamieson Gallery 3rd Annual Writing Contest (2005) – tied for first place in non-fiction category with essay “Shelf Life”

Periodical Writers Association of Canada (now Professional Writers Association of Canada) – winner of the 2005 Barbara Novak Award For Excellence In Humour and/or Personal Essay Writing for “The Gift of Words,” which appeared in the January 7, 2003 Globe and Mail Facts & Arguments. Member 2002-2011

American Women’s Club of Toronto, Member April 2005 to 2007

Editors’ Association of Canada, Voting Member, July 2004 to July 2007

Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association (Write Stuff Writing Services), 2002 to 2003

Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Contest (The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region) 3rd Place

Winner in Adult Category 2003 for the poem “Missing Heartbeats”

Ongoing membership in Durham Write-on and Northword Edition (local writers’ circles)

Nominated for a 2001 Rotman Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the “Innovative” category

Runner-up in “Favourite Freelance Writer” category in Write Magazine’s 2000 Reader Poll

Judge – The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region Wicked Words Contest 2009
Judge – The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region 24-Hour Non-Fiction Contest 2004
Judge – The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region Short Fiction Contest 2004
Judge – Canadian Authors’ Association Short Story Contest 1994 to 2002
Judge – Canadian Authors’ Association Personal Essay Contest 1998 to 2000

Member, Canadian Authors Association, June, 1998 to June, 1999


Award-winning Dorothea Helms is an internationally published writer, editor and popular writing instructor.