Win a Copy of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio!

The Prize Winner of Defiance, OhioIt wouldn’t be the holiday season without me hosting a few giveaways! My first prize is a copy of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan.

If you haven’t read the book yet, or seen the movie, it a must for every sweeper. The story chronicles the life Evelyn Ryan who was a contestor in the 50s and 60s. It was the heyday of judged contests where entrants had to complete phrases, jingles and advertising slogans in 25 words or less. Evelyn kept her family going, and even saved her home, by winning. She was lucky enough to meet a group of woman who held the same passion she did for words and prizes; The Affadaisies.

I was lucky enough to be an honorary Affadaisy and attend club meetings three times. They are all gone now, but to me those ladies were the real contest queens.

Read my other articles and posts about The Affadaisies:

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SHORT RULES: Win a copy of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio! (ARV $25 USD). Open to Canada & the United States. Ends at 11:59pm ET on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Entries are only accepted within the Rafflecopter widget above.

If you don’t win it, or can’t wait to read it, you can buy the book on Amazon.

Have you read the book or seen the movie?

2017-11-16T17:06:51+00:00November 27th, 2017|CQ Blog Contest, CQGiveaway|63 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. Selene Montgomery November 27, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I’ve never read the book but would like to , so I’d love to win the prize.

  2. MARGO B November 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I think this would be an amazing read !!!!

  3. Paige Sharp November 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I think this would be a great read and im sure i can learn a thing or 2

  4. Alicia November 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I have seen the movie, but have not read the book! 🙂

  5. Kalynn carter November 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    I wanna read this!! Looks good!

  6. Jonnie November 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I would love to win this book! I saw the movie years ago and keep meaning to re-watch but reading the story would be even better.

  7. Dana Moore November 27, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    I saw the movie and loved it. I know you have met her and she is an inspiration to all of us sweepers

  8. Linda Ricotta November 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I want to win because her ability is amazing plus I have family close to defiance

  9. Katherine Oliveira November 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    My mother in law was just telling me about this movie and how I had to see it. I would love to win a copy of the book!

  10. LeAnn Voyer November 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I’d love to read this book. I’ve heard several people talk about it, but haven’t seen the movie or read the book.

  11. Katharine W November 27, 2017 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Ever since I started contested, I have wanted to read this book. Kept forgetting the name when I went looking for it at the bookstore.

  12. Carmen November 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, looks like a Must Read to me!!

  13. Geri November 27, 2017 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I’ve read stories about her for years and would love to read the book. She was definitely a legend.

  14. Vickie McCoy November 27, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    I saw the movie, but the book is ALWAYS better, so i’m entering. Thank you.

  15. Tammy Shelton November 27, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I’ve seen the movie, it’s so good!

  16. Colleen K November 27, 2017 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    ….I would love to win because this woman worked so hard and deserved everything she won..It would be great to read her story…Thank you.

  17. Donna Kozar November 28, 2017 at 12:40 am - Reply

    It sounds really good. I have not read the book or seen the movie.

  18. JoeyfromSC November 28, 2017 at 12:53 am - Reply

    I wanna read this book so badly! She and the other ladies are such an inspiration!!

  19. Donna November 28, 2017 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Loved the movie, would love to read the book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Rita Sheppard November 28, 2017 at 5:46 am - Reply

    I want to win because I saw the movie and loved it so I would love to have a copy of the book to read whenever I want to inspire me when I get down about not winning anything. I love the story of the Affadaisies.

  21. Julie November 28, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

    This book looks really interesting! I’d love to hear her story!

  22. Shiovhan November 28, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

    I loved this movie, and it really hits home. My sister in law is from Defiance Ohio, and her mom actually knew one of the affidaisies! it would be great to win and give her this book!

  23. Anne Derkat November 28, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I’ve been contesting for about 50 years and love to hear or read about others with the same hobby.

  24. DORENE KING November 28, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    I want a copy of this book so I can be inspired! I have not read it or seen the movie but I sure am glad Contest Queen brought it to our attention! Sounds like a great story!!

  25. Diane Vanderlaan November 28, 2017 at 9:11 am - Reply

    The movie was wonderful and fun to watch – that woman had strenngth, courage, and talent. It would be fun to read the book that inspired the movie

  26. Lori Darowski November 28, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

    You’ve talked about it so much, I would love the chance to read it.

  27. Shannon Baas November 28, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    It looks like a good book.

  28. Heather November 28, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I’ve seen the movie and loved it, so I’m sure the book would be even better!

  29. Christine Yvonne Groce November 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I have been entering sweeps for almost 20 years and have never read this book. Would love to win it and read it. Thanks for the chance.

  30. Calvin F. November 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Didn’t know about the book but now it seems interesting to me and would like to give it a read!

  31. Becky November 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I would love to read the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  32. Sandy Klocinski November 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Sounds likean interesting book to read about a very resourceful mother who helped care for her family during hard times.

  33. Lynne November 28, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I want to win because I’ve been interested in reading this ever since the movie (which I’d also like to see) came out. I even saved this book to my Amazon Wishlist.

  34. Donna Haithcoat November 28, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book, As I think it would be an Amazing book to read, And I enjoy books of this nature!! Goodluck to everyone entered, And if chosen, I would be incredibly blessed and honored!! Thank you again for the opportunity!!

  35. pam t November 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    never read the book or seen the movie…….time to check it out

  36. Heather Swanson November 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I have seen the movie !

  37. Jerry Mark November 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Looks like a great book on the other “Contest Queens” in their own times!

  38. Candace Galan November 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I saw the movie and would love to read the book because I bet it is better.

  39. Janet P. November 28, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I have seen the movie but would love to read the book too! Julianne Moore did a great job as Evelyn Ryan.

  40. Debbie Flynn November 28, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I saw the movie and it was great and would love to read the book.

  41. Joan November 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I never read the book but would love to read it.Joan

  42. Mary Jane Mendes November 29, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

    It would be inspirational to read and might give me more luck

  43. Fredrick Pauly November 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I saw the movie. It was good.

  44. Linda Marie Finn November 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I feel it would inspire me to be more of a sweeper and help to provide for my family !
    I was introduced to the Contest Queen by my friend Ruthie Pople and I am so needing
    to learn to do this for my family!

    Linda Marie Finn

  45. Mary Warner November 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Loved the movie!

  46. Wanda B December 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I would love to win because this totally intrigues me!

  47. susan smoaks December 1, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    i would love to win this because i really enjoyed the movie.

  48. Diana Powell December 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I was so inspired by the movie .

  49. jenn beckett jennpup December 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    My non-contest-entering friends tell me I should see this movie!

  50. Daniel M December 1, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    sounds like a fun one

  51. caroline m. December 2, 2017 at 12:15 am - Reply

    I saw this movie and it was wonderful. The heroine was so inspiring! I would love to read the non-hollywood version of the story :). Thanks for hosting this giveaway Carolyn

  52. Brenda huhtala December 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I love this story. I read it to my mother when she was in the nursing home. It brought back memories of her childhood. Beside being a inspiring sweepstakes book, its a piece of real human history. I lost my copy, and would love to have another copy.

  53. Deb December 2, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I read this book years ago and would love to have it on my bookshelf.

  54. Susan Chester December 2, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    I want to win because I loved the movie. Also I love to enter contests and wish there were more jingle contests!

  55. Janice December 2, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed the movie, so I would love to read the book.

  56. Lisa December 2, 2017 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed the movie and would like to read the book.

  57. Candie L December 3, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

    The title pulled me in Thank you

  58. Harvinderks December 3, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I loved the movie.

  59. Laurie Emerson December 3, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    I would like to win the book as I saw the movie and absolutely loved it.

  60. Cindy Martin December 3, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    I loved the movie and would love to read the book. Thanks for the great giveaway…good luck to everyone!

  61. Stephanie Liske December 3, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I would like to read the book.

  62. Trisha McKee December 3, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    I would love to win because the subject matter strikes a chord with me. When I was unemployed, entering contests saved us and got us through a rough time.

  63. p[rimrose December 4, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Im interested but Im not working I don’t have money to buy it.

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