Have you joined a writing contest? I am not good at writing so I dont' have the volition to join such. However, there was a time that I joined one writing contest conducted by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). The winner would be given a tour of Japan. The theme is about the development of computer systems vis-a-vis the economy of the nation. It was 1991, if I remember it correctly. My entry was chosen as finalist and won me a technical dictionary, a good one for IT people because there was no Google yet and no internet either.