Tuesday, 3 April 2012
C is for Competition
Entering into the spirit of competitions stretches us, making us write tighter, as we try and stay within word count. We are challenged to think outside the box, as often there will be a set theme, or a first line given to kick-start our imagination, or perhaps a picture. We strive to come up with something different.
Quite often, I've started out writing to the brief for a particular competition, only to end up going off on a tangent, I don't worry. Nothing is wasted, and I can usually find a competition for what I've written.
Some competitions are free to enter, others charge an entry fee, and some offer cash prizes, whilst others offer publication opportunities in magazines or anthologies. There are organisations that will offer you an appraisal, or critique of your story, and this can often be helpful.
Writing competitions may be local or worldwide. Choose carefully, most organisers are honest and reliable, however like in all walks of life, there are some unscrupulous folk around too. Be careful, check as much as you can, ask around, use your common sense.
Here's a selection I've found for you to peruse, hopefully you'll give some of them a try. Remember, you have to be in it, to win it!
First up, if you are prepared to admit you are over sixty years of age, and you're a woman, then the The Grey Hen Poetry Competition might be for you.
Next we have the Daphne du Maurier Festival Writing Competition Stories for this one have to be on the theme of 'The Rendesvouz' with a maximum length of 1500 words.
The 2012 Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition is now open for entries. Check it out.
Or perhaps this might catch your eyes. Frome Festival 2012 Short Story Competition Winning stories will be read by a literary agent, and broadcast on radio.
And finally what about some humour? Flash 500 Humour Verse runs quarterly and offers cash prizes and publication in Words with JAM the free e-zine for writers.