Smaller competitions like last year’s 15th annual Graversen Award, run by the GSHW, can’t hope to compete financially, but although they offer far less money, they provide three, brief critiques to all entrants – invaluable to newer writers [not sure if they plan to do that this year, but I hope they will].
Magazines like Writer’s Digest and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine run monthly flash fiction contests, usually with a set theme or picture prompt.
Online, sites like Every Day Fiction hold regular micro fiction competitions too (I believe their next one takes place in February), offering contestants the chance of online publication and (I believe) a token payment.
There’s no doubt that writing competitions are popular, but which, if any, should we enter?
I’d love to know hear your thoughts on the subject:
Do you ever enter writing contests?
What do you hope to get out of a writing contest? Please select one or more answers from the list below:
What, if anything, would entice you pay an entry fee? Please select one or more answers from the list below:
Aside from an entry fee, what might put you off submitting a story to a writing contest? Please select one or more answers from the list below:
If you received an individual email, inviting you to take part in a the latest version of a contest you’d entered before, would you be:
As for me, I already plan to enter two writing contests this year. I’m expecting the GSHW to announce entry details for this year ’s Graversen Award soon, but in the meantime, I’ll have to get to work on my drabble fu if I’m to retain the first place I won for my 100-word short fiction, Snake Eyes, at last year’s Write Stuff conference.
How about you?
Which writing contests do you plan to enter in 2010?