December 9, 2013
Welcome to the 26th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.
Last week we featured a 140 character writing contest. One of Limebird’s long term followers, Mayumi, wrote a post on her own blog outlining the process she went through to create her entry for this contest. Read her post here - it might inspire you to have a go too, there’s still time!
If 140 characters is too short for you, then how about going just slightly longer with 100 words? That’s the first one on our list today. Still too short? Ok, well the second and third ones this week are novel writing competitions, how’s that? Too long you say? Goodness, you’re a difficult bunch to please today. Well the final one is a short story competition at 2,200 words. There. Phew.
Wishing you all a good writing week…
Opportunity type – 100 word story competition.
Theme – Not specified.
Word count – 100 words.
Organiser/publisher – Reader’s Digest (the UK version).
Reward – Publication in the May 2014 issue of Reader’s Digest.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – January 31, 2014.
Link for info – 100 word story submission form.
Notes – Very little info available about the contest on there (that I could find anyway!).
Opportunity type – Novel writing contest (Tony Hillerman Prize).
Theme – Mystery, a serious crime must be at the heart of the story. Main setting for the story must be the Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.
Word count – Minimum 220 typewritten pages/approximately 60,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – St Martin’s Press and Wordharvest.
Reward – The winner’s book will be published, and the author will receive a $10,000 advance against royalties. read more »
December 4, 2013
I stumbled across a talk by Michael Morpurgo a few years ago, I only caught the last five minutes and the questions at the end but the part that I heard was about how he loved coming up with ideas. Creating characters and universes and planning what was going to happen. And that bit’s the fun bit. Then you get to the hard part and have to write it down. It stuck in my head because of how much I agree with him, creating things and imagining things are so much easier than putting words on paper.
Though, of course, many people would disagree. Joshua Wolf Shenk said “Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of “Lincoln’s Melancholy” I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly.”
He just wants to get to the blank page and, as Ernest Hemmingway said, Bleed on it. His theory seems to be that you can’t know where you’re going until you’ve got there.
So that’s kind of the pantsers and the planners, the ones who want to write and the ones who want to think about what they’re writing. And I always thought that those were the two groups. You’re in one or the other, whether that’s a strong affiliation or not, but there isn’t really an alternative camp to be in. read more »
December 2, 2013
Welcome to the 25th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest! If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.
If you don’t think you have time to enter any competitions at the moment, then think again, the first one on this week’s list only requires 140 characters. And are you feeling brave enough to enter the second one on our list? Have a look at what you need to do to win that one!
As always, remember to let us know if you have any luck with any competitions or opportunities we feature here; we’d love to hear about your successes! And if you come across any opportunities that you feel we should include in a future digest, then do let us know using our contact form – if we include it, we’ll give you a shout out in that edition.
Opportunity type – Twitter sized short story contest.
Theme – It’s called a Christmas contest, but I’m not clear if that’s a theme for the story, or just the time of year that it’s running!
Word count – 140 characters.
Organiser/publisher – Confettifall.
Reward – Two free meals or $10, a 30 minute phone consultation with the editor, and will get featured in their Micro eChapbook.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – December 23, 2013.
Link for info – Confettifall Christmas contest.
Notes – This looks to be a new endeavour, so let’s show them some support by getting lots of entries in, it’s only 140 characters, we can do it! read more »