I have an aversion to entering competitions. It seems like a good idea but I don’t do enjoy the waiting around – I tend to forget what I’ve entered, forget deadlines, forget when the results are announced, and sending off my entrance money into such a void seems a gamble when the certainties of the weekly shop are pressing.
Maybe there’s a competition app for that – if so let me know!
So, I don’t want to end up as a writer whose work was discovered after she died, tucked away in a forgotten place – such as this one at the wonderful Arnos Vale Cemetery. It’s lovely to linger there and look at the statuary, but I’d rather make an impact here and now.
So I am entering the following competitions – small scale, local and hopefully winnable. They are:
Southville Flash Fiction and a poetry competition for the Easton Arts Trail. The challenge for that is to write a poem within 140 characters.
I’d advise writers to join local writers’ groups or writers’ groups on Facebook to find out what’s going on locally in your area. In the UK Mslexia is a great resource for women who write. Rather than re-invent the wheel I will point to a fabulous blog and blogger, Tania Writes, who has collated a fantastic collection of small magazines to try. Then of course there’s the Writers and Artists Yearbook – and I’ve just realised the deadline for a flash fiction piece or writing was yesterday. Doh…
Do you enter competitions? What works for you?