Monday, 23 January 2012

Writing Incentives

 Writing Competitions

 Competitions often make great writing incentives, especially when the entry fee is low and the prize money is relatively high. Add the bonus of publication and you have an ideal scenario.

Eclat Fiction is seeking short story submissions of under 1500 words  for its second be published on March 1. Three top prizewinners plus five runner up entries will be published. The prizes are a generous £100 for first, £50 for second and £20 for third.

The entry fee is a donation via Paypal and it is left to the author to decide what to donate. Be careful to read the guidelines carefully.  The deadline is midnight on February 6 but if you are in USA or Canada, remember to check the difference in time zones. To be safe, send your email with story attached as a word.doc by December 5 at the latest.

You can find the first edition of Eclat Fiction on the site. It's free to read so you can get a fair idea of the standard and what the editor is looking for. There is no set theme but children's fiction and non-fiction are not accepted.

An extensive list of short story competitions including those for flash fiction and children's stories can be found on the Writers Reign website. Note that the closing date for the Twisted Americana competition is now March 12.  But be warned. They are looking for dark, very dark, crime fiction.The clue lies in the title.

Overcome fear of submissions

The only sure way of being published is to submit your work. Seems obvious--but for many of us the submissions process can be too high a hurdle.

For this reason I heartily recommend  Pub Sub 3rd Friday
the brainwave of author and illustrator Joan Y Edwards.

Her point is simple. The more you submit, the more likely are your chances of being published.

It's certainly worth a try.

 Slow writers

And just to cheer up those of us with the everlasting Work In Progress:

Novelist William H. Gass took nearly thirty years to complete his acclaimed novel The Tunnel.

And Californian novelist Thomas Sanchez  has taken nearly a decade to write several of his books.

One of my favourite books is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  another wonderful novel which took years to write. Sadly the author, Mary Ann Shaffer died before it was finally published and the novel, a best seller, was in the end completed by her niece Annie Barrows, herself an author.


  1. Anne, I'm with you here. We live in such a fast paced society, but sometimes good writing takes time. Joyce took 10 years to write Ulysses. I've been tracking and giving myself submission goals for a while now and it's so much less scary to think in terms of ticking the submission box rather than worrying about acceptances. Some great resources there too.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to drop by, Maggie. Your comments sum up so well and add to the essence of the post.

  3. Wow that sounds pompous. What I meant to say is that you always add an extra bit of interest to the content. Whew.

  4. Terrific tips, Annie. Thanks for sharing. My first time visiting your site and I'm glad I found you on the Comment Challenge list. I'd like to follow if you don't mind---assuming I can figure out how to do that.

    I'm digging into rhyme as a poetic form on my blog. Drop by if you wish:

  5. Yep, I did it. I just saw my mug among your members....

  6. Thanks Bill.I visited and reciprocated with delight. Interesting--and fun--article. Don't know if you're following Maggie and her Poetry Mondays too?


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