An ever present theme so far on this blog has been my diminishing return on time.
Every day brings another thrilling adventure against the clock to maximize what availability I have after work is done. Being so process oriented (a big hearty thanks goes to my parents for that), I’ve been thinking on how to actually do more than just record my stream of consciousness on the electronic page everyday for my daily 100 word exercises.
It brought me back to the idea of writing submission contests.
I’ve never done much with my writing outside of letting a few friends read it and give me their opinion or edit it; and I have more than a few scattered stories sitting around on hard drives and Google drives that I can brush up on and determine what to do with them.
Let’s face it, I’m never going to get anywhere simply talking about this or even typing up words on this blog to you guys. I need to be about action. So my goal for this month is to submit AT LEAST one submission to a writing contest.
One place in particular that I can suggest for any other aspiring writers out there is Literistic. They appeal to writers who got tired of having to search dozens (or more) websites to find accurate and reliable contests to enter. They instead have a shortlist and longlist of different types of contests that can appeal to a wide variety of people. Currently I am subscribed to the shortlist (which is FREE) and receive an email that provides a pretty good selection of contests that provide grants and fellowships, poetry and prose contests with cash prizes, direct entry into magazine, online, or novel publication, and even more.
The kicker is that, according to their email, the longlist they provide is 55% more exhaustive than this already really good list of options. But you have to pay around three dollars a month for that one. Not a bad price but I don’t want to commit to that yet. I received my email on June 1st like clockwork but I’m just now getting a chance to look at it. The idea of attempting a flash fiction short story (they’re usually under 500 words long) is appealing to me right now, especially given the 100-200 daily words I write.
I’ll see what I can find and post my results in the coming weeks. Cheers, good fellows.