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What Motivates People

Other people, of course! 

So today, I want you to read through my contest blogs and follow the instructions. I want you to find a contest that matches a piece of writing you have sitting somewhere collecting dust. Then I want you to polish it according to the submission guidelines of the contest and submit to the contest. 

Then, post everything in a reply to this blog. Tell me what you sent, where you sent it etc. 

Looking forward to hearing from you. :) 

Need a little more help? 

Let's look at a contest together. 

First, here is a list of Canadian writing contests.

From here, I'm going to choose Red Tuque Books because: 
  • I'm hopelessly patriotic
  • I do wear Tuques
  • The contest deadline is not over until December
  • I have written short stories about Canada, and I am Canadian
  • Entry fee is reasonable $15
  • First place pays $500
  • Formatting requirements are not excessive. I can follow the guidelines -- (typed, double-spaced, unpublished, 1500-5000 words, no name on submission, separate cover sheet). 
  • Drawback - it's a postal submission, but I can walk to the post office for this one.
If you have a short story written about Canadians, or it takes place in Canada (change the name of a town), or you are Canadian, it shouldn't take you more than 3 hours to polish, create your cover sheet, write a cheque, print and put in an envelope and mail off.

Then, take another 20 mins to create your spreadsheet, keeping track of your contest submissions. 

Let me know when you're done. :)

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