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. http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/contests.shtml
From here, I'm going to choose Red Tuque Books because: http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/RTevents/ShortStoryCompetition.pdf
- 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 I can follow the guidelines -- (typed, double-spaced, unpublished, 1500-5000 words, no name on submission, separate cover sheet).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. :)