The anticipation of finding out if I have won any of the contests I entered is getting to me. I’m trying not to be a nervy writer, but I sent my babies out into the world to be weighed and measured, it is a little nerve-wracking. I should be finding out in the next two weeks or so if I have won anything, fingers crossed. If I don’t win I don’t think I’ll be crushed, but I will want to know what it was about my stories that were lacking. Insanity be down that road, yaarrgh!
The main competition I am nervous about is Writers of the Future. Winning this is a big deal, a very big deal. It doesn’t automatically gain you a book deal and instant fame, but it really helps in closing the gaps with finding an agent and publishers. It is a very noted competition in the Fantasy and Science Fiction world. Many popular writers have won and entered, Patrick Rothfuss just to name one.
The really cool thing about winning this is that it counts as publication, they publish your story in a volume of all the years winners, and you then qualify to go to a convention in New York that is held for ONLY published writers/agents/publishers. That means making contacts, seeing your writer heroes and all that fun business.
The other competitions can all be found here, for those who interested. I STRONGLY suggest you vet the competitions and people holding them before you submit anything. Lots of things can be scams cleverly disguised as various appealing enterprises, so be careful. I haven’t had problems yet, but is always better to err on the side of caution.
Well, back to writing. Gone word fishing, or maybe Xbox…… dunno.