March 31 is the deadline for two fantasy/sci-fi short story contents, if that’s your thing. Some people will say contests are a waste of time because they distract you from working on novels and short stories for publication for your audience, but some contents can give you prestige. Who wouldn’t want to mention an award-winning piece of work on their website?
There’s the Writer’s of the Future contest from one very famous Sci-fi writer, L Ron Hubbard. This is for people who have never professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.
This is a great award to try to go for if you’re a newbie like I am. I finished a piece in the 11,000-12,000 word range, which has both sci-fi and fantasy elements to it. After I enter I’ll post the first 1,000 words on this blog.
The Second Annual Baen fantasy contest. Enter before it gets hot! You get paid the professional short story rate and some other goodies, including Baen books. Also, they have a deadline to get back to you, so you know when to get your yes/no answer. The contest is capped at 8,000 words. I’m about done with my draft so I have 3 weeks to do some editing and revisions before I send ’em off to the fantasy gods and goddesses.
Either way, neither you nor I are likely to win these contests or even get an honorary mention. I have a feeling my style of writing is not well-liked by contest judges (think the opposite of flowery prose language). Oh well- at least Writer’s of the Future gives you a chance if you’ve not yet self-published (or gotten trad pubbed, if that’s more your thing). But if you do, let me know!
Coming up next: An interview with my fangirls!
Coming up soon: The language barrier obstacle