I dropped my story in the mail yesterday, but I wouldn’t bet on my chances. The competition in the contest is intense. Two local writer friends entered and I’m not sure my story could beat their stories, nevertheless EVERYBODY’S stories. So I’m not counting on the prize money. I quite like the story I entered, but my chances of winning the $1000 are about the same as winning $1000 in the lottery. So why did I enter?
Because the contest pushed me to write a story within 750 words about a predetermined topic. It was an excellent chance to work on my craft with a deadline. I couldn’t just think, “I should write a short story someday.” The contest made me write it and revise it several times by January 31. Without the contest, that story–and I quite like that story–would not exist. In a way, my ticket into the contest is more valuable than the prize itself.
Now the SCBWI Work in Progress grant deadline is approaching. Again, the competition is intense. But entering would force me to polish a synopsis now instead of procrastinating, so I’m considering it.
I’ll be keeping my eye out for other contests this year. If you hear of any good ones, please pass them on!