I've said it before and I'll say it again - I would never enter a competition where the prize was publication alone (unless it was a very prestigious one)as you are then unable to use the story again. So I must be mercenary as well, Patsy! I expect there are others who would disagree.
That's two of us then, Wendy.
This is a new word for me! As for comps that only offer publication it would depend where it was going to appear. Something worthwhile then OK but an obscure place then probably NO!
Where the work was to be published might make a difference I agree, Suzanne.
I've learned a new word today!
The space between arches has a name?!?! LOL!! Wonderful! I just looked at the competition - not even a bar of chocolate for the winner! LOL! Take carex
A competition with chocolate as the prize would be a lot more tempting, Kitty.
New word for me too. I'll have to see if I can slip it into a conversation some time!Hope the change to full time writing is going well.
I'm enjoying having more time to do what I want, L. I have to confess a lot of that time has been spent gardening, but sometimes I'm plotting whilst working on the plot (if you see what I mean)
Well you learn something new every day! I love arches too.
Glad I could contribute to your vocabulary, Karen.
Great word Patsy. I'm a fan of arches, always taking photos in abbeys/churches etc. Nice piece on editing too. I've learned to always re-save doc before editing so I can revisit original, or to put deleted scenes in separate document. Cos you never know where you want to re-use bits of writing.
I've deleted stuff and regretted it, Tracy so I try not to delete anything now that I could possibly want to refer to or use again.
Maybe if one is desperate for publication at any cost (which is no cost at all)then this could be a good one to enter. Especially if a number of writers have been put off, which means less competition. Food for thought?
It's true that competition probably won't be too fierce, Maggie so something like this might be good for new writers, or people who have something they particularly want to write but which would be hard to place.
What a wonderful word, Patsy, thank you. I hadn't heard it before. It's always nice to have a prize or two on offer if you enter a competition, although I have noticed that Charity comps are sometimes open just to create an Anthology for fundraising, or perhaps only have very small prizes. I certainly don't mind that, but would think carefully about entering a competition just for publication. There's always plenty of comps to choose from, and a long list of these on the Prize Magic website.
Charity competitions are a little different, Sharon. In a case like that I think the writer should decide a value for their work and then consider they've donated that amount to the charity.
Love that word - and arches! Like you, I'd rather be paid these days for publication.
Payment and prizes are good, Rosemary!
Hi Patsy - Spandrel is a new one on me .. thanks for letting us know about it .. and I popped by your other post .. but got bombed out .. off to rectify that ... Cheers Hilary
Thanks, Hilary. See you did manage to get in eventually.
The space between arches sounds like it could be the inspiration for a story.
Could well be, Deborah. Do let me know if you write it.
I might consider entering a competition where the only prize is publication if it's being run by a magazine or publisher with a good reputation, but I'm a bit wary about a publisher that tells writers to 'be shure your story shows readers ... 'Thanks for introducing me to spandrel though. I must drop that into a conversation!
I've not worked it into a conversation yet, Linda. Must try harder!
Spectacular spandrels, Patsy.
Thanks so much for commenting!