Sunday, 3 December 2017

Small story - big prize.

The Reader's Digest are again running their 100 word short story competition. (Thanks to Carrie Hewlett for reminding me.) It's free to enter, you have until mid February to come up with something good and the prize is £1,000!

Are you wondering about a catch? There are a couple. Reader's Digest take world copyright as a condition of entry. Despite this, there will be an enormous number of entries, making your chances of success quite slim.

What do you think - is it worth a try?

I couldn't think of a way to illustrate this post, so here's a random photo of mine that you may, if you wish, use as a story prompt. If it inspires a piece of writing, of any length, please let me know.

16 comments:

  1. There's the old saying: nothing ventured ....
    I'm interested to know how people like me (procrastinators) should best make a note of the competitions you kindly advertise.

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    1. Don't make a note - get on and write an entry!

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  2. My gut reaction was to think 'no way would I give up my copyright!' and then I thought, 'hey it's only 100 words and the prize is disproportionately large, so I might give this a go'.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. That's pretty much how I feel about it, Susan.

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  3. Thanks for this, Patsy. Just when I got all hyped up and was looking on my computer for a 100 word piece that I thought I'd send into the competition, I discovered it's only for residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland! Being in the Bahamas I can't enter. Anyway, at least it made me remember a couple of potentials lurking in a folder on my computer. I'll dig them out and see where I can send them!

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    1. I hope you find good homes for the lurkers, Fay.

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  4. Interesting. I've heard about Reader Digest's submissions before but yet to enter one. Might try entering one this time.

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    1. Someone has to win, Lidy - and your chances are far better if you enter!

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  5. Worth a try - and as Susan says, ceding the copyright to 100 words wouldn't matter if you won £1000!

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  6. It is definitely worth checking out. Thank you Patsy for highlighting it.

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  7. I should try writing 100-word stories sometime.

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    1. It's satisfying to be able to complete a piece in a fairly short space of time, Chrys.

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  8. I have entered this in the past, Patsy, but probably before starting to write short form poetry. Maybe I have a better chance now! :)

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    1. I should think so - you're very good at saying a lot with a few words.

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Thanks so much for commenting!