Saturday, 27 January 2018

Something or nothing?

Txlit used to run competitions with an entry fee and a cash prize. The regulations concerning SMS services have changed ecently, meaning they can no longer collect an entry fee and therefore can't fund the prize. They're still running the competition though. You can enter, by texting a very short story, based on the current month's theme.

(Yes, that really is my phone. I never claimed to be technologically advanced, did I?)

How do you feel about competitions with no prizes?

I think they can be good fun, provide valuable experience, prompt ideas for work we might sell somewhere and boost our confidence should we win. But ... The same can be said of those which offer cash or something else that's useful.


12 comments:

  1. Aw, that's a shame about the changes - I won one of their comps some years ago and was runner-up in another but had forgotten about them recently. Not a bad exercise though to try still as there are so few words to play with. I still don't have a smartphone, Patsy, as I don't want the distraction of the Internet while out and about!

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    1. I agree with you about the distraction, Rosemary. I'd rather look where I'm going than at Facebook.

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  2. I have the same type of phone, too. I am a nineties chick! A comp without a prize... mmmm... IDK, I thought the whole point of a comp was to win something, no matter how small. If the publishing credit is worth its weight, then maybe, but if no one's really heard of it, probably not.

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  3. How do I feel about comps with no prizes? It depends on the comp and exposure. I like comps that offer inclusion in an anthology regardless of cash rewards because whatever anyone thinks of anthologies, having an actual book in my hands that contains something I've written is always a thrill.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. If you feel that being included in an anthology is a worthwile reward then it is, Susan - for you at least. Quite often authors will get a free copy or the chance of royalties too, which is a lot better than nothing.

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  4. The IWSG anthologies pay royalties...
    Is that really your phone? I haven't seen a phone like that in a long time.

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  5. Prize or no, I like the concept. Story in 160 characters? Hm.

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  6. I like comps with prizes, who wouldn't, but I don't mind the ones with no prozes as long as they are doing some good, such as a charity anthology etc

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    1. I can see that might be an incentive to enter, Maria.

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Thanks so much for commenting!