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:

Rosemary Gemmell said...

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!

Charlie said...

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.

Susan A Eames said...

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.

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Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

I like a prize too, Charlie.

Patsy said...

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.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

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

Rosemary Johnson said...

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

Patsy said...

It really is.

Patsy said...

It's a tough challenge, Liz.

Maria said...

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

Patsy said...

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