Writing Contests

DaveK's picture

I bought the Writer's Market book a few days ago. Looking through it there are two contests that close at the end of the month.

L. Ron Hubbard's - Writers of the Future www.writersofthefuture.com

and

Glimmer Train - http://www.glimmertrain.com/

The first is for new writers and Glimmer Train has an open contest and one for new writers. New writers are ones who have not sold anything or just a few stories. You'll have to read the rules. Glimmer train cost $12 and Writers of the Future is free.

Dave K

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Re:Writing Contests

Thanks for the heads up.

I'm not a complete idiot -- some parts are missing.

Re:Writing Contests

Definitely give Writers of the Future a go. We've had a couple of SFWW alumni in the finals.

Pohl's Law: A sufficiently advanced form of technology is indistinguishable from magic. Programmer's Corollary: A sufficiently rigged demo is indistinguishable from magic.

Re:Writing Contests

Glimmer train's regular sub deadlines are Apr 30, July 31, Oct. 31 & January 31.
Bob

camidon's picture

Writers of the Future

Got to put out my accolades for this contest. It's really no differnt than a regular publisher and the monetary dividend is better.

And I've now learned they have more than 1 form letter. My first few entries received the standard form rejection. "Thanks for your submission but your manuscript was not among those choosen..."

My most recent entry received the following form letter: "Thank you for entering the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. Your entry placed in the quarter-finals... ...We commend your achievement and hope you'll submit another entry..."

There are many ways to look at this rejection. I choose the positive version (going against my nature), that I've made progress.

There's a lot I don't like about Hubbard and his views, but this contest is "Thumbs Up" in my opinion.

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Re:Writing Contests

Way to go, CM! I understand the excitement of just getting to the next level before being rejected... Cool like the time my rejection form letter from Fantasy & Science Fiction was signed by Gordon Van Gelder instead of one of his hirelings.

Seems pathetic, but I do count it as progress. Plus making it to the quarter-finals of WotF portends good things in your future...

Pohl's Law: A sufficiently advanced form of technology is indistinguishable from magic. Programmer's Corollary: A sufficiently rigged demo is indistinguishable from magic.

My favorite rejectiion slip

My favorite rejection of all time came from Gordon Van Gelder in 1997. "This is the oddest thing I've seen since I graduated from Whatchamacallit U."
It was another mooser story as I recall.

camidon's picture

Writer's of the Future

I think that rejection is worth framing, Bob. Hey, it got you noticed (for better or worse).

On another note, make that 2 consecutives times I've reached the "quarterfinals" of the Writer's of the Future Contest. I'll take every positive scrap I can get. Now I suppose I'm ready to be rejected in the semifinals, if such a thing exists. Anyone else had any similar experience with this contest?

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Life is a lot like caving: Most of the time you grope around in the dark.