In last week’s blog, I mentioned that entering a contest would be good for you. Well, I have decided to enter one myself and would love to tell you about it. This would be my second attempt at entering a story in a contest and I figured after so much time, let’s give myself another chance. I hope you take the journey with me and we can compare our results.
Through my LinkedIn account, I received notification from Boroughs Publishing Group about a contest entitled, “What’s In A Name? Boroughs 2013 Novella Contest”. The contest is based on the title of a song, any song, and you have to be able to produce a novella 25,000 to 40,000 words to be submitted by May 31st 2013. I didn’t see a fee for this contest, so I’ll have to keep you posted but the prize is truly interesting. All finalists get a contract to have his or her story published and sold by Boroughs Publishing Group and the winner gets that and so much more. You will find the details at their website http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/about/enews/february-2013-e-newsletter in their e-newsletter for February 2013 under Boroughs Publishing Group News.
I was looking forward to this contest. The first thing I did was search through my MP3 playlist and picked six titles that inspried me to create a story. I couldn’t decide but I figured that once I got going, either during or after the writing process, the song title will fall into place and reveal itself.
The second thing I did was develop my main characters and a brief synopsis of what my story will be about. I decided my novella will be a contemporary romance set in present day downtown Toronto, Ontario with three main characters. What happens when everything you thought was stable, falls out from under you? Jessica is forced to live a life she’s never known and finds true love in the muddled mess we call life.
What will my story be about? Will you join me in entering a contest for us to see how we do? It’s exciting and rewarding to expose yourself to the literary world to see the end results.
Let’s see how we can do. Whether we win or lose, putting your work out there and in the hands of an editor, even for a brief moment, even through a contest, your creation is set free.