Writing-and-Speaking Would you like a practical blueprint to win short story contests – fast? Here are three easy to use ideas to win short story contests. Explore them for yourself and shape them to your current requirements. They will work admirably to win story contests – and better than anyone would ever expect. Given the vast number of story writing contests in the world – more than 2000 are listed annually on the web alone – what’s the best way to find contests that will bring you the greatest profit? A great tip is to inspect the balance of fees to prize value. Simply take a close look at a lot of short fiction .petitions and you’ll discover there’s usually a ratio of about 61:1. That’s the difference between the total value of the prizes being awarded and the entry cost. True, the balance gets skewed by .petitions that have big prizes and low entry fees, but they’re a rarity. So if a contest offers a prize total of $600 you’ll find the entry fee to be about $10. And sometimes you can submit two stories for that charge. It’s a fair offer. You don’t run much risk and your payback is worth having. What’s more, it’s your expertise not luck that brings you a reward. So if you succeed, you get a big ego-buzz! Yet you’ll often find contests with very different ratios. Here are some typical cases: 1. You’re not offered any mo.ary awards – or they’re of trivial value. That may be okay, even though there’s an entry fee, if the other rewards are still worthwhile. For example, some colleges offer a first prize of a course or a study bursary. A conference promoter once gave a free place for the top ten winners at a three-day symposium, all expenses paid. And the stars were honoured at the platform. Frequently, a contest offers no mo.ary prizes whatever. Maybe the winners will get their stories published on the web or in some arcane little magazine. Such contests can still be worth entering if they cost nothing to enter. For a first time writer, it’s a great boost to the ego to know that hundreds of people may be enjoying their story. Problem is, these contests don’t make you money. Moreover, most of these promoters are merely seeking free content for their publications. That’s fine, but it doesn’t pay the writer’s bills. 2. You’re offered big prizes – but you have to pay a large fee to enter. If the .anizer is bona fide, these contests can still be worth the trouble of firing up your writing contest engine. They’ll attract few entries at that entry fee so your chances of winning should be high – if your story’s great. However, if they pull few entries, the .anizers will lose money. If they’re a bona fide promoter like a college or big publisher, they may be content to make a loss. They’re promoting the contest as a public relations event. But beware of other .anizers. Will they even give out the prizes, if the event doesn’t attract enough entries? Just check the contest regulations. These may state that prizes will be given only if the contest pulls enough support. Or they’ll suggest that the prizes stated are a maximum value. In fact, the prizes will be taken out of the total cash received in entry fees – and the promoter will pocket a hefty charge first for admin costs. That way, the promoters are sure to profit – but the contestants may not. 3. The prizes are tiny but entry is free. Local radio stations often run contests like that. They seem like a good bet. But what do you earn? Just a token bit of local publicity. Fame is fun, and a great inspiration to a new writer. But it doesn’t buy you food. Have you ever considered why bona fide promoters sometimes ask a token entry fee, although they’re presumably not trying to make a profit? They want to be kind to their judges. If the contest is totally free, the judging panel will be swamped with dross. A little entry fee acts as a quality filter. Don’t trouble to enter the free-entry contest, if the prizes are trivial. Why?You could use the same effort and postage money in entering a well established writing contest, and be in line for a really major win! About the Author: 相关的主题文章: