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My apologies for not writing a post since last Wednesday.  This post is going to be an abridged one, too.  You see, this week I am busy writing short stories for a few competitions.

The first one is Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition created by the granddaughter of Earnest Hemingway and I entered my story called Sakura, which was the project that I did for my creative writing class.  It has some very Asian influences (Sakura means “Cherry Blossom Tree” in Japanese) as well as some historical undertones.  Lorian Hemingway has a fabulous interview that you should check out, too.

The second was the Asian American Short Story Contest and I entered a piece called Our Hands, which is another college essay that I wrote, memoir style.  Out of the two short stories, I think this one is the best, although Sakura does have a nice ending.

The third was an autobiography, done in 555 words or less for the 555 collective.  This was just a submission, not a contest, but I’ve already received an email confirmation that it’s going to be published.  When it does, I’ll post it for everyone!

The rest of the week I took some time off of my novel for the express purpose of finishing my short story for the Writer’s Digest Annual Competition and to do some prompts over at Writer’s Digest as well.

In case you are interested in entering some contests, a great resource is Be a Better Writer, which has the lists written out in submission dates (a very nice tool), and Creative Writing Contests at a WordPress blog which is little more messy but still a great resource.

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I’ve given some serious contemplation lately about entering more writing contests other than the Writer’s Digest annual competition.  This begs the question, how many competitions should an author enter?

Once upon a time, before I decided to sit down and write my novel, I thought it would be great to enter one writing contest per month.  The problem with this was, most writing contests are either poetry or short stories.  I cannot write poetry for anything, and I’ve also found that short story writing requires a lot of concentration and time, much more than I can juggle with family, job, school and novel writing. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve decided to enter Writer’s Digest Annual Competition.  I didn’t make a story specifically for this contest, but I am going to use one of the stories I wrote for a college class.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

Of course, a writer could go broke entering contests.  Most contests are not free.  I’m not supposed to pay to have something published!  It’s supposed to be the other way around! Read the rest of this entry »

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