I read an ebook today on how to win writing contests by John Yeoman (to be found at http://www.writers-village.org/welcome.php ) He reckons we should be submitting around 20 contests per week. Pause while I work out that is 1,000 per year. Not just any contests, but those with a spread of paying prizes or prestigious publishing outcomes. It reminds me of a consistent winner of prizes I’d met at the Winchester Writers’ Conference who said she has at least 300 contests entered at any one time. So beefed up with such inspiration I sent a story off to the BSFA annual James White Award – free to members. I also sent two off to magazines I’ve been burning to be published in – Interzone and Analog. One day.
Spent yessterday being inspired by a miniature comedian. He had his one year birthday last Wednesday. My aunty Betty in Cheltenham had knitted him a great warm cardigan so I wanted a photo of him wearing it. Would Oliver keep still? Judge for yourself.