Yes, it's back. And yes, I have a good stuff to share!
1. Writer's Digest One Sentence Story Contest
I am thrilled about Writer's Digest One Sentence Contest! Basically when you click the link it takes you to the contest page where you are asked to write the opening sentence of a story based on a picture. You have absolutely no excuse to not enter this contest because it is not time consuming and as far as I can see, it's FREE! They will be choosing 10 winners who will be published in the September 2010 "Big Ten" issue of Writer's Digest! The Deadline for this contest is approaching! Enter by MAY 14, 2010
2. The Wag's Revue Summer 2010 Contest
I stumbled across this on-line only literary quarterly of fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews on the website for the Paris Review. They have a Summer contest going on right now. The first prize is $1000, second prize is for $500, and third prize is for $100! The contest ends May 31, 2010.
3. Narrative Magazine Spring 2010 Writing Contest
I have always loved Narrative Magazine, and here is yet another one of their many contests. They accept all types of writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic stories, photo essays, etc.). However, I suggest checking the website to make sure they will accept your work. First prize wins $3250, Second prize wins $1500, third prize wins $750, and ten finalists will win $100. All entries will be considered for publication. Entry fee is $20. Contest ends July 31, 2010.
For more information about any of the contests click the links above. Now get going! Happy Writing :)
Hi all! It has been quite some time! Unfortunately life gets in the way, and I haven't been able to blog. BUT....I'm back in the game. I just thought I'd touch on the topic of rejection. I recently applied for an internship at a well known magazine and got turned down. I made it to what I would call "level 2" (after reviewing my resume and cover letter they gave me an assignment). I was so close. If I had gotten that internship, it would have been a big deal (to me anyway). It could have been GREAT for my career. I put everything I had into the assignment, but it fell short. I got an email a week later stating that the "competition was fierce" and they were going to have to pass. I was disappointed.
I thought about all the jobs in the past that I had been rejected from. Then i realized I was rejected from those jobs because there was always a better opportunity waiting for me. Right after I graduated college I was in a slump. I couldn't find a job. I had been promised a job with the department where I worked as a student assistant. They kept stalling, and giving me the run around, so I finally just gave up and started looking for other jobs. I applied at a particular store in the mall (that shall remain nameless!) and they rejected me! I could not believe a retail store would reject a college graduate! I even had a good interview, if I don't say so myself! Then I came across an ad for a receptionist in a law firm. I interviewed and in a matter of two days I got the job. It's not the most glamorous job, but it's one of the best jobs I've ever had. I have more responsibility than I did when I started, I have gotten two raises, and my boss is flexible with my grad school schedule (and the people I work with are fantastic).
I didn't get that internship because I am convinced that something bigger and better will come along. This can be applied to writing as well! If you get rejected, don't let it get you down. Maybe something much more fabulous is in store for you! :) How do you handle rejection?