Mothers are very important to writers. Some will encourage and support crazy writing habits. Others will cause the writers to succeed to prove the disparaging mother wrong. Either way these experiences are very important in a writer’s life and useful as they put their work out there for the world to see it.
My mom is a writer and didn’t realize that writing was an infectious disease that her children would catch. I am sure that if she was given a choice all of us would be doing something ‘useful’ with our lives. I fully understand her thoughts on this matter and would encourage my non-existent children to find other careers.
I just finished editing one of my mom’s books and am reminded just how good a writer she is. Lit-N-Laughter, who publish my books, also has published two of her novels. Math Troubles and Man or Monkey are both written under the penname Rosalyn Marie Francis. I highly recommend that as great books and that is not because I am her daughter, but because I enjoyed reading them.
I have discussed National Novel Writing Month before, but it does not count among the contests I want to bring to your attention. Contests can be a great way for writers to get noticed in a field that can be very hard to break into. Here are five contests that I have either entered or have wanted to enter. All of these are Canada based contests with some accepting international entries.
The first one is the Three Day Novel Contest, which happens on the Labour Day weekend. The goal of this contest is to write a novel and do the first edit all in the three days in that weekend. It costs $50 to enter and the prize is a publishing contract for that book. And is open to anyone.
The second is the CBC Short Fiction Contest, which is open September 1 to October 31. It is part of Canada Writes that include a creative non-fiction contest and a poetry contest. The goal is a 1,200 to 1,500 word short story. The cost is $25. The prize is $6,000, publication in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, and 10 day writing residency at the Banff Centre. Open to Canadian citizens.
Next is PRISM international Fiction Contest, which has a deadline of January 15. The maximum work count of 6,000 for the short story. There is also a creative non-fiction contest and a poetry contest. The cost is $35, plus $5 for any additional piece submitted. The prize is $1,500 for grand prize, $600 runner-up, and $400 for the second runner-up. This is open to anyone.
The fourth is the Great BC Novel Contest, which is for novels or novellas with a deadline of September 1st. The cost is $40. The prize is a publishing contract for that book. This is open to residents of British Columbia.
The final contest is the John Harris Fiction Awards, which has a deadline in March. This is for short stories of 10,000 words or less. Though creative non-fiction is accepted as well as fiction. There is no cost to enter. The prize is $1,000. It is open to the residents of northern British Columbia.
These are a very small amount of contests available to enter for writers. There is also the contest put on by Lit-N-Laughter.
Lit-N-Laughter has a contest going in an effort to generate funds and advertising for the company. The Pop Fiction Contest is currently set to have the winner of the contest get half the money from the two dollar entry fee. All a person has to do is write a thousand word story in the genre specified on the home page of the contest site, which is popfictioncontest.weebly.com.
This contest is also supposed to be fun. The entry fee is merely so that there is a prize for the winner, though should the company start making money the entry fee may be eliminated. Until then two dollars Canadian is a low entry fee.
The contest started accepting entries on March 15th and the deadline is September 30th with a short list announced a little while later. The winner will be announced November 15st and the winning entry posted on the website.
All the rules are on the website and there is also a link to the contest’s website from the litnlaughter.weebly.com website. And hopefully there will be more news from Lit-N-Laughter soon.