Get writing! The FWA Collection contest starts on February 1
Today’s post is by FWA Collection coordinator Su Gerheim. Our goal this year is to flood her with high-quality entries for the FWA Collection. With some of you enjoying a touch of peace and tranquility this holiday season, maybe it’s time to get working on those submissions!
You’re an FWA member – it’s a contest – it’s FREE! Best combination I know of to get published! Start now. Scribble something on paper. Let your Muse fly. Enjoy it, but start now. You’ve got plenty of time to put together a short story or two based on It’s A Crime! That’s our theme for this year’s Collection – Volume 5.
Here’s an idea – you’ve arrived on time for your Doctor’s or Dentist’s appointment. Okay, I haven’t been able to get in to see any doctor for up to an hour after I arrive since the 1980’s. I’m not one of those lucky ones who steps in the door, signs in, and the doctor is waiting for me. If that happens for you, wonderful. My point is there’s probably some usually quiet, “dead time” that you could think about and jot down a paragraph or two for your short story. Or a few lines of your poem. It might inspire you to write about what a crime it is to have to wait so long to get in.
Your short story is limited to 1,200 words maximum and your poem is limited to 50 lines. It doesn’t have to be that long, but it’s not a novel you’re writing anyway, so go ahead, start it, let your fingers fly and have fun with it. We all love to read a good mystery/thriller. Here’s your chance to strut your stuff if you’re used to writing thrillers and a chance to stretch your skills if you’re not.
I’m so excited that Edna Buchanan is our Person of Renown for this volume it sends chills up my spine! She is a Pulitzer Prize winning news journalist who has spent a large part of her life writing articles for some of the most horrific crimes in the world. Just imagine it. Real-life crimes that occur every day, murders, stabbings, violence of every kind. She’s been right in the thick of it for more than thirty five years. Now she’s writing books that are real page-turners. She’s going to write a short story for our Collection book and you could join her and be published in that same book. How thrilling is that?
One more thing being made available to all Collection contest entrants is editing services. Get your stories and poems polished to the best they can be! The contest is judged blind, but it’s still being judged by human beings. And no editing will be done once you submit your work. Of course you want judges sitting on the edge of their chairs reading your stories, not fumbling and stumbling over your words. Here’s something that will definitely smooth out the bumps. FWA is offering a special price for editing services to Collection contest entrants. The web site link to it is being developed as we speak. So now you can have your critique groups help you polish your work plus have professional editors put the spit-polish on the chrome for you. Check in to www.FloridaWriters.net and look for the new link. All the information is there.
The contest starts February 1st, 2013 and there’s plenty of time to write something really terrific! Keep checking on the website for prompts from Jamie Morris. She’s posting five prompts a month to help get everyone started. Want my opinion? It’s fun. It’s thrilling. It’s A Crime if you don’t enter! Enjoy!