Sunday, March 20, 2011

On the Subject of Writing Competitions

I have not gotten far - yet.  Although it is still mysterious like a dark forest oppressed by rain clouds and dense fog, it's building and brewing - something is coming together in my mind.

I am also working on my novel and as I was reading a particular chapter the other day I thought that it would make for an intriguing short story.  It fits perfectly into my novel and it is one of my favorite chapters in it, but it is also meaningful on its own, descriptive and vivid, with a surprise at the end.

I wonder if I could enter that chapter into a writing competition as a short story - or would the best possible scenario for my short story (a top ten spot and publication - one can dream...) also mean the worst scenario for my novel (no agent would want to read it or represent it because a chapter of it had been published?)

A tough business this is, isn't it?  It all we had to worry about was writing....


  1. That is a great question! Did you get an answer? Maybe something to post on Writer's Digest if you have not already done so. I will try to research and find out.


  2. I have not been able to find out - I think I will post it on one of the WD groups. Let me know if you read about it somewhere. Thanks!