Submissions and Contests

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

Today, I thought that I would share with you a few places that I’m planning on submitting. I figure some of you may be interested in this, and others may want to submit to these calls and contests as well. If you don’t already know about the website [places for writers], I definitely suggest you check it out. It is a website that posts open calls for submissions and contests. They’ve pointed me to the most obscure projects, but also helped me get published for the first time.

The Fiddlehead

Deadline: December 1st

Details: A Canadian Poetry (<100 lines) and Short Fiction (< 6,000 words) Contest. Top prize is $2,000 and publication. Must be snail mailed. $30 entry fee for Canadians. Includes one-year subscription. Open to international entries.

Monstrous Project

Deadline: December 1st

Details: Submit a 1 paragraph pitch for art (prose, poetry, comics, drawings, etc.) on body issues. For an upcoming, fledgling project on body image. May be included in online format or published in a book.

The Amanda Davis Award

Deadline: December 15th

Details: For female writers under 32 years old who is working on a short story collection or novel but needs funding to continue. $2,500 top prize. Need to submit writing between 5,000 to 40,000 words and a short statement about your financial situation. $20 entry fee.

PRISM Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: January 25th, 2013

Details: Canadian Short Fiction (< 6,000) contest with a top prize of $2,000. $35 entry fee for Canadian entrants. Includes one-year subscription. Open to international submissions.

filling Station

Deadline: February 15th, 2013

Details: A call for “Experimental Writing” by women. Up to 10 pages for fiction.



Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo

My tumblr and WordPress are all aflutter with the upcoming annual writing event: NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. You write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, click the link if you want more information (or to sign up!). However, I will not be joining you.

I did the 3-Day Novel contest so perhaps you’re surprised I wouldn’t do NaNoWriMo. I have my reasons:

  1. I haven’t touched my 3-Day Novel yet. It’s been sitting there since Labour Day weekend, lonely and scared, and not touched. I’ve had every intention of revising, rewriting, and fluffing it out into something that may resemble a novel. My intentions have not become reality, unfortunately.
  2. I’m juggling too many writing projects as it is. I have several stories going on right now and none of them are getting done. This is eternally frustrating as it is because I want to submit some work to be published, but I can’t finish them!
  3. I haven’t submitted/published since the summer. I really miss submitting my work and the anticipation of the letter, hopefully an acceptance but inevitably a rejection. I still miss it. I usually like to submit at least once a month but I’ve been behind on that.
  4. I don’t have an idea. I have no idea what I would write for NaNoWriMo. I don’t have an idea that I could easily transform or plot out into a novel. I have one idea, but it’s historical fiction like I did for my 3-Day Novel. I had to do so much research for that, and it was WWII which I actually know a lot about. This other one is French Revolution. I’d need to do a lot of reading.
  5. NaNoWriMo is too long. I could commit to one weekend of intense writing (and as some of you remember, I gave up at least once) but a month is too long. I didn’t meet the “estimated” word count for 3-Day novel but they didn’t care much. NaNoWriMo cares.

So there you are, lovelies: All my reasons for not doing NaNoWriMo.

What do you think? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you abstaining? Let me know in the comments!

3DNC – End of Day Three

So, it’s the end and I made it!

I just submitted my completed novel to the contest website. I’m stoked that I finished. I have no illusions about winning; I’m sure there are 3-Day novels being submitted as we speak that are leaps and bounds better than mine. But I didn’t do this to win, I did it for the experience.

I know yesterday I was all about quitting. I’m glad I didn’t. I almost wrote more today than I did in the other two days combined! It was a great experience. I wrote more this weekend than I ever did before. This is the longest piece I’ve ever written. Granted, in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t very long but I’m still proud of myself.

Here’s the statistics, as usual:

  • 15,944 words
  • 13 chapters
  • 50 pages (double spaced)

I can’t say I’m already planning for next year. I don’t think this is how my creative process works. I didn’t mind doing so much writing, where my downside was that I was working on the same thing so furiously. Many times throughout the contest, I came up with ideas about other projects that I’m working on. I had to note them and turn back to my “novel”. I didn’t like that. I enjoy bouncing between projects.

All in all, I don’t regret it and I’m thankful I finished but I think this will be my first and final year.

3DNC – End of Day One

Well, it’s the end of day one and I’m still alive!

How? I’m not exactly sure. Lots of breaks (too many breaks) and junk food would be my guess. I’ve reached the point in the story that I wanted to get to by the end of today (plus some) so, overall I am satisfied.

I found the real key to surviving this contest, especially day one, is to ignore the word count! Especially ignore everyone else’s word counts! The organizers of the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest encourage participants to stay away from social media and I can understand why. It’s easy to get lost in other people’s progress: Some people are in the tens of thousands of words already! That’s pretty intimidating. However, I am enjoying the social aspect of the contest now that I’ve learned to stop stressing about how many words I’ve got down.

But for posterity, here are my stats:

  • 6,274 words
  • 5 chapters
  • 16 pages (1.5 spacing)

I would have said that I needed to get to 10,000 words a day to really be “in” the contest, but this is easily the most I’ve ever written in one day, ever! So, I have to be happy with that. And I am. I’m hoping to learn from today: take maybe more breaks, but shorter; not eat so much junk food; and drink more water.

How about all the rest of you 3-day novelists?

So it begins…

Tonight at midnight, I will be taking on the challenge of the 3-Day Novel Contest.

I’ve been looking forward to it all week! The only writing on it I’ve done has been within the rules: I’ve made a detailed outline, plotted major pieces of action, and all the major characters. I’m horrible of thinking of names on the spot, so I have extra names if I need them.

What I’m planning to do today to prepare is (in no particular order):

  1. Get the rest of my stuff unpacked from the boxes I still have lying around;
  2. Take out the said empty boxes, garbage, and recycling;
  3. If my IKEA desk chair arrives today, assemble that;
  4. Clean up the kitchen, put dishes in dishwasher, make it look tidy;
  5. Get dry laundry folded, dry wet laundry, fold next dry laundry;
  6. Go to the grocery shop when it stops raining; and
  7. Do some minor remaining tweaks and research for my outline.

Wow! I have my work cut out for me. Luckily, I’m nearly done step one. I have one box here in the living room, and two boxes in my bedroom. Since some repairs need to take place for my to load books onto my bookshelf, those will remain packed for the time being. As for everything else, well, I just need some willpower! The willpower that I was all out of yesterday.

As promised, I will be keeping up with my progress here at my blog. Comments to stir me on would be greatly appreciated!

Wish me luck!

The 3-Day Novel Contest

Over the Labour Day long weekend, I am going to be participating in the 3-Day Novel Contest for the first time.

For those who have not heard of this contest, it is a contest in which insane people try to write a 30-50K word/100 page novel in just three days. (For those keeping track, that’s more than 10,000 words per day.) You then submit this novel to the judges and one lucky person get published!

I’m participating in this mostly for the fun of it. Half of me doesn’t expect to actually complete anything I can send in, but I figure this is a good experience and an excellent reason to dedicate the entire weekend to writing.

I have an idea for the novel I want to write. It’s historical fiction and I’ve begun an outline. I hope to have all my research done pre-contest weekend; mostly because I want to turn off the internet (in the immortal words of Ze Frank: “Stop hitting up your Facebook like it’s a crack pipe, keep the browser closed!“).

I’m planning on keeping this blog up-to-date with progress from the contest. I’m thinking this will consist of a short post at the end of each day with my general feelings and perhaps a word count. I would very much like to make a blog post about my experience over the weekend. Harass me a bit if I don’t have it up within a week!

Thanks for reading. See you soon.