Writing Competitions + New Contest from Shari L. Klase!

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Howdy, folks! Hope you’re having a splendid Thursday. Today was going to be the day I started back “Throwback Thursdays”, a series where old poems, writings, and prose (maybe even a few pictures) that haven’t seen the light of day for several years are published on the blog. However, there’s another topic I feel needs to be covered sooner rather than later.

Fear not—Throw Back Thursday will resume by the end of this month.

Here’s a question for you: Do you participate in writing contests? Why or why not?

Personally, I love writing competitions. Even when Especially when I lose, I feel like I’ve learned something. Something that strengthens my writing, style, and stories.

Last month I entered The WordHut’s flash fiction contest. Although I was pretty confident in my story, it didn’t place. It didn’t even get longlisted. After a few more revisions, I sent it off to Tethered By Letters contest (results come out the end of this month!). I’m also preparing several stories to send off to the Stoneham Writing Contest, The Bristol Short Story Prize, and others.

Searching for a writing competition you can enter? Look no further: Shari has a flash fiction contest with no entry fee and a unique picture prompt.

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Paint Splashes Writing Contest

Just a few key things:

◆ Deadline: March 25th (a little over a month and a half, so get writing!)
◆ Story must be based on the above painting
◆ 1,000 words or less
◆ Send your entry to paintsplashes@comcast.net (please put it in the body of the email)
◆ Keep it single spaced with no indented paragraphs
◆ Winner will receive $10.00 via paypal; the runner-up will recieve $5.00

Check out ALL of the details here: http://sklase.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/paint-splashes/

Start cranking out those stories and send them in!

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Isabella Stines spent most of her childhood diving into books and breaking the rules by reading past her bed time. Still an avid reader, she spends more of her time as a student and musician in addition to writing, fueling her creativity with Ramen noodles and sweet tea. Stines is currently working on her first series.

You can find Isabella on Pinterest ( http://pinterest.com/isabellastines/ ) and tweet with her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IsabellaStines