How to win the Writers of the Future contest

John’s notes:

I lost my day job last year. The grocery store closed down as Walmart opened up nearby. Been searching for work ever since. I admit there are days where I have difficulty in getting out the door searching. On some days I don’t get out the door. No one seems to be hiring. Or there is some blacklist out there saying not to hire me.

Must be my imagination. Of course there is no such blacklist. Or is there one?

I started rethinking my writing strategies. A book can take an awfully long time to write. Once it is written you would have to check for grammar, structure, narrative flow, readability, and endless other things. You would not know for a while if you are going to be accepted. Or rejected.

This brought me back to the realm of short stories. Supposedly I could write more short stories than I can write a novel. They are quicker to write than novels. At least that is my theory.

Feels like an insurmountable task ahead of me. Like someone at the gates of a massive castle that only opens to a few. That few are published and paid writers.

Brad R. Torgersen

To quote one of my favorite old movies from the 80’s:

CHARLES DE MAR: I’ve been going to this high school for seven and a half years. I’m no dummy.

I originally put this up on the Writers of the Future phpBB forum, but I wanted to repost it here for everyone who doesn’t visit that forum, but is still curious about what it takes to get called up to the WotF ‘majors’ and, ultimately, get a base hit — or a home run!

These are just my opinions, of course. But seeing as how I never got a rejection — four Honorable Mention and two Finalists, one of which won — I do think I have my finger somewhat on the pulse of the contest.

NOTE: Please read recent volumes of the contest anthology. I’d recommend vol. XX through XXV, if you can get them on-line or at your…

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