Once in a while, I'll submit my writing somewhere. As of yet, I haven't won anything. There are simply too many amazing writers out there who are very mainstream for my quirky style to make it right now.
If you can call it a competition, I bested everyone at writing the most perfect research papers in high school, and entered a few writing competitions, but I prefer to put my work on general forums and just get feedback to see if i am going in the right direction
writing wise? I can honestly say the only competition I entered and received awards for with my writing was in grade eight with a poem, and in OWL magazine when I was about ten or eleven with another poem--I was a runner up and received a book. I haven't entered any contests since then, simply because I didn't really have the confidence, nor did I think my work could apply to the categories or be done in time.
As I get older, I realize that I would like to find more and enter them, but I think I am afraid that if I did that, it would be as far as I will ever get.
I rarely enter contests, and then only ones that don't charge a fee, or at least give feedback for my money.
1). no 2). no
No, but I'm considering it. Too many "plath-ists" celebrating their angst out there. Need to get up in their bid-nezz.
No. I have received awards, but not since losing my pony tail.
Since I am still learning and polishing the craft. I have not yet participated in any compitions other than with blogging. A few blog sites that I belong to give a subject and we are told to write about what moves us. If you story is accepted you can win a free book.
My Healing Powers series has been translated in more than 15 languages. Also, all three books (vinegar, olive oil, chocolate) have been accepted/purchased by One Spirit Book Club (and many of their sister clubs).
In graduate school at SFSU one of my professors submitted stories from my thesis to a national competition. I didn't win but was flattered, anyhow.
I have submitted to a few competitions but not recieved any awards. I've been working almost exclusively on this one project, and only recently started writing flash and short stories to give myself perspective and of course, encouragement.
No. Usually, I like to keep my writing private or to those who actually want to read it because the things I write tend to be personal.
I wouldn't mind entering competitions in the future, however.
I entered the annual Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) annual Creative Writing Festival twice when I was in high school and earned Honorable Mention both times - I keep the certificates in my journal and the ribbons in my scrapbook. Other than that, I submitted my poem "Grandfather" to the National Library of Poetry in 2000 and they published it in their annual anthology which I spent $50 on - they didn't even give me a discount or offer it to me for free for being published in it!