I started 'Gothic Night' (http://jonniecomet.blogspot.com/2009/05/novel-intro-gothic (...) ) for the National Novel Writers' Month (NaNoWrMo) competition in 2004 but did not finish for two reasons. The first is that, though I was well on the way to achieving 50,000 words by even halfway through the month, I did not feel that the book was actually fulfilling its literary purpose-- that of being a really good example of a traditional (1790s) gothic adventure that could be used by high-school teachers as a paradigm with all the attendant gothic (cliche) devices that define the genre. I needed to go back and reread 'The Italian' and 'Udolpho' and others to make sure I had my own head straight about it. That took time; and the month waned. The other reason was because I was not happy with the NaNoWrMo parameters; as the editors there said, 'you will write some real crap'. I didn't want to write crap. I had hoped the entries would be evaluated on merit (since that time they have been). I didn't see the point of writing 50,000 words within 30 days and have it judged on length alone.
Also, there was no cash prize (ha!).
no, ive never entered a competition, although i have always wanted to.
Nope. That's not what I write for. I write for myself and at least one other person. Awards are nice for bragging rights - and all writers like to brag, but at this point and time, I have not tried to enter any contests.
Not yet- maybe soon!
I got nominated for the Rhysling Award, alas, did not win, but in truth there were quite a few poems better then mine up for the award and i would have been shocked if I had won it.
I participate in screenwriting competitions, and have done relatively well for a first screenplay. I won first runner up in an International Contest, Acclaim, a Silver Screen Award in the Nevada Film Festival, and have made finals, semi0finals or quarter finals in several other big contests, but have yet to win the elusive grand prize. I am still entered in a few that I have made it past the first round, or to the finals, and am waiting.
I also entered a screenwriting competition that was an assignment based contest, not based upon something I'd already written, from the Biz of Screenwriting, made the final ten and am waiting for that one as well.
I haven't entered any fiction contests, mainly because I don't have time to write anything else. I am working on the second in my Crescent City Mystery Series, and still editing my screenplay, plus getting ready to start a new screenplay.
No. I prefer not to participate in competitions.
I do apply for grants. In 1986, I received a Loft McKnight Fellowship for poetry. In 1996, I received a Loft McKnight Fellowship for prose--a short story. I've also received a Loft Mentor Award for Poetry. I have also been the recipient of two Arrowhead Regional Arts Council fellowship grants and a career opportunity grant.
A writers group I was in for years put together a book, Uncommon Light, that received a Northeast Minnesota Book Award. It was a great thing; the NEMBA awards at that time combined fiction and poetry into one category. In 2007, my collection of poems, The Mother Tongue, came in 2nd after the novel by William Kent Krueger.
No and no.
In my 19-year newspaper career, I won an award from the Illinois Press Association for my interview with the original drummer for Elvis Presley. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association gave me an award for a magazine full of articles about a journalist who had been a publisher for 75 years.
Actually yeah, I went into a competition for poetry and got my poem called 'saved' which is about child abuse published in a anthology, I was really proud of myself, because the teachers said I couldn't do it because no one wants to read about societies problems.
Yes, I have participated in Literary and Oral Competitions since i was in 5th grade, as far as i can remember. And I am very blessed to win most of these events. check out some of my literary contest awards. http://mirates-super.blog.friendster.com/literary-achievem (...)
I went through a phase where I entered competitions like that L Ron Hubbard one, but didn't get anywhere. I had more success with poetry and song writing competitions, picking up a minor placing in one back in 2000. I've had some pieces published in anthologies (Voices.net) but never won any major or minor awards.
Life itself is competition and as I already answer that's still my genre and I am awarded to continue ...
I was author of the year in 1989 by People Searching News.