Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Goal - Write1/Sub1 Challenge - I'm In!

Call me crazy, but I signed up for the Write1Sub1 challenge the other day. I first read about it over on Madeline Mora-Summonte's Shellshank Redemption website.

One of my goals this year is to write more fiction, so this challenge got my attention. I'm #80 on the list, which is still growing.

The idea is to write and submit one story each month. Some folks signed up for the weekly challenge, but once a month should be enough for me with my other writing assignments. The Write1/Sub 1 guidelines don't have a specific word limit, which makes it less overwhelming. I can write stories of any length.

To make it worth my while, I'm searching for fiction markets that pay, or contests with a money prize.

I found a call-out for an anthology from Whortle Berry Press called Strange Mysteries 3. It's a paying market--$10 per story--with a 4,000 word limit. The deadline is February 1, so it's something I could accomplish. Maybe I'll try that one.

How about you? Do you have any writing-related goals for the new year? Or, do you have any short fiction markets to suggest?


  1. HEY! This would be a great thing for me to try. I also made a goal to write more fiction this year! Thanks for this, Donna. We can cheer each other on. =)


  2. My writing goals are floundering a bit...the lines and scenes run around in my head like mice in a vacant house. I just can't corral them into a story yet....

  3. Donna, try for a pretty complete market list.

  4. Hi Claudia,
    I love "like mice in a vacant house."
    Sounds like you've got some creative images going.

    Hi Carol,
    Thanks. You are right about duotrope being a good source. I get e-mails from them.


  5. Yeh, Donna! We can definitely do this. The challenge is very motivating but without too much pressure, isn't it? I just hope I don't lose steam in the coming months... :)

  6. I always start out strong in January and fizzle by summer, but I want to consistently write. It's finding markets, not writing that is so difficult. Isn't it?

  7. I think this is a challenge I might be able to keep up with. I fizzled out almost instantaneously with NaNoWriMO, but maybe I can handle this one.

  8. Hi Madeline,
    Yeah. I sometimes run out of steam.

    Hi Linda,
    Check out www.duotrope that Carol suggested.

    Hi Sioux,
    I wimped out of NaNoWriMo a few years ago, so this might work.


  9. Hey Donna, you might want to try The First have a prompt to get you started, and everyone who's selected receives payment. Next deadline is Feb. 1.

    Have to say I agree with Linda. Finding markets is MUCH harder than the writing. I've got enough stories, poems, and essays to send out for a couple of years, if I could only find the right market. (Translation: the market that says "YES!") :-)

  10. Hey Cathy,
    Thanks for the suggestion. I stumbled upon The First Line the other day and might give it a shot.

    I hope to post a couple markets on Monday. and you are so right; getting to "Yes!" is the goal.




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