Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Article on "Writing Tips from a Contest Judge" is Posted on the Walrus Publishing Site

If you write short stories and one of your goals for the new year is to submit to contests, check out Walrus Publishing's recent posts.

The post from Lisa Miller, publisher and editor of Walrus Publishing. announces  "Twelve Months with Walrus, Monthly Short Story Contests Begins in 2012."   Lisa's publishing company is sponsoring monthly contests with cash prizes and opportunities to have your work included in an anthology which will be published in 2013. There is a small fee to enter the contests. Be sure to read the details and guidelines on the Walrus site.

While you're there, check out my article on "Writing tips from a Contest Judge."  I wrote the article shortly after I judged a short story contest, so the topic was fresh on my mind. I've included specific suggestions on how to catch a judge's eye and the one thing you should always include in your story.

Hope you find my article helpful, and if you enter the Walrus contests or any others listed on their website, good luck!

14 comments:

  1. I read your article. One, thanks for providing the link. Too, it was a grate article--very, very informative!!!!!!!!!

    (I loved the "Name your babies," line.)

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  2. Excellent judging tips, Donna! And I expect to find a story from you in that anthology! ;-)

    (Um, I'm working on those screaming exclamation points.)

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  3. I guess I should inform the world that 1) I know how to use too/two/to appropriately 2) I know the difference between "great" and "grate" 3) I never put two very's in a row and 4) I try to avoid exclamation marks except when writing aboout a car hurtling towards the edge of a cliff. (I wouldn't want people to read my earlier comment and think, 'Jeeze. She's a dolt.')

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  5. My deleted comment was redundant, had too many exclamation points, and typos :)

    Seriously, thanks for the insider tips. People don't realize how important the title is.

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  6. Hi Sioux,
    Hehehehe.

    Hi Cathy,
    Thanks. I like !!!, too!!!

    Hi Sioux,
    You are not a dolt. I got your humor right away.

    Hi Linda,
    You are welcome. And you are right about titles.

    donna

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  7. Good article, Donna - thanks for sharing.

    I struggle with titles but I always come up with one. I can't imagine not having a title before sending that "baby" off into the world. :)

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  8. Hi Madeline,

    You are welcome.

    donna

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  9. Great article, Donna. Congrats.
    Happy Weekend!

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  10. Thanks, Carol.
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Donna

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  11. Great advice, Donna. I need all the help I can get with short stories

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    1. Hi Janet,
      I'm glad to hear you found the article helpful.
      Donna

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  12. Great article and great advice...and not just for contests. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Tammy,
      Thanks. I'm getting ready to enter a contest, so I probably should re-read my suggestions. Hehehe
      Donna

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