A Proposal.

Look. I even got you an engagement ring. You see how serious I am?

Sooooo…. I’m not sure how many people really visit my blog on a regular basis or how many would be interested in this, thus… I am putting forth a proposal.

Brace yourselves!

I’ve been thinking about this for a while and, encouraged (egged on) by ‘Timony Souler, I have decided I will see what you other folks of the interwebs think to this idea.

How would you feel if I opened a competition day? It would be much like #TuesdayTales or #MenageMonday but with a few differences. These are differences because I’m pernickety and would also like to help other writers with their craft.

Don’t get too excited, though. The prizes will not be read throughs or query critiques.

Instead, my idea is this:

There will be a picture prompt and another written prompt to base your tale around. These stories will be 150 words with a five word margin either side of that word count. Stories will be posted in comments below the prompt post and must include either a name or a twitter handle and the number of words used – those without these will be discounted as entries.

Posts will go up on Saturdays in the very early hours (GMT) and will be open until midday (GMT) Sundays.

Thereafter one overall winner will be announced. Their full story will be in the next blog post. Also in the blog post will be mentions of three runners up and why they’re mentioned.

Furthermore, three other stories will be mentioned. These will be stories that didn’t quite make it. The judge will thus explain what little they were lacking and what could have been improved so that they made it either to being the three mentions or the overall winner.

I will even have a little blog badge made up if you really want. These are my rough ideas.

Does that sound too complicated? Would people be interested? Or have I just wasted a blog post? Please let me know!

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10 thoughts on “A Proposal.”

  1. There are so many contests out there and I too panic about not having enough time. I am writing 2 more books as well, and have a blog of my own. BUT, I really like the idea of having the weekend to do it, as well as the constructive criticism on the stories that didn't quite make it. This is a contest I would have time for and wouldn't even mind losing. 😀

  2. Sounds very cool, and I like the twist of including a "why" for stories that didn't quite make it.

    I'd be in whenever I could, but haven't had the webpresence lately I'd like because of outside constraints.

    This one seemed worth popping over to comment on though. I'll catch up on the rest later.

  3. I think that is a great idea. A friend of my brother's did something similar and it was very successful.
    Let us know what you decide.

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