Travel posts from bloggers provide us with unique experiences of different parts of the world from individual points of view, and this I love. However, I found a site today while perusing short story competitions – about which I would like to start thinking – and must share the link with you.
By Friday I want to have sent my two short stories out to a handful of competitions to truly test the thickness of my skin when I will quite probably not receive a word back from any of the organisers! (Good, that’s a goal and far more effective than a vague ‘thinking about it’ statement)
This link will take you to Wilbur Smith’s Adventure Writing Prize. It is an annual competition with two categories:
- A prize for the best published adventure novel.
- A prize for the best unpublished manuscript by a debut author submitted for consideration.
A grant of £7,500 awaits the winner of the second category aimed at travel for that author’s subsequent research for their next book! They will also win a mentoring advisor from Wilbur Smith’s agents at Tabor Jones & Associates.
Wilbur Smith has written enough books to fill the walls of my reading room upstairs, so he knows what he is talking about.
I have an inkling that this competition is way out of my league, but may well be interesting to you. Right now in my writing journey, entering a competition of that magnitude would be like jumping out of a Hercules without breathing equipment. However, reading about it I found exciting and inspiring so I went on to research many more relevant competitions for someone at my stage.
Blog followers represent a true representation of readers across the globe and all genres. I feel I have had enough positive feedback to send some pieces for critical debate. I know ‘judges’ are human and will have their own favourite genres, opinions, pre-conceived ideas about how short stories should unfold, but I also trust that these judges are chosen for their fairness and ability to keep open minds. Why not take a look at a few yourself?
What are you waiting for? I’ll see you there!