Thursday, 4 June 2015

Writing - Another award passes me by!

Well I suppose I must congratulate Ali Smith on winning the £30,000 prize for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. The clue is in the title!!!!

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Yes it is a prize for women and has been awarded to a book that I haven't read but which sounds interesting. Judges described the Scottish writer's story as 'tender, brilliant and witty'.
A novel of two halves, How to be Both's dual narrative focuses on the lives of a grieving teenage girl in the present day and a 15th Century Renaissance artist.
The book is published in two versions - with the same cover - but with the two halves switched. It doesn't matter in which order they are read.

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Ali Smith

A fascinating concept and could end up on my Kindle app.

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Writing Competitions

For the most part I don't enter writing competitions. That doesn't mean I have never entered or that I disapprove in some way, rather it takes time and I'm usually too busy writing to be bothered. 

Soapbox moment

I do have issues with huge competitions such as Man Booker Prize which seems to be rather elitist. First of all, you need to be published already; then you must belong or have strong contacts with the 'Chipping Norton set'; and finally, you need to write weird stuff!

In all seriousness there is probably some benefit in entering competitions, particularly if you win. Apart from what is quite often a significant financial reward there is the publicity at the time of the award and also a 'badge'. If you have a badge on your book cover which says that the story between the covers has been recognised for some degree of merit, prospective readers may well be attracted to your work.
Of course, as in many processes, there are drawbacks such as the financial outlay but entering has to be worth considering. 

Writing Comps - No I haven't joined the masses who seem incapable of completing words - I merely copy the website below.

In the writing comps website introduction,

'Winning small, lesser-known competitions doesn’t lead to overnight fame.  But having a few such successes to boast about does you no harm when approaching editors or agents, so if you do have dreams of a writing career, this could be the place to begin.'

a very informative passage with points worth considering.

I could suggest that you enter one competition a month, or more frequently. The above website will give you lots of opportunities although googling writing competitions will yield plenty of opportunities. What entering competitions does do is enlarge your potential audience and in a slightly different direction, chiefly among your peers which can be rather scary. However, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

God Bless