Hit the Mark

I have earmarked a handful of competitions to enter between now and March. When one studies the breadth of competitions available to all writing disciplines, I wonder how many of us are regular entrants. Whilst prize money provides financial incentives, I believe the conscientious writer is motivated more by releasing their work into the public domain — and perhaps receiving recognition and appraisal — than by the offering alone of certain prizes. (The Swanrick Writers’ School prize might be one such exception) 

In truth, the majority of us lose out financially by way of entrant fees and mailing costs, but still we prop before our computers and journals and flesh words into stories and poems. 

And so is the life of a writer: focus on creation; dream of reward.

Paige Elizabeth Turner
Paige writes across a variety of genres, but prefers to concentrate on her crime / mystery series featuring Private Investigator Olivia Watts and her Watts Happening? Investigations agency. Also dabbling in poetry, Paige produces emotive verse from romance through to environmental issues. Writing is her lifeblood, but as experienced by many writers, there’s a shortfall of financial nutrients feeding the blood.

One Response to “Hit the Mark

  • I agree with your final sentence – some of the entry fees put me off, and reading the small print about what they can do with my story after I’ve sent it gives me another reason to pause.

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