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.