I am looking into a writing contest for Good Housekeeping magazine. My grandmother found the information on the contest and passed it along. I love it when people give me writing ideas. Sometimes it can be burdensome, but a lot of times it stretches my views and expands the walls of my writer’s box.
That’s also exactly what a writing contest does. I enter contests for the exercise. Usually the topic is something completely foreign to me (like an essay on one of Tolstoy’s short stories). It’s a chance to experience something new and see how far my imagination will carry me.
It’s also a chance to try out my writing on something that might actually turn a profit. I always enter contests with a little inkling of hope that maybe, just maybe, I’ll be the grand-prize winner. So far, no money yet, but when your chosen profession is an art, everything you try your hand at is a risk. And just like all other risks, you’ll always grow and learn, even if you fail.
The winners for the contest are not announced until December, so I can’t post my story until after that. I hope to share it on the Coffee Shop of Talk at the beginning of the new year.