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Fingers of Fury

Smoke emits from my keyboard. My finger tips glow like irons in a fire. Words race across the page.

What’s that I’m doing? Oh, just writing about a million articles for contests. Nothing to see here….unless you enjoy hand injuries. Today I’ve been researching writing contests in an attempt to submit articles as a supplementary source of income. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of these and while I may be able to submit duplicate articles to some, others require very specific subject matter and length.

On top of that, there are fees for entering certain contests, and admittedly rewards. The fees really add up. I wasn’t thinking when I put a $15 entry here, a $20 entry there, but now I’m somewhere in the 300s (if I complete all of them…which I won’t). If I fail at my objective, I’m not only getting rejected, but I’m losing all my entry fees as well.

To be honest, I’m only dramatizing it. I will only submit to a handful of them because I have limited funding. I’ll probably end up spending 50-100 dollars in the next two months. If I win a single contest I could recoup all my losses. However, if I lose all of them (which is more likely as this is my first attempt at competition writing), I will be even broker than before.

The good news is that I’ll get to read lots of, hopefully, creative rejection letters.

“Dear Sir or Madam,

We regret to inform you that while you think your story worthy of publication, we do not.

Regretfully(for having read your entry)

Evil Corp”

Confidence Kenneth! Confidence! I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darn it…PEOPLE LIKE ME!!!


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12 thoughts on “Fingers of Fury

  1. Go for it!!! All the best, and be sure to share your winnings with your wordpress fans 🙂

  2. womanwhowritesstuff on said:

    Practice, practice, practice. Good Luck!

  3. Let us know how it goes.

  4. Aren’t there writing contests without entry fees? You shouldn’t have to spend money to make money for a contest. Just be careful.

    • I am being careful. There are contests without, but most of them are for full books, the ones with entry fees are for short stories and poems. The fee is a “reading fee” and they’re all for (at least most of them) well established publications.

      • Okay…I just don’t want to see you get burned. You are a good writer Nuke. Someone will pick you up. (Not in a personal escort way, for writing).

      • I’m not saying that you couldn’t be a personal escort, I just didn’t think that was what you were going for. If it is, that is fine, but you still shouldn’t have to pay. They should pay you. Not like I know from personal experience or anything…

        Sorry, chatty this morning.

      • This is why we don’t have nice things Hobbler…this is why we dont’ have nice things!

      • Sorry Nuke…I didn’t know about your “things” that aren’t so nice. I hope I didn’t offend you. My “things” are just fine, thank you, so I don’t know what “we” you are talking about.

  5. They will always add “Best of luck with your future endeavors”. Not sure that it softens the blow.

  6. Definitely you should go for it. What did we learn in some schools? “The answer’s always No till you ask”

  7. Yes we do like you! Good luck with your competitions!

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