Competitions vs publishing

Kate Murray

There has to be a balance. I can’t always write small things for competitions but at the same time I can’t always be working on longer pieces. How many competitions should I do?

The problem is the feeling that I have missed an opportunity… It sits in my gut like a rock. I don’t like throwing possible chances away, and sometimes it feels like it. So this year I have got to find a balance. It’s harder than I thought…

So far this year I have submitted to 3 competitions of varying sizes but I haven’t worked on any longer pieces. My mum turned to me and asked me where my money comes from…

“The books,” I answered. It was an easy question.

“So why are you writing smaller pieces?”

The question is not unfounded. I love to write the short stories but the money comes from the novels. I…

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I am an artist, accountant and author living in western New York, transplanted from Denmark, Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania (in that order!) I love the beauty of the world and sharing it with others through jewelry, photography, digital painting and writing.

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