A leaflet fell out of my magazine for The Bridport Prize. Could it be a sign? I’m taking it as one! Where is the harm in entering this competition? There’s none at all. I am a fledgling writer and I know the odds of me winning are slim but not as slim as if I don’t enter at all – and herein lies the challenge.
For short stories, the required word count is 5000 words. At the rate I write, I would struggle to write a new story in 27 days. Oh yes, I forgot to say, the deadline is 31 May.
So, the plan is to use a short story I have already written. I have the ideal story in mind. As I write this, the aforementioned story only contains 1500 words so I have to fatten this bird up. 27 days to write an additional 3500 words. Eek!
Not to worry, I’m relishing the challenge. I may not win but I’m going to have fun trying. If nothing else, it will give me practice in discipline and working to a deadline. Perhaps this is just the boost I needed.
Self-imposed deadline coming up next month for the completion of my first short story compilation. Watch this space!