Recently our writing group read through the top 3 prize winners in a local competition and were dumbfounded how they won. The first prize story we, after re-reading twice, couldn’t really comprehend. So I figured, ‘oh, perhaps they liked those abstract artsy stories that purposely make you feel slightly foggy the whole time'.
Then we read the second one, in which the author successfully (?) used six different similes comparing the main character to different kinds of animals, ranging from a bird to a dinosaur. ‘Maybe the judges knew the person’, I thought.
And then, third place, which actually was our favorite, a Southern sounding tale about a father-son relationship. The one thing all of three stories had in common were locations…a certain shared setting. So before I flick away another few dollars, I’m going to make sure I…
1) Check the history of winners.
2) Check the judges and read their biographies to see what they lean toward.
3) If it’s a local competition, will they favor regional writers, or at least writers writing about the nearby locale?
Anybody have anything else? Or perhaps any stories to share about experiences in competitions.
And by the way, Anthony…man it’s tough going after you. =). Great sex post.