Longing to Try Your Hand at Legal Fiction?

By Gail Farrelly   If so, do I have a link for you!  Check out "The 2013 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction" http://is.gd/lg5ouy   A friend told me about this contest.  What's not to like?  No entry fee, a prize of $3,000, unpublished and published (but not anything published before January 1, 2012) entries accepted.  Deadline is July 31, maximum word limit:  7,500 words.   

I find entering writing contests to be a good thing, especially if there's no submission fee.  When a "new" story is required, the contest provides the discipline and deadline for me to "just get it done." No matter how I fare in contests, I'm confident that the story will end up being published somewhere, at some point.  Good deal!  It may take a little while to find the proper venue, but that's okay.   

If you're thinking of writing a murder mystery for the contest, you might want to check out Jan Christensen's latest blog post, "How to Plot a Murder" http://www.janchristensen.com/how-to-plot-a-murder/ Just remember, folks, we're talking fiction!  LOL  

It's a good time for me to blog, because I want to get out the word that The Untreed Reads Store is celebrating the 4th of July NOW by offering a terrific special on its website:  4 short stories for $1.00.  See the details http://goo.gl/bT4j2   Here are a few of my latest spoofs (you didn't think I'd do a blog post without listing them, did you?):  

JFK Airport Security Guards Justify Workday Naps http://is.gd/S6DfNa   

Chims Demand Retirement Party http://is.gd/XPYd14

George Orwell Returns from the Dead to Sell More Books http://is.gd/4sbj4o 

NY State Unemployment Benefits Collected by Dead People  http://is.gd/5gQORV

The most successful of these was the first one ("JFK Airport Security Guards...") with 3060 reads.

If the coming holiday puts you in the mood for a patriotic ghost story, check out a short story "A Nobody Votes" http://is.gd/wiwlun I published last year.    Have a wonderful 4th of July!   

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Jacqueline Seewald July 02, 2013 at 02:39 PM
The only problem with such contests is that they publish your work whether you win or not. They gain content but the writer only gains exposure.


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