.

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  No entry fee, a prize of $3,000, unpublished and published (but not anything published before January 1, 2012) entries accepted.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!   

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

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.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »