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!