Last night, I sent my submission to the CBC Books – Canada Writes – Short Story Competition! I am excited as I’ve never actually submitted to a writing contest before – but I am not holding my breath either. The results of the competition won’t be known for another 6 months or so.
I found entering the contest to be fairly straightforward and I especially appreciated the fact that you could submit your short story online as well as pay the $25 fee online. I was worried the various steps to send the submission would take alot of time, but my story was sent through within about 5 minutes. Great! I also found that their rules and regulations were pretty simple and overall, the process was much less painful than I anticipated.
On their site last night I noticed that they had posted about some individuals having difficulties receiving a “submission accepted” email from the contest organizers. I haven’t received one yet either, but it was nice to see that they addressed the issue online so that contest participants wouldn’t be worried about whether their submission was actually accepted or not. They also provided contact information for the more anxious writer who would want to ensure that their submission was received.
On a personal note, though I was happy with the process overall and will definitely submit to another CBC contest, I don’t feel that I allowed myself enough time to provide my best work. I am now almost 9 months pregnant and though I had left a full weekend to this project, I found my energy levels at the time were not great and so I ended up completing my submission just prior to deadline. Not a great strategy, but I am happy nonetheless that I sent in my story. I anticipate this is just a taste of the balancing act to come as I attempt to finish and edit my novel while pregnant and with an infant to care for.
In related news, the Creative Nonfiction Prize opens on December 1st. I am looking forward to it and already have a concept in mind 🙂