Contest results

The winners of the Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition have been announced and although I wasn’t one of the lucky three, I was one of the ten finalists, so something to be pleased about. Roll on the next one.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

43 thoughts on “Contest results”

      1. Is this a short story or a novel, Jane? Whichever, good luck with it. It’s tough to keep plodding on in the face of rejection – I have a lot of short stories on my hard drive that might never see the light of day. And three novels πŸ™‚

      2. The ‘epic’ I’m trying to sell is the first volume of a long story. I’ve just finished the second part and I’m into the third and final section. I can’t stop now; I have to finish it, but you’re right, it’s hard to know why. Short stories are funny. We all read them and claim to love them. We’re told they’re perfect for ereaders, the people who read on the bus or the train, in short bursts and want an ending before they reach their stop. But hardly any agents will touch them, usually only if you’re already a published novelist ie with a ready-made readership. Yup, it’s hard.

      3. You’re absolutely right on all counts Jane. The closest thing to publishing a short story (if you’re unknown) is a novella, which supposedly are more acceptable to some publishers these days. Even saying that, most won’t take anything under the standard 80,000 words. Readers love short stories because they’re a quick, complete read … and there are plenty of free ones available! Are there any online publications you could sell to?

      4. I’ve had a couple of tries and not been accepted. Several accepted by magazines and journals that don’t pay, which is good for morale, but a bit of payment would be appreciated too πŸ™‚

      5. So many non-paying markets out there, aren’t there? As you say, good for morale but not for the wallet! My problem is I need to keep trying with certain stories. I have a friend who has had stories accepted after trying 7 -10 publications, which shows some stamina I think. I need to take a page out of her book

      6. That’s the point really. If you’re prepared to prepare, format (many of these publications want particular formatting) write query letters for each story, as well as promote the ones you’ve already published and try and find agents or publishers for the others that are waiting, what else do you do with your life? It’s a choice I’ve made, to write. I write a lot, prose and poems, short stories and novels. I don’t have the time to be a publicist as well, and when I have a 110k novel to flog, a 2k short story is way down on my list of priorities.

      1. I won’t, can’t stop, but I don’t have the energy for the hard sell. I’ll probably end up self-publishing the Celtic stories and giving them away. I’d give the Norse stories away if anyone wanted them.

  1. Congrats at trying and succeeding none the less. Sometimes just making it “there” – in this case, the top 10, is huge! πŸ™‚

      1. You should be proud! You’re accomplished and every attempt and success is another notch on the belt of triumphs. Sure, grand prize or top 3 is wonderful too – but how many entries were there? So “rah rah” you’ve got a cheering section over here πŸ˜€

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