I like to participate in contests. It ties in nicely with my need for immediate gratification. Not that I always win. But at least I find out the contest results in a semi-timely manner. (When you freelance, sending out articles and stories that float around for MONTHS, sometimes YEARS, immediate gratification becomes an issue.)
The Abilene Writers Guild sponsors an annual contest with a very reasonable entry fee ($5.00 for shorts, $10.00 for novel entries) and lots of categories. But the one that will interest readers here at F & K is the “Children’s Stories for readers ages 3 to 8.” You have 1,000 words to wow the judges (though you may not need that many at all) and postmark that brilliant entry by November 30th.
And you might have another story hanging about that would be pefect for other categories. So, go to their site here or peruse abilenewritersguild.org for other interesting writing bits you’ll want to keep.
Oh, and by the end of March, you’ll know whether you won or not. Which is a lot better than waiting a year, right?