Greetings to those of you who are taking part in NYC Midnight’s Short Story Challenge, 2017 edition! (Not a long hashtag at all, is it?)
This is my first time competing, and I can already tell, I wish I’d started participating sooner. I saw adverts for the contests on my Facebook feed; the first one I noticed was for a screenplay competition, and I was currently enrolled in a screenwriting course for my masters. (Coincidence? Probably an example of Facebook’s targeted marketing.) Anyhow, regardless of how this one pans out, I will definitely be marking my calendar for this year’s screenplay competition.
Yesterday, the prompts were released for the first round of heats. There are a lot of us – I know I saw the number “100” in the “Heat” column, and I’ve no idea how many writers are in each group. One glance at the alphabetized list, and I nearly went cross-eyed.
I’ve begun penning the fragment of an idea for my prompt, (romantic comedy…) but nothing has really gelled yet, so I’ve no idea if I’ve got a winner on my hands. Luckily, I’ve got another week. *whew*
I am incredibly grateful to NYC Midnight for hosting an event such as this. When you’re penning a novel, and the going gets tough, but you don’t want to all out quit writing, (though some days you swear you absolutely will) having a prompt and a deadline is a welcome, inspiring diversion. Bring it!
Here’s to all of my fellow competitors; best of luck! Hit me up on Twitter or leave a comment here if you feel like commiserating over a roasted plot bunny. (I like mine with a dash of rosemary and thyme.)