Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October IWSG--What if no one comes?

Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. I'm currently #87.

I've come to grips with the fact I will never be the level of writer I want to be. There's just not enough time in my day to devote to what I need to learn. But there are young writers out there already better than me. All they need is a nudge here and there to follow their dreams.

My High School Short Story Contest is live. No one has entered yet. What if no one does? The only goal I have with this contest is to provide a positive experience to encourage young writers. I've sent email after email to high school principals all over the United States. Not a single one has replied.

What if my email went straight to junk mail?
What if they never passed it on to the English department?
What if...

Arg! I need to stop.
It was just an idea.
There's still time for people to enter. The deadline isn't until November 10th. If I put it out there, surely someone will come? Right?

I have 4 amazing judges, and I hope to have something for them to judge. A wonderful friend donated $100 to add to my $100 in the prize pot, so now we have cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! There is so much potential in this contest idea, but I'm afraid my inadequacies with marketing it will cause it to fall flat on it's face.

Do you live near a high school? 
Would you be willing to take a flyer to the front office for me? All you have to do is print the Info Sheet and ask the office staff to give it to one of the English teachers and ask them to share it with their students. It's free for the students to enter and they can win cash prizes and feedback on their writing.

Would you be willing to share this on your blog? I have a website set up with all the information and a form the students can use to enter the contest. It's called Bold New Worlds. You can read all the contest details, meet the judges and see the theme and prizes for this year.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

***I also need to apologize here. Since I'm subbing for a kindergarten class the next three days, it will take me a while to visit your blogs. Don't give up on me though! I will get there eventually. Please leave me a link if you comment so I can get there quicker. Thanks!***