Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
How do you feel about fiction contests?
As the years go by, I’ve shied away from them, mainly because I’ve rarely won one but also because, more and more, they cost a pretty penny to enter these days.
Now I get the come-on from BookLife, which is the Publishers Weekly reach-out to the indie world: enter the BookLife Prize in Fiction and win $5000! The fee is $99, though they provided a promo code that would get me in for $75.
I was all hot to enter Yesterday Road, which might stand a better chance of winning the whole enchilada IMHO, but when I read the eligibility terms I realized it doesn’t qualify. Why? Because it mentions the name of at least one actual person.
Who might that be?
Leonardo DiCaprio, of course!
Moving on to Occasional Soulmates, it hit me I can’t enter that one either. Who disqualifies me this time?
How can it be that two of my three indie novels are ineligible for a major contest? Did I shoot myself in the foot on purpose, subconsciously? What does it say about me that I keep inserting popular actors into my novels? Should I get some kind of aversion therapy? Who’s up next, Ryan Gosling?!
Luckily I do have a novel that doesn’t mention any real persons. Town Father. Everyone in it is completely made up, including all three hundred women in Hestia. If I decide to enter the contest, Town Father is my long-odds pony.
Yet again, the categories hint at the likely results: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; YA Fiction; and Middle Grade Fiction.
Where’s the Literary Fiction? Where’s Historical Fiction? If Town Father gets lumped in with the General Fiction crowd, it’ll get lost in the hodgepodge of miscellaneous. Oh joy.
Anyway, anyone else out there tempted to enter this one?
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