There is still time for anyone who hasn't yet done so to register and vote for my story "Of Mice and Astronauts" currently competing in the Crossed Genres 2nd annual Flash Fiction Contest. And, there is still a need. Of the ten stories, two have broken away from the pack with huge leads and mine is one of them. As of this moment, those two stories are tied, each with 25% of the vote. I need your help, blogiversiteers! There is only one winner and I have no interest in being among three unrewarded runner-ups.
Also, I'd like to go ahead and say that if my story does win and I am published on their site it does not mean I will cease blogging as "Eric: Unpublished." Until I receive a professional payment through a conventional submission (i.e. not a contest) and my work is put IN PRINT (nothing against e-zines, I would relish being featured in Flash Fiction Online
or Strange Horizons
and would certainly consider myself published and a budding professional if my work were on one of those sites but...) for the purposes of this blog I will not stop until my work is in a big zine and I'm paid for it.
With that said, I want to win this contest most of all so that I can say on my cover letter to magazines, "I am the winner of the Crossed Genres 2010 Flash Fiction Contest." You never know what may help turn an editor to give your work the extra little consideration it needs. So, please vote for "Of Mice and Astronauts" here: http://crossedgenres.com/flashfic/. Yes, you have to register but it shouldn't take but a moment and of all my family and friends who have voted only a few have had to wait a little while for the activation email and no one else has received any spam from the site.
Get out there and vote! The last day is June 30th but don't dither, make me a winner!
Until next time, I'm Eric and I'm an unpublished writer.
My story "Of Mice and Astronauts" was just named one of ten finalists in the 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Contest held my Crossed Genres Magazine. Crossed Genres is a free e-zine that publishes once a month and puts out an annual print edition featuring the best stories from the year. I'd come across their site before but each month they have a different theme and I hadn't felt the urge to write a story to fit their requirements as of yet. Monday of this week I was browsing my weekly e-mail newsletter from Duotrope (discussed in this previous blog) and saw that the next day, Tuesday, would be the last day Crossed Genres would be accepting entries to their 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Contest. I don't normally enter writing contests because the competition is even stiffer than trying to get published through normal means and they usually require a entrance fee. This contest did not. Further peaking my interest was the requirement that the scifi story be less than 500 words. I didn't have anything laying around I hadn't already submitted somewhere but I love whipping a bit of flash fiction so I looked at my long list of untapped ideas, picked one out and churned out the story in a single afternoon.
Today I received word that mine was chosen as one of ten finalists!!!
Here is where you, oh loyal reader, come in. Anyone can go to their website (you have to register but it's free and takes all of ten seconds) and vote. My story is number 8 entitled "Of Mice and Astronauts." The prize is small, $25 but because the story is less than 500 words that comes out to five cents a word or better which is a professional payment. There will be three runners-up but I want top prize. Not for the 25 bucks but because they will then publish my story where anyone can see (not just those you log into the site) and so I can put on my story cover letters that I am the winner of the Crossed Genres 2010 Flash Fiction Contest. Yes, I like how that sounds. So help a fella out and lend me your vote!
Until next time, I'm Eric and if I win this I can't really say I'm unpublished anymore.