What The Judge Is Looking For In Your Short Story

If you don’t know yet (gosh where have you been?) there’s an ongoing short story writing competition organised by MPH. If you know about it, you will surely know that the deadline for submission is 31 March 2009.
I got to know of this through Derek (as always, the footie fan keeps me updated on movies and books and now, writing competitions).
Derek is always urging, no, egging me to write that fabulous story of all time. Derek dear boy, I am on a race to find that bloody muse of mine. I don’t know if she’s gone for good or if she only re-appears when it is 2 days to the deadline. Somehow, if I haven’t thanked you, I thank you (Derek, not the muse) for somehow egging me along on my writing adventure.
I don’t know what’s worse – not finding my muse OR finding out that my ex-creative writing lecturer (and present client) is going to be one of the judges of the MPH Alliance National Short Story Competition!
Robert Raymer (of the Lovers and Strangers Revisited fame) will be one of those people judging the submissions! Arrrrrgh.
But he does give a lot of clues as to what sort of stories he is looking for. The kind of best-of-the-best stories. Not soppy. Not cliched. Not rehashed from movies we like. Not set in Paris or LA. Not another drama of Wah Lai Toi.
If you are in Sarawak or Miri to be precise, you can ask Robert all the silly questions of writing as he’s going to hold a workshop on 8 March. Lucky you.
Or hop over to his blog and fire away.
It’s a lovely long post on what judges are really looking for in a damn fine story but Robert tells it best. Plus the downloadable entry form is also on his blog.

2 thoughts on “What The Judge Is Looking For In Your Short Story”

  1. You should certainly be nearly completing your script by now and looking towards editing it. I think it’s near impossible to finish a whole story in 2 days – and win the competition!
    I bought up the MPH competition with some of my colleagues so some of them are doing it with their advanced classes – which they will enter into the competition. I’ll see if I can grab a few to read and see if they’re any good.

    • Yikes. I have not! I am like halfway thru and keep changing my mind about what the story should be. I am my own worst enemy. I have internal battles when I am writing my story. With me, I can still be changing details and all 2 hours from the deadline. Are you entering the contest too? Say you are. Write about football. Or your students.

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