two drops of ink fiction writing challenge

The Two Drops of Ink ‘Fiction Writing Challenge’

“Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.” — John Hersey 

As many of you know, we did a poll a couple weeks ago and wanted your thoughts about writing fiction and a possible fiction writing challenge. Our blog, though successful, is heavily memoir, writing advice, and poetry. We do have some fiction, academic essays, and other genres; however, we wanted to diversify our archives for the virtual library we have become.

Now, keep in mind that in our last poll, which we conducted in June of this year, we asked what types of posts you liked best. The answers were as follows: #1 writing advice, #2 more memoirs, #3 more “Grammar Shorts” (We will be doing more of those), and a distant fourth was fiction. That said, we never really asked for submissions of fiction or did any contests.

It’s funny, the week before this poll, I received a couple of fiction submissions. I think our blog is connected to the cosmic premonitions of the universe…but I digress.

Our Thoughts on Your Thoughts

After looking at this poll’s results, and reading your comments, we see that you are interested in a fiction writing contest prompted by images and that you would like to write either long fiction (no more than 4000 words), or Flash Fiction.

Some Caveats

We love our loyal fans, followers, readers, and writers. We have done these polls to see how we can become more of the site you wish us to be. We want to help writers and intrigue readers. We want to publish a diverse set of genres and to be known as one of the top literary blogs on the net. You have asked us to do the things we do, and we have tried to comply. We hope that you enjoy this contest and work hard for its rewards. We will provide the images for the writers to choose from on the day of the official start to this contest. Our staff writers can participate, but they cannot win the grand prize.

The Reward

Every challenge needs a reward, something to work for – this one has nothing…just kidding. In the past, we have seen writers come from nowhere and enter our contest only to become stars here and on their own blogs. We have seen authors sell more books, bloggers gain more of an audience, and other great rewards from their exposure on the site; however, it gets better.

Not only will we give you all those great benefits for your participation in the contest that you’ve asked for, but we will also be giving a grand prize out to the “post with the most.” What is “the post with the most”? It will be a people’s choice award that will be determined by the number of likes the posts receives. Ahhh, the smell of battle. I can see it now.

The Grand Prize

So, all who participate, and get published, (writers must submit their work through the normal submission process for publication), will receive the following benefits:

  • Exposure on our award-winning blog — collaboration!
  • Rotation in the Sunday Spotlight – another great way to receive additional exposure for your blogs and links.
  • You’ll be added to our Published Contributors page which will continue to drive new readers and fans to your links, books, etc.
  • And finally — the grand prize will be a $50.00 Amazon gift card. How’s that for a competitive, fun, and exciting writing contest?

Your Feedback

As always, we are an open-minded, reader-driven site. Give us your final thoughts and questions about the contest as we have laid it out above before we p. If you have suggestions, we will certainly consider them. This is your contest, your literary blog, your virtual library, and your writers’ group. Two Drops of Ink encompasses these things because of you, our loyal fans, readers, and writers.

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  1. I’m looking forward to this! Have you decided yet how much lead time you will allow between when you give the photo prompts and when submissions will be due?

    • I’m so glad to hear that you’re excited. It looks like this is going to be a great contest we’ve had a huge response. We’re going to get the details of this thing out and get the contest started by the end of this week. The leadtime will probably be about a week; however, we will let everyone know soon. Thank you for your readership and support.

  2. Hi how do I advertise thst I am looking for a beta_reader for a 24 page young children’s book in exchange for reading any book of any genre Hadar Fadida Thanks

    On Mon, Oct 2, 2017, 15:10 Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog wrote:

    > S.W. Biddulph posted: ” “Journalism allows its readers to witness history; > fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.” — John Hersey As > many of you know, we did a poll a couple weeks ago and wanted your thoughts > about writing fiction and a possible fiction writin” >

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