Buying exposure for your fiction

by kalbzayn on December 26, 2006

I found out about a neat sounding short fiction contest via a post over at A Creative Journal.

A group called NYC Midnight is hosting this short story challenge.

Here are the cool things.

It is a multiple round contest meaning the winners of the first round get a chance in the second round. I love sports. Especially the tournaments at the end of the season.

Each round is time limited. 1 week for the first round. 24 hours for the second round. Since you don’t know what the topic is in advance for either round, you have to write original fiction under some pretty tight deadlines. Cool concept if you ask me.

Here is the bad.


Ouch. They have over $1000 in fabulous cash and prizes…but still. $45.

Adding up the listed prizes indicates about $1300 of value assuming that you think the software has any value. To recover just the prize costs, they would need about 29 people to enter. Then they have to pay the judges.

14. Judges – The 1st Round judges for the Short Story Competition shall be individuals with experience in the writing and/or publishing industry, such that they are qualified to select winning Short Stories, as determined by NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness, LLC, in its sole discretion.

They do go on to mention that the judges will be announced on the website, but I don’t see a list of them yet. And, apparently, the judges only judge the final round.

Now, I’m not trying to pick on the NYC Midnight group at all. I know nothing about them and the point of this is not about their organization at all.

It is entirely about the $45 to have people read one short story and if you are lucky, a second one. If you win do get the prizes, but you also get the story published on their website giving you EXPOSURE.

Ah, that’s what all of us crave. EXPOSURE. People are going to read our masterpiece. In this case, the story we wrote in one week and another that we wrote in 24 hours. The best of our best.

I did a quick little look up of their site in Alexa. I know the good and bad of Alexa, but it would appear that the NYC Midnight website gets less EXPOSURE than this here website. Here is a neat little comparison of our sites’ Alexa stats. This is a live updating link so if they all of the sudden get really popular, that will show up, but so will their history of many, many months of not being very popular according to Alexa.

So, if you want some serious exposure for your fiction, send me $45 dollars. I’ll publish your short story right here. I may not have judges, but I happen to know for a fact that at least two published authors read this site. Maybe they will love your story and mention you to their agent.

And, if you are one of the next 100 people to respond to this special offer, I’ll give you that EXPOSURE for the special, low rate of $39.95 which will leave you with $5 for buying some lottery tickets.

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strugglingwriter December 26, 2006 at 8:38 pm

That sounds like a really cool contest until the $45 part. I agree. I guess I need to stick with my pirate story anyhow.

Heather December 26, 2006 at 9:42 pm

Liked your write up of the entire short story contest thing. It’s all a matter of how many people enter, I suppose. Which I won’t be because that $45 is too steep for me, too. And thanks for mentioning my blog. ;-)

kalbzayn December 27, 2006 at 10:53 am

I always thought writers were supposed to be poor. At least the good ones…before they get movie rights.

Who has $45 to enter a short story contest?

I think $10 would be my breaking point and even that would be an occasional type of thing.

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