I know that there are a bazillion of these things out there already so why should I feel inclined to create another one you ask. This is clearly a ploy to try and drive traffic to my blog, or an opprtunity to grandstand isn’t it? And who is this guy to presume to judge other? Well these are all valid questions but to be honest the answer is ‘no’ to the first two, and ‘I just want to host it not judge it’ to the third. I think that there are plenty of writers out there who just love to write and flash fiction (especially the really short kind) can be a fun way to step out your comfort zone and try something completely different.
Now the trick will be to have a contest that is somehow different from the others. I don’t intend to offer lavish prizes beyond the undisputed glory that is afforded the victor, so I can’t set myself apart with the value of the rewards.
My initial throughts are this. Each time there will be a musical prompt, and the stories (between 100 and 250 words) need to be inspired by that song, and when the dust settles it will fall to the judge to nominate the song for the next one.
So (assuming it does get off the ground) I need to decide how often it should run; weekly, monthly, yearly, bi-centenially? One complication is the time difference. Living in Australia means that we’re out of step with large chunks of the english speaking world so timing will be a challenge. This makes me think that monthly is probably a good way to go.
So I put it to you. Do you think it might be worthwhile starting this? I know that some of my favourite people already run their own competitions so I’d love to hear from you about the pros, cons, challenges and joys that could inspire me to give it a go or leave this in the you must be crazy basket.
What do you think? Should the Monthly Musical Double Drabble (a working title) commence its maiden voyage?