Author Topic: In a query, any point in mentioning being shortlisted in a writing contest?  (Read 247 times)

Offline Munley

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Is that a plus, or does it just come off as this writer being a finalist who didn't win?

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For me? I suppose it depends how well-known or prestigious the writing competition is?

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Also, was this manuscript the one that got shortlisted?

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Good things to take into account. Thanks.
All I have right now is a statewide contest for a short-short piece of fiction. On the finalist list right now.

Apart from the query question, I found that cutting down a "regular-sized" story to the low word count demanded by the content was an excellent exercise. How much could I really cut without losing all sense of time and place and other details that make the characters feel real? Feel as if I've already won something whether I win the contest or not. Or can impress an agent with that win.  Think I'll enter another one.