Some time ago, I promised myself that I would enter Alberta Views Short Story Contest each year. Which I have done. The entry fee gives you a year subscription to the magazine so it's a win-win deal. On Thursday, at the close of a writing project, I decided it was time to pick out my entry for 2015. It had to be a story under 3000 words and one that isn't at any markets currently.
I thought I would be choosing a story from the first draft files. I would have to revise and polish until I was satisfied, but the hardest part (the first draft) would be done. But I've chosen a story I wrote some 15 years ago from the days when I wasn't aggressively marketing. I still have to revise and polish until I am satisfied. I've learnt a bit about writing since this story was new and I think it will be interesting to see how it turns out.
Tip - if you are entering a contest do it as soon as you can. The judges have fresh eyes for the first stories submitted.
Good luck to me!