I was recently invited to participate in one of the coolest writing contest I’ve had the privilege of competing in to date.
SF Comet invites popular Chinese and international authors to write stories (up to 2500 words) based on the prompt they’re provided. The stories are posted (and, in case of international authors, first translated into Chinese) on social media sites such as Weibao and WeChat. Readers are invited to judge the stories and vote — anonymously. Who wrote which story isn’t revealed until the contest is over. All authors are paid professional rates and the winner earns an additional $500.
I participated in the third such contest. I had big shoes to fill–the previous English-speaking authors invited to participate were Mike Resnick and Nancy Kress. The prompt for my contest was “breaking an egg” and my story is linked below:
Although I did not win (the story placed third overall) it was a really fun experience, and I’m quite happy with the resulting story. I’m also excited to have my work translated into Chinese for the first time.
This month’s contest includes Australia’s Aidan Doyle and Great Britain’s Deborah Walker, and the theme is listed as “Part time beggar.” I can’t wait to see what they came up with!