Creating Contests - Tips and TricksThread Started January 20 at 2:10PM
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I've been trying to create member contests and prompts that appeal to a wide range of writers. Any tips or tricks to get more participation? My focus is on prose. The poets don't seem to have this problem.
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Reply on January 20, 2018 03:59 PM
There has been a drop off in prose interest over the last couple years, so it isn't you. You're contests are among the best I've seen at any time.
I'd suggest they all have at least a four-week deadline. Your contests are intriguing, but not simple. :))
Please don't get discouraged. Hopefully we'll get on board and jump in. Perhaps try a larger entry fee with a bigger prize pool to split up. I've run poetry contests with ten dollar entry fees. That way the pot, even split, is enticing and even second and third at least gets your money back- plus. Just a thought.
Reply on January 20, 2018 06:59 PM
I don't think a larger fee will help. It may hinder some of us who can't afford to enter. Maybe a simpler topic would help. I've heard some are confused by the choices to be made.
Reply on January 20, 2018 08:25 PM
I believe a contest fee of $5.50 is the highest I will pay. While
some lower their fees thinking that will entice others to enter, I don't
believe it does.
It takes to same amount of work to write for a contest whether the entry
fee is $2.00 or $5.50. I understand that some contests are geared for
more advanced writers--usually with a high entry fee. That's ok, too.
You prose contests seem interesting but very time consuming. Some are very complicated too both in entering & in reading.
Reply on January 21, 2018 06:01 AM
Thank you Yvonne, Jan, and Michael. I appreciate the feedback. I have a prose contest in mind for today. I will try to factor your points into its creation.
Reply on January 23, 2018 11:47 AM
My advice is to keep it as simple as possible. I find when I create contests that are narrow in focus there is less interest. I think because writers are very creative and like to grab a thread of an idea and let it flow into -- whatever it will flow into.
Reply on January 23, 2018 02:07 PM
Thank you, Tom, for the advice.
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