Is it just me, or does there seem to be a spate of writing contest deadline extensions lately?
I got a message from Writers Digest today saying their big Annual Writing Competition deadline is extended. I’ve been following that contest for years (I entered it myself in 2000) and I can’t recall ever seeing the deadline extended.
My question is–why this trend? (I guess the first question should be–is this a trend? But we’ll skip that one).
First assumption–contests extend deadlines because they aren’t getting enough entries. If that’s true and assuming I’m right about a trend of lots of contests extending deadlines–then contest entries must be down.
I don’t think there are fewer aspiring writers these days. So what is happening?
- A proliferation of contests causing writers to be more selective with their contest entry time and money.
- Economic downturn causing writers to enter fewer contests.
- A general sense of hopelessness causing writers to ask, “why bother?”
- More aspiring writers avoiding the contest route by choosing to self-publish.