SheWrites recently announced a contest in collaboration with JukePop Serials. I've been holding on to my short story for months scared to let others see it. When I saw the announcement, I decided I was done being scared. It might have had something to do with my recent story idea. If I have a third story in the works, the others have to be shoved out of the nest one by one. The contest was perfect timing for me.
I submitted the first chapter of Marking Time expecting to wait the full two weeks. It's on their submission page that they will review first chapters, and the process could take that long. That was three days ago. I received an email on Sunday saying they approved my submission. Excited and nervous doesn't begin to describe how I'm feeling. People are going to see what I've written. You may be reading this thinking why is she going on? She's published before. That's under a pen name. It's not *me*. This is me. Friends and family will read these. They've been waiting patiently for me to publish something they can read.
I logged in to the JukePop site to make my first chapter live. I pushed the button but there were no flashing lights or bells and whistles. Not even a little bit of confetti. A bit disappointing. On the main page, I could see a button for contests. After clicking that, I clicked the SheWrites contest button. There are two categories; fiction and non-fiction. Under fiction... one entry. Mine. Ta-da! I win!
It made me laugh. No wonder they were so quick to approve my entry!
It's early in the contest. It runs from December 9th to March 10th. I'm sure there will be more entries. I don't think there are separate winning categories so I still have to compete with the 5 or 6 non-fiction entries. The competition isn't the point though. I feel brave and ready to hear reviews of my work out there in the real world.
Head over to read the first chapter. If you like it, don't forget to vote. I believe that you don't have to be logged in to vote on first chapters. After that, read some of the other serials. I have my eye on a couple of stories that seemed intriguing. I'm always interested in reading free stories.