I was reading that writers (and everyone, really) should make their goals known to others because it helps us feel accountable and motivates us. So, here's me stating that I intend to enter Glimmer Train's short story contest called 'Family Matters'. I don't really think of myself as a short story person, but this one called to me. Glimmer Train is a 'real' short story fiction magazine with LOTS of readers, and winning a contest, or even just being published by them, carries a lot of clout. They also pay. I can't say that isn't part of the appeal.
The deadline is September 30, much sooner than I'm comfortable with, but I know what I want to write about, so I think I can do it. When I have a good draft done, I plan to post it here and ask for feedback, so please be prepared to tell me how I can improve it.
Whew. They were right; posting publically DOES make me feel accountable. I'm going