Writing Short Stories For Money or Awards?

Awards for writing, in general, are big business and can have a big effect on authors. However,  I am not a huge fan of writing awards, but many are so I have included a little write up on a few of the bigger ones. I think most of us write to make money, but many do it for recognition or several other reasons.

The Pulitzer Prize Award Pulitzer Prize. Puliterprize.org The 2018 award winner is ‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer. The write up for the book on the Pulitzer site says the book is a generous book, musical in prose and expansive in structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love.

Nobel prize coinNobel Prize in Literature- Nobelprize.org “The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- – -/ one part to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction …” The Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden presents the awards.

The awards for 2018 is getting interesting but not for the stories written; for the stories about the committee.

The chairperson stepped down after an emergency meeting and others have as well. This was caused by a sexual abuse scandal. This could be a huge story and part of the ‘me too’ whirlwind. The poet Katarina Frostenson’s husband was accused by 18 women of sexual harassment and physical abuse. Katarina stepped down from the committee.

It seems this scandal and the reaction to it will damage the Nobel awards reputation. We will be watching to see how this plays out.

Hugo awardHugo Award for Best Short Story began just a year before my own birth in 1955. The World Science Fiction Society presents the award. They award those chosen as the ‘Best of’ in several other categories besides short stories including novella and novelette.

This year’s Hugo award nominations for the best short story are:

  1. Carnival Nine- by Caroline M. Yaochim
  2. Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand= by Fran Wilde
  3. Fandom for Robots- by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  4. The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata
  5. Sun, Moon, Dust by Ursula Vernon
  6. Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience by Rebecca Roanhorse

If you are a fan of writing awards and or contests please comment below and tell us which ones you like and why. Thank you for being part of the group

If you are writing for money instead of or in addition to awards tell us how you are doing it. Share with your fellow authors and we all flourish. I have been using a wonderful website platform for learning how to use writing to make money. You can read more about it here. This is the link for the method to make money online: Wealthy Affiliate

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