Since joining the local writers’ club, I’ve all but stopped posting the occasional pieces of fiction here. The reason: I’ve been warned that most short-story contests and their cousins do not accept previously published work. That includes work published online on one’s own blog. Until learning that, I had rarely (if ever) thought about submitting my writing to such contests. But several long-time members of the critique group to which I belong seem to think that’s something all members of the group should consider doing.
So, some of my writing that I want to share reaches only a very small group of people whose role is to provide criticism and feedback. I suppose that is not unlike this blog, though, inasmuch as its audience is nearly as small.
A solution might be to double my “production,” adding some pieces to this blog and withholding others until submitted and judged. Thus far, I have submitted nothing to any contest. So, is this really a solution looking for a problem?