Does this sound like a good idea?

EDIT: As we have decided it IS a good idea, you can read more about The Blank Page Challenge and the team behind it right here! Thanks to everyone who voted. 

The last few days on Twitter have been, for me, about community. I’ve had a particularly caustic interaction with a stranger, some great private chats with good friends and some awesome chat sessions too, it’s really brought home to me how lucky I am to have you all about me.

We live in a time where distance is bridged in the blink of an eye to give us friends across the globe. Friends who can advise, share, support and alleviate the isolation which, sometimes, can seem the lot of an author.

So, what’s my point?

All this has been buzzing about in my head for a few days now, buzzing and growing. Turning slowly into an idea, or the spark of one. A spark which grew as I slept and now, with more thought today has become something I want to share to see if anyone else thinks its a good idea. Basically, I want to give something back.

My plan is to run a regular short-story competition. There will be six over the year, each with a single piece of inspiration to act as a guide. Whether that’s an image, song, piece of text… just something. You’ll then have four weeks to produce and submit the story of up to 5,000 words to the competition. Before you ask, yes, in any genre you like.

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At the end of the four weeks, the pieces will be voted on by me and four other judges over a week, with the top three going out to public vote on twitter and Facebook for another week. Finally, the winning piece from the public vote will be posted to my blog for two weeks as well as receiving a $10 amazon.com gift card.

Then, towards the end of the year, the six winning pieces will be produced into a single anthology for release on Amazon, pre-Christmas, as an e-book. I plan to include small profiles of each winning writer in there as well as a piece from each judge, myself included. The idea is for each writer who has a story in the book to get a share from the book sale.

So, that’s the idea in brief, what do we think? Would you be interested in taking part in this type of competition? Do you think it’s a good idea? Or awful? Let me know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook

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