I entered but didn’t win (or even place) in NPR’s third round of Three Minute Fiction contest, for which a contestant sends in an up-to-600 word fiction piece based on a prompt. The entries are first given a green light by students in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Those pieces are then sent up the ladder to the guest judge, who presumably selects the winner as well as the honorable mentions and runners-up. At least, I think that’s how it works. Despite the official rules on the website, the whole process is pretty vague.
any rate, no big deal. I’ve had my writing rejected before, from both academic journals and literary journals. And NPR’s contests usually have thousands of entries, so it’s kind of a crap shoot. Most of my time now is spent submitting to academic journals, but my recent experience got me thinking about my “other life” submitting to literary journals.