Writing Contest Idea – Feedback Please!

I’ve been working on design techniques and making more pre-made book covers. Now, keep in mind, I’m more than happy to make changes to my pre-made designs if such differences will better suit an indie author’s needs. I mostly make them for practice and to give an idea of what I’m capable.

But what we’re really here to talk about today is an idea that I had while staring at this fantastic cover I designed last night, one that cannot be sold to anyone as is but is still too cool to let it collect virtual dust in a file on my hard drive.


All the pictures are CC0 public domain photos, but with the faces and not knowing if there are model releases, I cannot use them for retail sale of the design. I am sure I could ask the photographers, but at this point it didn’t seem worth it to bother them.

BUT while staring at this book cover design, I kept thinking it reminds me of a movie cover, and ideas for stories started popping into my head. That got me thinking that it would be fun to use this cover as story inspiration for an adventure and/or contemporary fantasy short story contest!

What I’d like feedback on is fairly simple:

  1. Would you write a short story (2,000-7,000 words) for this contest?
  2. What sort of prize would be worth winning? (within reason as I am on a tight budget, but depending on ideas we could get multiple people to contribute to a grand prize?)
  3. Would you be interested in having a story possibly included in a book of adventure and fantasy fiction short stories compiled and then sold with the intention of all proceeds going to a charity such as Compassion International, Salvation Army, or Gospel for Asia?

Feedback on this can go in the comments below, or contact me through Twitter @RachaelRitchey or on Facebook @WritingRaci if you don’t have a WP account. You can also email me: info@rachaelritchey.com

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Make sure to share this post so that as many writing people as we know can contribute to the coming together of this contest and stories! There are still lots of details to work out, but now that this is written, I have no doubt we’re going to make this short story contest a reality!

The guy is photographer and director Jakob Owens (@JakobOwenssΒ or Unsplash) and the girl is a photo on Unsplash “curated” by Marta Boixo (Unsplash). The building comes from Mukul Saini (ArtFreak or Unsplash) and the cave is Daniel Burka (@dburka orΒ Unsplash)

18 thoughts on “Writing Contest Idea – Feedback Please!

  1. Hi Rachel. Great idea to use a book cover as inspiration for a story. It certainly is an exotic background. The only problem I have is writing a pov character to correspond to the image of the guy on the cover. I would prefer to have more latitude. As for a prize for your contest, I like Audrey Driscol’s idea of a book cover design by you.

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    1. Hi John! Thanks for the input. πŸ™‚ I am going to say, I think the good news is that this cover is really just meant as inspiration. I’d love to hear what sort of POV character you’d be more inclined to pursue, though! πŸ™‚ Designing covers is an enjoyable pastime for me, so I’m all for that suggestion. πŸ™‚

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        1. Oh thanks, John! Once I go from the thinking stage to the talking stage, it’s usually a done deal. Now we will be figuring our parameters and timelines, etc. πŸ™‚ I am very much looking forward to this!


  2. Sounds like a great idea. You’re right, that image is inspiring. 1. I could contribute a story (hopefully with a comfy deadline). 2. What about a cover image as a prize? 3. It makes sense to produce a book of the best stories, with proceeds to a good cause. Count me in too. Roger’s enthusiasm is infectious.

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    1. πŸ˜€ I’m so glad to hear it, Audrey. Another great idea on prize! And I’m thinking that since I want these stories to be truly publishing-worthy that we’ll have a very comfy deadline. πŸ™‚ I love the enthusiasm! Thanks!

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  3. Be proud of that cover Rachael (I have to say, seeing your efforts inspired me…albeit it on a shoe-string…and a ragged one at that!…good fun though)
    1. I’m in for short story!
    2. Prize? How about everyone who takes part undertakes to devote on blog post to the winners (It’s minimum expense. It builds community and support amongst writers. And brings higher profile).
    3. Inclusion in a book?….Oh heck yes!! (or as we used to say in Britain ‘Cor! Not ‘arf!!)
    Great idea!!
    Getting it reblogged, now!

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