I would like to invite some responses detailing other writers’ strategies when entering competitions, and perhaps more links to the comps themselves.
Sometimes, I know why I enter short story competitions. Other times, I wonder.
With lists and lists of competitions available to enter, a writer could nearly make a full-time career of the pursuit. Some enter them all (taking a ‘why not’ attitude, and using any winnings to finance further entries), while others refuse (preferring to keep their writing underexposed for greater appeal to publishers.) I have met authors in both extremes, but I tend to take more of a middle ground between two opposing tensions: the certainty of exposure against the risk of overexposure.