I smell a rat, and yes, this probably will sound like sour grapes, but still, I am sure more of you will relate. What has got me hot under the collar is the Medium writing prompts.
Two months ago, Medium released four writing prompts – Death, Space, Work and Reentry for those who don’t know. At the time, I was suspicious these were for personal essays, something I suck at, but still, I was determined to make them work for me. So I wrote four articles around the theme, putting my crime spin on three. The other being a personal essay about my daughter.
This week the winners were announced, and although each winner was brilliant, they all had something else in common. Not one of them at the time of winning had more than 750 followers. The winner of the grand prize had just 36 followers.
The justification for the choices spoke volumes. Read what Medium says about them. My gut feeling was right; they mentioned nothing but personal stories.
What is the rationale for rewarding someone who has written two stories for Medium with the top prize? Especially when the first story they wrote was the entry piece. Would it not have been a better business model to reward some writers who have stuck with Medium, bringing in regular readers daily.
It seems a little strange for a new writer with no experience of Medium to win, or am I wrong? Was this a ploy to get more content creation on Medium, and the prizes were always going to an outside professional writer?
Personally, I am not that bitter. I enjoyed writing and researching my four articles and am very proud of my reentry article about my little girl.
The loss has also energised me to rethink my journey. I will spend more time developing my Crime Team on Patreon, offering quality crime articles you can’t read anywhere else. I also have a fun new project in the wings taking my true crime onto a new platform in a different direction – watch this space.