The writing competitions existed long before there appeared the online ones and usually were quite long as the work of the authors were sent via mail. The jury though consisted of the well-known and respectful writers. The winner was lucky to be accepted to the writers society and the way to the great literature became open for him. The vast amount of the present-day contests are held by the amateurs and the skills of the competitors don’t always exceed the ones of the jury. But there are still some annual competitions that provide a real free pass to the literature Olympus for the talented authors. There are many experienced writers participating n these contests as well as the gifted beginners who present their first works.
Several years ago it was extremely popular to leave big cities for the relaxed life on some exotic islands. However, sometimes this downshifting presented the illusion of escape rather than moving in the right direction. Now people tend to return to civilization, and this up-shifting process should not be viewed as the crash of golden downshifter’s dream, but as a new stage of personal development.
For people milled by megalopolises downshifting seems to be the solution of all problems and the cure of all spiritual diseases. Of course, it is difficult to solve the problems of unhappy marriage, very much hated job and crazy rhyme of life one by one. It is far easier to buy a ticket, rent an apartment and leave all this mess behind. However, the joy from this escape disappears as fast as the effect of placebo medicine. Downshifting is an escape from external problems, but you will by no means run from yourself. Sitting on the beach and listening to the sounds of the sea you will face the real you, defenseless in front of your sufferings and reflection. The fact is, the laws of human society work in any place be it Manhattan or Goa. If you are not satisfied with your relations with the world, the escape will not help you much.