I love to enter writing contests. The benefits are manifold: you get immediate feedback, you learn what catches editors’ attention, and the small awards keep you going on the long, lonely trek toward writing and selling a publishable novel.
In 2006 I set a goal to submit at least one short story or to enter at least one contest a year. And if I won a contest or sold a story, I considered the year a success. I believed I was moving forward. This past year I didn’t enter any contests, but I did get an agent. So last year was a great success for me. I am crawling forward in this “pursuit of publication” marathon.
This year, since my agent is responsible for sending out my proposals, I have more time again, and I’m going to spend some of that time entering contests, I think. My goal this year is to complete a first draft of my WIP by April 1 and a revision by June 1, and to enter at least three contests or send out three short story submissions.
Here are the writing contests I’m looking at entering this year:
I also have a short story that I wrote last year for a contest that got lost in cyber space and never got entered. I want to enter it in some picture book contests this year because it has only 500 words and it relies on pictures to carry a lot of weight. Maybe I’ll try it in the SouthernBreeze contest. I want to get it in front of some editors to see what kind of feedback I’ll get on it.
What about you? What contests will you enter?
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