Writing Competitions

24 Aug

When I attended the Fiction Workshop at Gotham Writers’ Workshop in NYC, my teacher, an MFA in Creative Writing with hundreds of stories published in journals and literary magazines galore, urged us to submit our writing to any and all writing competitions we could find. Well, any legitimate ones (be wary of scams, as with anything else). Getting published, if that was our eventual goal, meant actually submitting our work…somewhere! And competitions are a great way to test the waters.

In 2007, I submitted a poem to Poetry.com and won entry into their annual published book. They were very persistent that winners buy the final product (something around $80), but out of pure skepticism I decided against it. Needless to say, it was a great feeling to have won any type of competition for my writing. There was no prize money, but it was nice to be recognized and feel part of that community of writers.

Today, I want to dedicate this post to writing competitions and getting your work out there for the world to see. I found that Writer’s Digest has several competitions going for various genres this fall/winter with deadline dates starting as soon as Aug 31, 2011 and running through Dec 2011. Check out the full list here: WD Competitions.

Another list of interesting competitions, many with cash prizes, comes from FreelanceWriting.com. From poetry and short story competitions, to first time novelist competitions, there are a lot of choices for creative writers to choose from on this site. Winnings vary per competition and so do entry fees, so take a good look at those before submitting your work.

Also check out your local newspapers or magazines. In our town, there is a great local newspaper that dedicates its July/August edition to what they call the “Summer Fiction Issue”. In high school, I interned at this newspaper and helped organize and edit some of the pieces. Ten years later the edition is still going strong and entries come in from all over the state from writers and poets, alike. Local bookshops, writing groups and universities/colleges also have writing competitions from time to time, so keep an eye out for local opportunities, as well as those online!

Happy writing & Good Luck!…

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