There are a lot of writing contests out there. Some promise cash prizes, others promise to get your work in front of the right influencers. Many people like contests because it provides a deadline and a chance to push themselves to create a piece they wouldn't have otherwise written. Others like contests because they're in the middle of a much larger project and want to tackle something that feels easier to complete, so a contest provides a productive distraction.
There's also the rush that comes if you're the winner. Not to mention the bragging rights! You know that we love an excuse to celebrate!
But contests can cost money to enter. How do you know if it's a good investment of your time and funds? We've collected some articles to help you weigh the pros and cons.
Writers' Contests: Why Bother? That's the question Donna asked four of her contest-entering, award-winning author friends. Find out what motivates these writers to enter and how to be strategic in your choice of which contests to enter.
Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Enter a Writer's Contest from Writer's Relief delivers exactly what the title promises!
The Pros and Cons of Entering Writing Contests from Write It Sideways also shares tips to consider before you plunk down $5 to $50 for a chance to compete.
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Not a new one but if you're interested in contests, this conversation between Gregory Brown and Donna will be one to watch. Greg shares his thoughts on writing short and the value of contests. He says, writing compelling short fiction is a process of "paying attention to what
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Before you send your pages to a contest, put it under a "judge's" microscope with this handy dandy list of questions and story areas
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~ Creative Advice Prompt ~
Contests are a chance to challenge your own skills as compared to others. What type of contest would your character like to enter, and if they did, do you think they would win? Why or why not?