The first time I was ever published in my life was at the age of 14, and it was due to a writing contest I had entered. (No, I won’t share that particular piece of writing; it was a very angst-filled teen-aged love poem.)
In this day and age, writing contests are everywhere, and some of them carry quite lucrative rewards for winners.
Writer’s Digest has a whole list of contests and I suggest bookmarking the page and returning to it often.
There are contests beginning and ending all of the time over there, and there is even one for micro-fiction (750 words or fewer) that occurs every other month, based on a writing prompt that they supply.
One of the big bonuses of winning a WD contest (beyond the prize) is the recognition. WD is probably the most-read writer’s magazine in the world. Having something you wrote published with them is no small feat!
By entering and winning a Writer’s Digest Competition, you can:
- Get published. Your writing could be published in the pages of Writer’s Digest.
- Get discovered. You could have the opportunity to meet with editors and agents at the Writer’s Digest Conference.
- Get recognition. Winners are listed in the magazine, on our website and at the Writer’s Digest Conference.
- Get feedback. Experts in the writing community will judge and provide feedback on your work.
- Get cash. You can even win one of our cash prizes.
Go win something! (And be sure to tell me about it when you do. I love hearing about the success of other Freestyle Authors!)
Much Happiness and Success!