Some feel that contests are a waste of time and money, contending that publishers aren’t impressed by a writer winning a contest. And they’re not very happy that most contests require an entry fee of $10.00 or more.
On the other hand, entering writing contests can be a way to get your work measured against other writers’ work. Sometimes the contest judges will give a contestant valuable feedback; many contests offer publication of your writing, if you are among the winners.
One of the best sources of writing contests is Poets & Writers. Read one perspective (okay, a rant) about submitting stories to writing contests in “Common Faults in Short Stories,” by Stephen Moran, The New Writer’s Handbook, Volume 2. (It’s a book.)
What’s your opinion on writing contests? Have you entered any? Benefitted from any? Been burned by any? Leave a comment to share your experience.
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