I’ve recently entered my very first writing contest—the Fall Writing Contest at The Write Practice. Why did I wait so long? I’m learning so much!
Writers can have a blind eye when it comes to their own work. They can see the mistakes in other’s works so clearly but view their own work as spun gold!
The story I entered has received invaluable critiquing and input from other writers in the contest to help make it a better read and while it can be difficult hearing “what’s wrong” with your story, when you take the advice of some of the critiquers, you learn form them and become a better writer.
What I’ve learned from this contest:
- There are A LOT of talented writers out there with some superior stories, the competition is stiff and you need to put your best work forward.
- Writers want to help other writers become better writers. When they ask questions and give suggestions about your writing, they’re not trying to be mean, they’re trying to help you improve your story.
- No matter how much you think you know about writing or how good you think you are, you can always learn something!
Writing contests can help you:
- Develop & strengthen skills
- Write for a deadline
- Gain invaluable feedback & perspective
- Think & therefore Write outside the box
- Build your resume and help in your quest finding an agent & getting published
If you can win or even place in a writing contest, that tells an agent/publisher you are a winning writer and worth taking a risk for.
I would encourage every writer to learn, learn, learn, practice, practice, practice and find contests to enter.
Your local library is a good resource and may sometimes have writing classes, groups to join and information about writing contests in your area.
Here are just a few contests found online: (If you know of great contests for writers to enter, please let us know in the comments.)