Thursday, March 5, 2009


Contests are a great way to jump start your writing. They not only inspire you to get busy, but there’s that added bonus of competition, the little adrenalin, I could win–thing. One of my favorite contests of the year is the one put on by the League of Utah Writers. There are many reasons why I like it. It is open to members and non-members. There are many categories to enter, from poetry to full length books. The entry fees are reasonable at about $3.00 - $6.00 per submission. When you get your work back, you get the added bonus of a professional critique telling you how to improve your work. Not bad for $6.00 bucks, eh.
After you win that contest, you have a nice little certificate to show for it and something to add to your list of credentials. Yes, that’s me, the writer, the woman that won 1st place for her stellar picture book, (can’t hurt, right).
If you are interested in the League of Utah Writers contest, just click on their link, which is here on my blog. The deadline is June 15th, so get cracking.
Other contests are easy to find if you Google “writing contests”. But don’t just jump into any and all contests that are out there. Some contests aren’t necessarily there for your benefit. To learn more about vanity contests go to and become educated. Don’t get paranoid though, contests are still a good thing, just not all of them.


Cindy Beck said...

Thanks for the info on the LUW contest. It's a good one to enter and the fees are reasonable.

Lori Conger, said...

Thanks, Cathy. I am always so scared to enter contests, but I need to just do it. I looked up the LUW website, but I never figured out how to know how much it would cost to enter. Where do I find that info? I know you said it's only $3-$6, but how do you know the exact amount for your category?

Cathy Witbeck said...

Lori,if you go to the LUW website and click on 2009 Roundup and then click on contest categories, it will tell you all you need to know about fees and all of the categories that you can enter.
The link titled Contest Rules will tell you the address to send your stories to and the guidlines to follow when you submit your entries. There is also a Submission form that you will need to fill out and send in that helps them track who you are and what you are sending in. If you have anymore questions, please email me at

Rachelle said...

Thanks for the great info. I'd like to enter this one this year! :)

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