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 http://www.sfwa.org/Beware/contests.html and become educated. Don’t get paranoid though, contests are still a good thing, just not all of them.