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One thing I’m very lazy about is entering contest. I shouldn’t be,
since I actually placed in the top 100, receiving Honorable Mention
|Me on Neahkahnie Mountain where
my novel takes place
out of 19,000 entrants in a Writers Digest mainstream literary contest a couple years ago, and have been a finalist a couple times in Glimmertrain, but still, I’m lazy. So, I plan to do better this year (how many times have I said that!) You should also enter contests.
Check out Poets & Writers list of current and on-going contest. P&W Contest
Or Writers Digest Competitions Or Glimmertrain
Or any of the local or national contests around the globe that have a good reputation.
A word of caution; entering contests can be expensive, so enter with a clear intention. For example I don’t do many small local contests because I live on a budget and can’t donate to every fundraiser, which is what most are. I submit to the contest I don’t have a chance in hell of winning because they mean something to me (if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere sort of thing) and those contest look great when building my writer’s resume.
Here’s a little secret about me: when I placed in the WD contest, I had all but given up on writing fiction. The day I received the (now framed and hanging on my wall) certificate and wonderful letter from the WD editor, was the same day I received a call from my doctor telling me my cancer was back. I clung to the letter, slumped to my floor and cried. I took that letter, that glowing beam of hope as a sign that my future would be brighter than that dark day. It has been.
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