Have you ever thought of entering your writing in contests? Contests are a good way to get your name out there and have a nice blurb for your cover letter to perspective editors or agents. They’re especially beneficial if the contest is well known in your genre.
Many contests require an entrance fee. You may have been told that you should never pay anyone to consider your work for publication. That is absolutely true. Money should flow toward the writer. Never pay for an agent or publishing editor to read your work.
However, contests are a different beast altogether. Most contests ask for entry fees to fund the prizes and publicity for the contest. Most are run by small organizations which have either tight budgets or no budgets at all.
Contest fees range from a couple dollars to around $15. Sometimes you’ll see contests asking for more, but that’s rare. Contests run by large organizations (such as the RWA) or magazines usually do not require an entry fee because they are well-funded. They’re also much more competitive because of the number of entries they draw.
To get you started, here are some contests you might consider checking out! The best advice I can give you about entering contests is the same advice I’d give about submitting for publication: Read the guidelines! (And follow them too! 😉 )
2008 Deadly Ink Short Story Contest – Mystery/Suspense – DL: March 15, 2008
Brighid’s Fire Books Fiction Manuscript Contest – Book-length prose, no erotica, no kidlit/YA – DL: April 30, 2008
Desdemonda’s Sex in the Rain Story Contest (18+) – Erotica – DL: March 31, 2008
Family Circle Fiction Contest – Family friendly – DL: August 31, 2008
So get writing! Let me know if you enter/win any of these contests. I’ll give you a plug! 🙂