Have a short story sitting around? Do you wonder what to do with it? Not much of a market out there, is there?

For those writers who are still waiting for that first publication, consider entering a few contests. It’s a good way to get your feet wet (excuse the cliche!) and compete with your peers. It’s strange but when we know judges or editors will look at our work, we tend to spend more time polishing it.
Also, winning a contest often opens doors. My first entry many years ago took a first place and went on to be published as a novel. It won out over two published authors, and all three winning entries in that contest were later published.
Why don’t you enter your story a contest? Here’s a good one. It’s the 10th Annual Writers Digest Short Short Story contest. The deadline has been extended to December 10. You can win big money. The first prize is $3,000; second is $1500; third $500; etc. You’ve got a few days to sharpen your work, make sure it’s formatted properly and the best you can make it.
Here’s the link to find out more about the contest and getting that story in on time.
Be sure to check out any contest you aren’t sure of before spending valuable time and money entering your work. That’s important. How do you find contests? Google for them. I’ve learned you can ask Google anything and get some sort of answer. If you don’t get what you wanted, reword your request.

About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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2 Responses to ENTER CONTESTS

  1. Sheila Deeth says:

    Sadly, one of the reasons I enter so few contests is 'cause the costs add up so fast. The other reason is that "winning" sounds like being "best," and since nothing I write is ever "best" – I can always tweak it somehow – I assume I can't win.

  2. Marla says:

    Great info! Thanks for sharing it.

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