There are many, many writing contests. Writer’s Digest offers a contest. RWA offers a pubbed (Rita) and a non-pubbed (Golden Heart) contest. Various writing chapters offer contests. Some publishers offer contests. Almost all of them charge a fee which varies. If it’s a writing chapter contest the price varies if you’re a member or non-member. Contests can give writers the chance to have their work reviewed by editors. Make sure the editors, or agents, who review the finalists, are from the genre you write. And remember the scores are all subjective on the part of the judges. Are the contests worth it?
There are different kinds of contests, and it’s wise to know what you’re entering, and why. Is it to win? You’ll probably be disappointed. Is it to get a number of copies of books into the hands of those who might otherwise not find them. Make sure you know what you expect from the contest. Are you looking for feedback? Some contests give you a number score and no feedback. Are you hoping an agent or editor will read it and love it? Make sure the judging editor and agent are interested in your genre. Are you hoping for a cash prize? Are you hoping to add “Award winner” to a published book?
There’s also the “popularity” contests. Authors ask for people to vote for their book. The people who vote often haven’t even read the book.A good article on contests can be found at http://terryodell.com/whats-in-a-contest/
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