Guest post by B. Lynn Goodwin
What To Consider Before Submitting to Writing Contests
You polish your writing, imagining your audience. You read it over. Out loud. Does it say exactly what you want it to say?
You have a friend read it to you. Impressed, she says, “You should submit this to contests. Get some recognition for your work.”
Maybe you leap at the idea. Maybe you hesitate. Contests make you feel vulnerable. Besides, there’s almost always a fee and nothing’s guaranteed.
Perks of Entering a Contest
Placing in a writing contest is a huge boost to your work, though. Acceptances matter. Here are some other perks you might get:
What Do Judges Look For?
Without a rubric, judges look for writing that works, ideas that seem original, and something that touches their hearts. They look for carefully edited pieces free of mechanical glitches and work that either says something new or says something traditional in a new way.
Instead of writing a traditional rubric as a contest administrator, I’ve sent the questions below for judges to consider. Put on your editor’s hat and answer them before you send your work.
Looking for a starting place? Take a look at the current contest on Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. Research other contests and opportunities by Googling contests + (your genre).
Questions? It’s easy to reach me through the contact box at www.writeradvice.com.