Well, maybe the stars are a bit high, but how about a place to stretch your talents? Sometimes it’s good to take a leap and jump off in the deep end. Yes, I know putting your writing out for someone to judge is scary. Make that downright terrifying. Pee your pants, bite your nails, sick to your stomach terrifying. But the rewards are so worth the effort.
No, you won’t win every time. In fact the odds are not in your favor. However, so often the judges are kind enough to send a brief critique with their rejection. That is a win too. Just remember that even for the non-cash prize, ezine publications, there are thousands of writers entering each contest. I’m not saying that to discourage you, but to put things in perspective.
Not all of the contests pay cash prizes or any prize at all, but that shouldn’t stop you from entering, nor should the fact your entry is but one of many. The experience helps us grow as writers.
So, if you’re interested, here are a few contests to get you started. Remember, read and follow the rules. Check and recheck for typos. I know that sounds elementary, but everyone makes mistakes. Believe me, I know.
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest at Carve Magazine
New Pages (a source for submissions)
WOW Women on Writing (love this contest, get great feedback from judges)
Maybe, you’re looking for a market place to sell your work check out Brainstorms & Bylines
Or WOW Women on Writing job board.
Also Check out Story Dam or Julia’s Place for writing prompts to get your juices flowing.
If you have a favorite contest or website, let us know.