- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470025825
- ISBN-13: 978-1470025823
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,379,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide to Writing Contests
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About the Author
Moira Allen has been writing professionally for more than 30 years. She is the editor of Writing-World.com, one of the most popular sites for writers on the web. Allen has written for such publications as Writer's Digest, The Writer, and Byline -- and has published several books for writers. She is an experienced contest judge and has also won several awards for her books and articles, as well as honorable mentions for short fiction.
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The book starts off with an Introduction section, followed by tips on How To Write to Win, Investigate the Contest, and Improving your Chances to Win. It is still up to the reader to do their due diligence to verify that a particular contest is really what they are looking for. Author provides some tips on what to look for in your research.
The book is then organized into the following contest sections:
- Poetry Competitions
- Short Fiction Competitions
- Nonfiction Competitions
- Book Competitions
- Children's Literature Competitions
- RWA Romance Competitions
- Script/Screenplay Competitions
Each of those sections is broken down further into months when the contest deadline occurs, including a section for Recurring Competitions
The book wraps up with sections for Useful Websites, About the Author, and then an Alphabetical List of Competitions.
Each listing has the following info:
- Entry fee
- Online/electronic entries
- Contact info
- Email address
I appreciate the author calls out in the Introduction that this list does NOT contain competitions that require the purchase of a product or service or only open to members of a particular group or organization. I've done the vanity press route, and as cool as it is to see yourself in print, it not a real writing credit in my opinion. The author tries to save us from this. Thank you!
This is a great targeted list that is easy to search through on the Kindle with hyperlinks to sections and months within those sections.
Considering how long it would have taken me to research only a small portion of these contests makes the $10 Kindle / $19 print cost more than worth it for me.
This is a reference book any writer should have on their physical/electronic book shelf if they want to make a little prize money and/or build their writing portfolio through contest wins.
I'm off to write now! Enjoy.
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