THE LATEST FLASH CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT
“You never know who is reading your work and other paths that may open.” ~~ Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte
WHY ENTER WRITING CONTESTS
WRITTEN FOR: WRITER ADVICE
JUNE 21, 2023
SHERYL J. BIZE-BOUTTE
Here is the question: Are writing contests worth entering?
Well, let me begin my answer by saying that all writing contests are not created equal. There are many reasons for this. Some contests are only open to one genre or even a genre within a genre. Some are regional and some only want to hear from a siloed segment of voices.
Even so, if you happen to be among the select few who reach the finals or the even smaller percentage who go on to win, there is nothing like being able to write “finalist” or “award winning writer” in your bio.
But win, place or no, entering writing contests where your voice and material are what is being requested can be a rewarding experience that pays dividends in several ways.
You never know who is reading your work and other paths that may open. It may not be obvious, but you give greater opportunity to your words through contests. The more eyes on your work, the better.
Every writing contest you enter feeds your integrity and range as a writer. The activity of determining what, when, where and how to enter a contest enables you to understand where your work resonates and where it doesn’t. Just taking the time to read the criteria for a given writing contest may spark your muse to create something new.
You learn to place rejection where it should be, as a part of this competitive writing world we live in and as a normal and everyday occurrence for the writer. This can help you to sharpen your voice and skillset or as I mentioned above, it can even help you to find a new writing path.
You have arrived at belief and confidence in your craft and in yourself as a writer. The very fact that you are entering a writing contest already means that you have reached the most important goal in being in this place. You have become fearless and that is the writer’s greatest attribute.
You are already a winner.
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