For all writers who are at the stage of finding a publisher, I highly recommend this article by Jane Friedman. She has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s a columnist for Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses; she has a 24-lecture series entitled, How to Publish Your Book. Click on the link below to read the entire article.
As any writer will confess, with the first day of a new year comes new resolutions to “write more,” “write daily,” “write at least five pages a day,” or “get published this year.”
You’ll never get published if you don’t submit your work. So instead of watching endless episodes of “Breaking Bad,” or all three seasons of Seinfeld’s new Internet series about comedians in cars, try submitting your work on a regular basis.
One way to get published, and to get noticed, is to win or place in a writing contest. There are hundreds of contests every year, and many of them have no entry fee.
Make a resolution to enter one writing contest a month. You might not win, but you will have honed your writing skills. With luck, you may even get some feedback on your story or your writing style.
First things first. Find websites that list writing contests, and create your own writing submission calendar. Be sure to note the pertinent details, such as the deadline and word count.
Read all of the contest guidelines; there could be a theme or keyword you must write. Pay special attention to the submission guidelines. If you don’t follow the guidelines to the letter, your story may be tossed out immediately.
Here is one website that has detailed listings of writing contests coming up in 2014:
Writer’s View.com compiles and posts an up-to-date listing of writing contests all over the world. The listing is free of charge; the site encourages winners of these contests to notify them so that they can feature the author’s work on their website.
***Bonus: Writer’s Views lists only writing contests that are FREE to enter!
Sneak preview of some of their listings:
• Poetry Writing Contest
Springfield Film Festival and Springfield Art Institute have united their prize budgets to offer a writing competition for all levels and all ages to submit their own original poetry about Climate Change for a two round contest … more >>
• Satirist Comedy Writing Contest
looking for the next George Carlin, the man referred to as, “a major force in comedy since 1960s and there will be no substitute for his insight, nor his tireless and hilarious attacks on the enfranchised …”, more >>
• Love Story Writing Contest
is a contest for romance novelists and new writers who want to try writing about the magic of love and the everlasting love between a couple and their journey into deepest emotional bond that can be experienced … more >>
What are you waiting for? Pick a contest, any contest and enter. There is no fee; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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If you are a woman over the age of 60, you might want to check out PersimmonTree.com. This site bills itself as an online magazine of the arts by women over sixty.
The submission process is straightforward for both writers and artists, and the site also sponsors entry-fee contests.
You can submit fiction or nonfiction, or you can try your hand at the “Short Takes” feature. According to the website, “We invite women over sixty to submit a short nonfiction piece (250-500 words) for Short Takes. Each issue will have a Short Takes column, and a second column will be added to the magazine and promoted between issues.”