Benefits of Entering Contests Part II

By the end of January, 2007, fifteen (15) ample manila envelopes agitated challenge entries to the OWFI autograph contest. Anniversary year, the Oklahoma Writers' Federation Inc. holds a appointment the aboriginal allotment of May, and anniversary year the alignment sponsors a huge challenge of 33 categories, accessible to humans all over the world. I entered 15 of the categories.

The acceptable account appear at the Saturday night awards feast beatific me scrambling to my feet, even if the legs and anxiety didn't abet actual well. I took aboriginal abode in the Young Adult Short Story. I'm traveling to anatomy the affidavit and archetype of the cost check. Afterwards all, demography aboriginal abode from about 80 entries with a absolute account isn't an every day occurrence, at atomic for me.

The added acceptable news, and actual accessible allotment of the contest, is I accustomed bulk of accessible suggestions and comments on all but two entries. (Those two entries had nothing: good, bad, helpful, or indifferent.) Of advance I'm traveling to put the account area and archetype of my acceptable access in artificial bedding for crowing purposes: a absolute account and actual nice, auspicious comments. All the revisions, all the editing, all the apparent harder plan on "Survival at Waterloo" paid off.

The best allotment of the contest, added than winning, consists of pages and pages of suggestions, edits, and comments on twelve of the added entries. I'm already alteration one atypical I entered and plan on alteration all the added works. The board encouraged me, let me apperceive what they admired and begin able in my autograph as able-bodied as what bare improvement. I won added than a aboriginal prize: I won invaluable critiques on items I plan on appointment -- afterwards I accomplish all the revisions all-important to strengthen and improve.

I animate anybody who wants to be a writer, a acknowledged writer, to access stories, novels, poetry, online autograph in contests. Test your writing, acquisition out area added plan is bare as able-bodied as what works.

Where to Acquisition Autograph Contests

Writing magazines such as The Writer, Writer's Digest, and Poets and Writers account contests in their magazines. The annual itself generally sponsors contests. Acquisition copies of the magazines or attending on line.

If you're a top academy student, allocution to English and/or artistic autograph teachers. Different organizations sponsor apprentice autograph contests anniversary year and acquaint teachers.

If you're a academy student, analysis with the English or Artistic Studies administration for autograph contests captivated on campus.

Check on contests on autograph sites. Perhaps the comments aren't by able editors, agents, writers, or publishers (as begin at the OWFI challenge or annual contests), but a lot of accord accessible suggestions to advance writing.

Don't be abashed to acquisition out how to advance your writing.


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