I entered my first writing contest this week. I did it on a whim after seeing an announcement on Facebook. Of course, it would be awesome if I won. But I did it more just to say that I did it and because I'm looking forward to getting feedback -- the good and the bad.
See that's the thing about contests. Whether you get a prize or not, you can get other things just for participating.
If you're unpublished, here are some other benefits to entering contests:
- A firm entry deadline will give you an incentive to finish your WIP once and for all.
- Your manuscript will end up in the hands of editors, agents and future readers/potential fans.
- If you do end up winning or placing -- bragging rights!
Sounds tempting, right? Are you ready to take the plunge and try out a contest?
Luckily, I know of a great contest for unpublished writers that's taking entries now!
The Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers, sponsored by the Orange County Chapter of RWA, is one of the longest-running and most respected contests offered by an RWA chapter.
Click here for more information about the 2014 Orange Rose Contest sponsored by OCC RWA