Entering Contests Improves Your Writing
That’s right. You get great feedback from the judges even if it’s bad. This helps you to improve your writing for future contests or publication.
Motivates You to Keep Writing
Have you ever been at the point where you want to give up completely? Sure, you have. Who among us hasn’t? Entering a contest helps you to have that ‘I’m going to do this and win’ attitude. This helps you to keep writing.
You can get invaluable feedback from the judges that improves your work. See number #1.
Your Work Will Be Seen
You can count on this. Not only will your work be seen by the contest host and judges, but others too. I’m speaking from personal experience. Many times, people who have won or placed in a contest are published in the host’s publication newsletter. If this is the case, you’ll be notified and asked for permission for them to print your story.
You Gain Writing Experience
Yes, not only do you gain the all-important feedback, but you also gain experience writing against a deadline, and submitting.
Placing or Winning
This is so important to an author. Placing or winning in a contest boosts an author’s ego, which is so important for ‘those kind of days’. It helps him to keep on writing!
You can brag about your win or your placement all you want! Put it on the ‘Media Page’ of your website and put it on your ‘Sell Sheet’. You can talk about your win, your prize, or show off your digibadge in your newsletter. Heck, you could even put it in your email signature. The ideas are endless here!
As you can see from this article, there are seven ways you can benefit from entering a writing contest. For your convenience, I’ve listed some links to children’s writer’s contests here.
Story Quest Books
Ozark Creative Writers
Institute of Children’s Literature