Saturday, January 11, 2014

Love or Hate Contests?

What’s your love or hate thoughts on entering or being nominated in a writing contest? There are contest to enter for published and unpublished works of every genre. Pick and choose; you can enter everything from poetry and lyrics to short stories and scripts and everything in between. Contest can be for fiction, nonfiction, already published or never published.
Judging can be on popularity or merit based on the writing. Consider the costs to enter competitions. I’ve seen ranges from free to eighty-five dollars and multiple books to send along. Prizes are just as varied from bragging rights and an icon or sticker to prize money and publishing contracts. A few contest offer feedback as a bonus.

Things to think about;
  What are you willing to pay for a contest?
  Is a sticker and bragging rights enough of a win?
  What quantity of books are you willing to send in to enter?
  Does winning a contest help you reach readers?

Check out Writer’ for contests to enter I listed a few below.  

A few contest ideas to check out:
The Big Moose Prize
Amazon Novel Writing Contest
State contests Example: Wisconsin and Oklahoma
Dear Lucky Agent
Predators and Editors
Final Draft Big Break Contest
State Romance Writer’s Contests

            Shout out, I’d love to hear if you love or hate contests, if they have helped your career and if you’ve ever won.

Victoria Roder lives in Central Wisconsin with her husband and house full of pets. She is the author of paranormal thriller Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary, action thriller Bolt Action, paranormal romance The Dream House Visions and Nightmares. Picture books An Important Job to Do: A Noah’s Ark Tale, What If A Zebra Had Triangles? and children’s chapter books, Sled Dog Tales and The Curse of King Ramesses II, an inspirational book It’s Not You, It’s Them: Six Choices to Healing & Thriving After Abuse, and puzzle book Directions For Life. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies. Please visit Victoria at


Julie Lence said...

Hi Vicki: Personally, I don't care for writing contests. The few I entered didn't help me with my writing. One judge would really love it, one wouldn't and another was somewhere in the middle. So, in spending money to enter and hoping to get constructive feedback, it's not worth it when the marks are all across the board. IMO, it all boils down to personal taste of the judges.

Victoria Roder said...

Very good point!

linda_rettstatt said...

I don't spend much money on contest entries at all. If I do enter a contest, I want to know its history, who's doing the judging, and I want feedback. I always ask myself: Would winning in this contest further my writing career in some way?

Big Mike said...

After submitting numerous novels that had received multiple five star reviews from various websites, I'm convinced quality is not the issue rather the quirks of the evaluators. Given so few judges are in each genre category, very hard to hit the focused preferences of a few judges.


Julie Eberhart Painter said...

It's all about the story. The critique, regardless of what you pay to be judged (How does that sound?), is subjective and not much help to budding writers.

Once your name is recognized another problem emerges: Am I winning because they know who I am?

Waste of money. Enter free contests only and specifically if your story fits the guidelines.

Mark said...

I agree with the majority -- contests are generally more trouble than they're worth. I've found that a good old review brings better results (sales may be relatively few, but they are there). Same goes for a blog -- people see you, and sales aren't offset by the payment of entry fees or the donation of books.