Why You Want to Enter a Writing Contest

MB Partlow is a writer, a cranky optimist, a domestic goddess wannabe, a voracious reader across any genre, and the Director for the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

Why on Earth (or Any Other Planet) Would You Want to Enter a Writing Contest?

by MB Partlow

If you have a manuscript you’re working on or a finished novel hiding on your hard drive, you might want to expose your brainchild to the world through a writing contest. You could want feedback, fame and/or glory*. Or you could be a masochist.

Step one is to always read the directions carefully. You wouldn’t want to spread your foot-fungus medication on the wrong body part, and you wouldn’t want to submit your manuscript to the wrong contest or in the wrong category. Maximize your results by taking the time to carefully read through what and how to submit. Many contests are open to published or unpublished authors, while others, like the Zebulon, are open to both.

So why enter a writing contest?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 251): An Interview with Aaron Michael Ritchey

In episode 251 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Aaron Michael Ritchey live from the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

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In episode 250 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Gail Carriger, and Chuck Wendig discuss writing, conventions, the genre fiction bubble and more.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 249): An Interview with Carol Berg

In episode 249 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Carol Berg live from the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

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In episode 246 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Jim C. Hines live from the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

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