Fiction Writing Contests 10

Fiction Writing Contests
Although I​ work at​ a​ regular 9-5 desk job,​ I've always dreamed of​ being a​ published writer .​
I've got numerous story ideas floating around in​ my head,​ and I've even committed some to​ paper in​ my spare time .​
I​ know it's practically impossible to​ send my manuscripts to​ a​ major publishing house and hope that someone will take a​ look at​ them,​ so I'm going to​ do something a​ bit different with my stories .​
I'm going to​ enter them into a​ few popular fiction writing contests to​ see how they fare.
I've heard that fiction writing contests present unknown writers with a​ fantastic opportunity to​ get discovered .​
Some of​ the​ most prominent competitions are judged by published writers,​ agents,​ or​ other industry insiders,​ which means I​ can really make a​ name for myself if​ I​ put my best stories out there .​
Even if​ I​ don't win any of​ the​ fiction writing contests I​ enter,​ there's a​ chance that one of​ the​ judges could like my work well enough to​ ask for more manuscripts -- a​ move that could help launch a​ legitimate career.
While getting discovered is​ my primary goal,​ I've read that a​ lot of​ budding short story writers and novelists use fiction writing contests as​ a​ means of​ getting in-depth evaluations from qualified critics .​
That's because the​ entry fees for many of​ these competitions cover extra perks such as​ feedback,​ tips,​ and even workshops .​
This is​ the​ kind of​ interaction that helps many writers take their work to​ the​ next level,​ and is​ something that I'm anxious to​ get for myself .​
Of course,​ for many people,​ the​ main reason for entering a​ fiction writing contest is​ to​ win big prizes .​
Every single competition out there offers publication,​ either in​ a​ magazine,​ journal,​ anthology,​ or​ on​ a​ website,​ and many offer cash prizes ranging from a​ few hundred dollars to​ $10,​000 or​ more,​ depending on​ the​ number of​ entries .​
Some of​ the​ more prestigious fiction writing contests may even offer a​ coveted short-term publishing contract as​ the​ top prize,​ which is​ something that all aspiring writers would love to​ win.
I've got two short stories that I​ think would be good candidates for a​ couple of​ these fiction writing contests .​
I​ will probably start out with a​ few of​ the​ smaller competitions just so I​ can familiarize myself with the​ whole process .​
Once I​ learn a​ bit more about how these events work,​ I'll start entering the​ bigger competitions .​
With a​ little bit of​ luck,​ I​ may even win something!

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