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Writing Contest winners?

  1. abcd1111 profile image59
    abcd1111posted 7 years ago

    With all the writers to survey here, I wondered if ANY have ever won a writing contest?

    More specifically, I was wondering if anyone has ever won a cash prize for a contest you paid to enter? An example would be for one of Writers's Digest contests or something similar?

    I have only submitted to a couple of contests and hesitantly because I wonder if there is a connection to any of the winners and the judges. I hate paying to enter, but understand the need for the prize money.

    I would love to know of a legitimate winner.

    1. A.I.D.Y profile image62
      A.I.D.Yposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      yes.

  2. jellydonut25 profile image60
    jellydonut25posted 7 years ago

    Once upon a time I won a bike from a free contest...

    that was like 10 years ago though...

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That's a very decent prize from a free contest!  Congrats for that.

      Have you entered any contests since then?

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    nope have yet to win a writing contest sad

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry to hear that Crazd. Do you wonder if they're legit as well?

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        Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yea I do. I am thinking of maybe entering one for writer's digest since I know they are legit...maybe sometime this year if I get teh chance to write another short story or something smile

        1. abcd1111 profile image59
          abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I hope you do!

  4. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Never entered a contest with regards to writing. Was never felt the need to be entered. lol lol lol

  5. Maddie Ruud profile image83
    Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

    I won a few writing contests as a child.  Prizes were books and electronics and things.

  6. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 7 years ago

    I have never joined a writing contest.
    Why not start one here on  HubPages? But who would make the rules?

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      And who would be the impartial judges?

      I have no idea how it could be done. Any takers?

  7. IvyCrenshaw profile image59
    IvyCrenshawposted 7 years ago

    I won several as a child, and one on Helium.

  8. RedElf profile image85
    RedElfposted 7 years ago

    Congratulations, Ivy!

  9. manlypoetryman profile image68
    manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago

    I won third in some poetry contest from a link to a link of a Writer's Web Site off of Craigs List...never did get the 20 or 25 dollar check I was suppose to have won...lol Which reminds me...what was their name again...? (I want my 20 dollars lol !!)

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    Pani Midnyte Odinposted 7 years ago

    I won a coloring contest once when I was about 8 years old. I won a new box of crayons.

    I also won a poetry contest in 9th grade, but all I "won" was the chance to buy a copy of the book it was published in.

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      There are a good many "contests" where your prize is being able to buy the book publishing your work. More of a scam. (Not to take away from your win, but that's a trick to make money.)

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        Pani Midnyte Odinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        That would be why I put the word won in quotes...

        1. abcd1111 profile image59
          abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I apologize Pani Midnyte Odin for restating the obvious. I just hate "contests" like that.  I didn't mean to insult you.

          Thanks so much for responding to my original query.

  11. Meghan Fitz profile image84
    Meghan Fitzposted 7 years ago

    Once, I won a writing contest about Hilary Swank. A local blog ask for haiku submissions about Hilary's beauty. I won free tickets to see a lecture with Hilary Swank!

    Here is my winning submission smile

    H. Swank in my dreams
    Considering a big switch
    To the other team

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I've actually been published in a couple haiku journals/articles. Your "Swanku" is delightful!

  12. blondepoet profile image79
    blondepoetposted 7 years ago

    Yes I came second in a Mills and Boons writing comp, that ran across NZ and Australia through New Idea. Woo hoo!!!

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That sounds huge. Congrats Blondepoet!

  13. livewithrichard profile image85
    livewithrichardposted 7 years ago

    I won one in the 4th grade and after being a smart ass to my teacher. She gave us a writing assignment which I didn't want to do and when she came to me, seen that I wasn't writing and asked why. I replied "I don't know, what do think I have, a magic pencil that can just make up a story as I go?" I expected a trip to the principal's office for that remark, either way I was getting out of the assignment.  She replied, something like "Wow, that's an amazing story I can't wait to read it when you finish." The bulb turned on right then and I finished my "Magic Pencil" story which she entered into a community writing contest and I won 4 tickets to Six Flags Great America.

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Now THAT's a great story!

  14. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    Never entered one. My daughter's won a short story contest, which was published and has two poems nestled between the front and back cover of a book.

    Maybe she's destined to become a writer. Unlike me smile

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Congrats to your daughter, frogdropping. I'm sure she gets her talent from somewhere...

  15. Ohma profile image79
    Ohmaposted 7 years ago

    Me never. My grandson won a diamond chip necklace in the second grade for writing a mother's day story. His mom abandoned him years ago so he wrote the story about me. The company running the contest was a large jewlery company here and the appreciated his honesty on the subject.

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Sweet. I hope you still have the necklace. That's the best win I've heard about yet.

      1. Ohma profile image79
        Ohmaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I sure do! It means very much to me.

  16. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago

    I have entered two writing contests in the last two years and I was one of 25 runners-up behind the top 3 cash prize winners in the first one I entered.  All 25 of us rec'd a book bag, 2 books, lip gloss, a scented candle, and a nice personalized note.  The top 3 had their stories published online.  The runners up only got the title of their story and their name published on the website.

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Well that's better than most entrants get I'm sure. Were you able to read the winning entries?

      1. KCC Big Country profile image84
        KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, they were all posted online.

  17. Sara Tonyn profile image61
    Sara Tonynposted 7 years ago

    I won a pony.

    Nope. Wait. That was for playing baseball and it wasn't a pony it was a free pizza at Chuck E. Cheese.

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm going to bet you deserved a pony, but preferred the pizza anyway!

      1. Sara Tonyn profile image61
        Sara Tonynposted 7 years ago in reply to this



        True dat.

        This is why you're my best imaginary friend. You know me so well.

  18. diamondzulusa profile image59
    diamondzulusaposted 7 years ago

    yes i won one time

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Would you be willing to elaborate?  I am interested in someone who has had a positive experience and might be able to dispel some of my cynicism.

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    mtsi1098posted 7 years ago

    In the 6th grade I won an essay contest on the town I grew up in...So I decided to go into computers smile

    1. abcd1111 profile image59
      abcd1111posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good choice!  smile

 
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