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Improve Your Writing Platform by Entering Writing Contests

Updated on May 5, 2014

Who, Me?

Yes, you!

I’m talking to all of you.

I’m talking to anyone who is interested in furthering their writing career, and I’m talking to anyone who would like to find out just how good they really are.

Whether you are a writer of novels, a writer of short stories, an article writer, or a poet, this article is for you. This article is for anyone interested in advancing and improving in this craft called writing, whether you are a housewife in Skokie or a copywriter in Dubai.

This one’s for you!

I have heard all of the excuses so please don’t bother me with yours.

“I could never win a contest. I’m not good enough.”

“What if I didn’t win? It would be so embarrassing.”

“I could never handle the rejection.”

“It’s too costly to enter contests and besides, I don’t have a chance.”

All those and more I have seen over the years, and some of them I have used myself, and quite frankly they are all hogwash.

Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.

Charles Stanley

You build your platform one accomplishment at a time
You build your platform one accomplishment at a time | Source

So What’s This Writer’s Platform You Talk About?

A writer’s platform is, for lack of a better explanation, the body of work a writer has produced. It is a writer’s accomplishments. It is, in a very real sense, who that writer is with regards to the craft of writing.

Think in terms of a job resume. Your platform is your experience. When you go to a job interview, the interviewer will look at your resume and discuss it with you, and from that discussion they will determine whether you are qualified for the job.

The same is true of a platform. If you have visions of being a freelance writer, you will need published works to show your ability as a writer. You will need articles that you have written to show that you have game. Similarly, if you approach an agent or publisher with a manuscript, you will need to show your platform to them in an attempt to convince them that you are worth a risk.

And that leads us to the topic of writing contests. Winning a writing contest is a great addition to your platform. It tells people that one, you had the confidence in your work to enter a contest and two, you had enough ability to actually win a contest. Those are huge feathers in the cap of any writer.

How Do You Find These Contests?

Oh my goodness, it’s as easy as Googling “writing contests.”

It took me all of two minutes to find the following:

http://www.freelancewriting.com/writing-contests.php

http://www.fanstory.com/page/writing_contest/writing_contest.jsp

http://creativegenius.hubpages.com/hub/Poetry-Writing-Contests

http://writingcontests.wordpress.com/

http://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests/

http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition

And there are hundreds more to choose from. Each site will tell you the submissions guidelines, and there are contests for every imaginable writing genre.

They will also tell you the cost of entering, which leads us to the next excuse…..

But I Can’t Afford to Enter Too Many Contests

Yes, it is true, entering some contests can be a bit pricey. Entry fees will range from five to twenty-five dollars per entry, and it doesn’t take long to break our personal banks if we enter too many of those contests…..but…..

There are many contests that are free to enter, and when I say free I am talking about no cost at all. You submit your writing via email, so you don’t even pay the postage.

So that shoots that excuse all to hell and back, now doesn’t it?

Stop making excuses
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But I’m Not Good Enough to Win

How do you know that if you’ve never tried?

I know far too many good writers who are afraid to stick their necks out and find out just how good they really are. How in the world do you expect to improve your craft simply by sitting in your bedroom, by yourselves, without ever receiving feedback from readers or judges?

There are literally thousands of writing contests each year. Someone has to win so why not you?

But What If I Don’t Win? I Can’t Handle Rejection!

Well then, you might want to reconsider being a writer, because the writing profession is all about rejection. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you plan on being a writer you better plan on a few hundred slaps to the face. Some of the most famous authors in history were rejected for years before finally being “discovered.” They did not give up after the first rejection letter, nor did they give up after the 100th rejection letter. They just kept writing, kept improving, and kept submitting their work as if their writing lives depended on it.

There are millions of writers in the world and they are all after a piece of the literary pie. Of course you will be rejected…..but….look at it this way….for every writing contest, there are only several hundred entries. That means your odds are pretty darned good if you ask me.

For years, Stephen King could not find a publisher willing to take a chance on his works.

He kept writing and kept submitting.

And he found success!

You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try - you don't take the risk.

Sit down and start entering contests
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An Example of How This Helps Your Platform

I am currently reading a series of novels written by Joe R. Lansdale. I want to share with you the jacket insert of his first novel, before he ever won the Edgar Award or six Bram Stoker Awards. In other words, before he became famous.

“Joe R. Lansdale has written over 200 short stories and several novels in the suspense, horror, and Western genres. He currently lives in East Texas with his wife, son, daughter, and German Shepherd.”

That, my friends, was Mr. Lansdale’s platform prior to hitting it big. Yes, he had put in his work. Writing over 200 short stories and several novels is an impressive body of work, but it is no more impressive than the work some of you have done. It makes no mention of any prestigious awards, nor does it mention if he won any contests.

Now, just for fun, let’s substitute your name into the equation.

“Joyce P. Writer has written over fifty short stories, and has won the Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest as well as the Fanstory Contest for Best Novella.

That is every bit as impressive as Mr. Lansdale’s bio. Why? Because winning writing contests is an impressive accomplishment, that’s why! With a couple of contest wins, your platform says that you are a professional with some serious skills, and people pay attention to serious skills.

Have you entered a writing contest before?

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You Have Absolutely Nothing to Lose By Trying

Who is to know if you fail? Submissions are anonymous, so even if you get rejected and place 129th out of 130 entries, nobody will know. There is no embarrassment attached to this activity. Consider it all a learning experience and continue to grow as a writer.

And isn’t that what this is all about?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you are right on my friend, and I thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly. 'Tis better to try to be rejected, then never to try and never know.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Glimmer, that in no way is a silly idea. Why not?

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I had no idea that there were writing contests that you had to pay to enter. Maybe I should start my own contest and have folks pay me to enter. Just kidding. This was really interesting Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! I hope you enter more contests in the near future. And I always appreciate you taking the time to visit me.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I remember entering a writing contest when in elementary school. I think I received an honorable mention. It is worth a try. Great advice for getting your name out into the writing world.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alise, that is fantastic. Bravo for entering and taking the chance. I love to hear things like that.

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      Alise- Evon 3 years ago

      Great encouragement, Bill! I entered a Readers Digest contest this past winter- write a story from your life in 100 words or less. Would have been nice to win, but more I did it for the challenge of crafting such a piece with so few words. Got it down to 100 on the dot with some wrangling!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, DDE. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A writing contest boost ones mind into writing and allows for encouragement a well thought of hub as always you know what to write about.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, the thing I keep going back to, is that it is anonymous. No one will ever know if you failed, and in my mind, you never fail if you try. Give it a go my friend.

      Happy Mother's Day to you!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “Who, me?” Those were the very words that popped into my head when I first read the title to your hub. You know us, well, Bill. :-) I have always been shy about entering contests as I never think I am good enough. But as you stated, “How do you know that if you’ve never tried?” Good question. We’ll never know unless we try. Excellent hub, Bill, as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tebo, it is my pleasure. Thank you for stopping by and good luck.

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      tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Another great hub for up and coming writers. Thanks for all the ideas you suggest. I think I will google writing competitions.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, there are a great many free contests, as I mentioned. Try them out at no cost. You have nothing to lose my friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Bill you have got the right idea however that is my dilemma. I write to earn a bit and the bit I need for myself. If I started with contest fees and then didn't win prize money I be up the creek Perhaps someday. I do think it is a good idea...it's just those fees. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you James. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Good idea to improve our writing.Thanks for sharing

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, defeat is my best teacher....well, that and pain. :) Thank you my friend.

      bill

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Great advice as is usual. I have to say that many years ago I suffered seven rejections, I was quite put out at the time. Now when I consider the work I can see it was to shallow. We live and learn.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you liked it, vkwok. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the interesting ideas, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Flourish, I would have. LOL I hope you give some contests a try again. You are a good writer and who knows?

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I've never even thought of this. I won some contests when I was young but the idea escaped me. Who would have imagined Googling this?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Vellur. Thank you and I'm glad you found this motivational.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you so much for the kind words. This is a win-win situation for any writer. There is nothing at all to lose by entering. Best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Blossom. This is another growth step for a writer to take. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, I hope you give it a try. Who knows, right? Good luck and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I happen to agree completely with you. As always, thank you so much for being here.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      So true there is nothing to lose and it is definitely worth trying. A motivational and inspiring hub as always.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Bill,

      It is as if you read my mind for I have been thinking about writing contests, but used the "I do not have the $ excuse" which is really not an excuse; thus, finding out about the free contests one can enter is certainly something I want to try--not because I am a great writer, but I think entering would help me to build confidence even with the rejections. Plus, it is another opportunity to see what others are writing and what kind of work WINS. As always, V+ and if there has ever been a winner, that sir, is you.

      Kim

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Good advice. It's not the winning that's so important, but motivation to get moving and enter the contest. Someone has to win, so one day it may by one of us.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you so much for this reminding kind of hub. It's been years since I have entered a writing contest of any kind. I recall having started on several over the years but never entered them, thinking why bother i have so many other projects on the go. I will give it a go this time because of your hub. You are a great inspiration Billy.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the encouragement, Bill. Writing contests are a great idea. They can be very motivating. Even if we don't win we've learned something by trying to create our best work.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am too, Faith. She is a hard-worker and a great friend, and I'm smiling from ear to ear.

      Thank you dear friend.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, what fun, Bill! I have found I love entering contests, win or lose. It is great fun, especially to enter in a genre one normally does not write. Good advice here as always to add to our writing platform.

      I am so happy to see Cyndi's awesome news there! Hooray!

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cydni, that is sooooooo coooooool! Congratulations my determined friend. You deserve good things. You are right, of course. We never know when something like that is going to happen. We just have to keep working hard and following our heart, and sooner or later good will happen. This is wonderful news and I'm just ecstatic for you. Thank you for telling me before you blogged it...that means a lot to me.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Big Bro! Hola! So awesome that you published this: one of these days I'll actually purchase a Writer's Market book. You know what I really wanna do? Finally finish one of these novels I've started. But, it'll have to be in my free time cuz I AM NOW A FULL TIME TEACHER!! YAHOOOOEEEEEE! I can't announce it publicly on FB, yet, because of some employee "reorganization" but I'm going to be teaching Spanish, Global Education and maintaining my current school's website/social networks. Can you say frickin' DREAM JOB? I never, ever in my wildest dreams thought that these last two years (since I leapt from the "security" of public school...) did I think that my writing, Spanish and anthropology backgrounds - and even art! - would fuse together in a job they created especially for me. YIIIIPPPPEEEEEE! So, yes, I plan on ALWAYS writing: you just never, ever know where life is going to take you and I enjoy it so much. Especially because I meet the most awesome people, AND my writing led me to my DREAM job. :D Just had to share in my joy. Found out only a little while ago after some negotiating and such. I can't WAIT to blog about this. And get back to writing hubs. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Parrster, I agree, feedback would be wonderful in those situations. Of course, so would a million dollars, but I'm not counting on either of them. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I liked the anonymity. That made it much less scary for me.

      Thank you for several visits today.

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      Richard Parr 3 years ago from Oz

      Hey Billybuc, another great article. You've inspired me to give it another whirl. I've entered a number of competitions in the past. Won them all ...just kidding. The hardest part of the whole competition thing is lack of feedback. Of course, that's completely understandable, judges have hundreds of entries to read, they haven't time or inclination to write critiques. But still, I wish they did, even if it was a quick rating system, say between 1 and 10, or A through F. At least then you get some idea of how close or how far you were from success.

      Voted up and inspiring (which is an interesting + useful)

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Definitely something that writers should consider. It's scary to do, but worth it and encourages the author to write more and write more often! Great hub, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, I think that is a worthy goal. Good luck and thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Nice topic to discuss and you're right about several free ones. I entered two last year and I have a couple in mind to enter in for this year. After reading this, I would like to aim for entering at least once a month to challenge myself since I have been putting writing contests on the back burner.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I couldn't say it any better if I tried, so I won't. :) Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Entering contests is a good way to get feedback. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't. Four of my poems have won inclusion in poetry anthologies over the years, which was long before I dreamed of writing for a living. I still enter contests. I haven't won any of them recently, but sometimes you get lucky and have a critique come back after the winner is chosen. This happened to me not too long ago when I entered a short story in a contest put on by The Writers Village. I got a wonderful critique on my story with suggestions for making it better. I not only appreciated the feedback, but have enrolled in the fiction writing course offered by the curator of The Writers Village.

      Great things can come from entering contests. You won't know if you don't try!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I hope you do it. There are a lot to choose from. Take your time and find the one that fits you best and then go for it.

      And thank you for being here. I hope all is well in Minnesota.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Go for it, breakfastpop! I wish you luck my friend.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Great article Bill. I'm afraid I am one of those people that uses the "too expensive" as an excuse not to join the contests..but I've seen the hundreds of contests that are out there for free, so I think its really fear of rejection that holds me back. I definitely see the benefit in submitting works to these contests, if only to get feedback to make me a better writer. Thanks for the gentle nudge! I plan on participating in at least 2 contests this year, I just have to pick which one--so many to chose from.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I have never entered a contest, but why not! I have no problem with rejection. It is part of the writing life. Up, interesting, useful and awesome!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, it was a very gentle kick my friend, and a reminder to me as well to get with it!

      Thank you my friend. Have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I suppose you are going to use motherhood as an excuse! LOL Come on, get with it! :)

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I have to admit, you mention writing contests all the time, yet it never occurred to me to enter one.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, this is motivating and so relevant! I can clearly see the benefits of submitting for contests, and no excuses. I've entered three writing contests, one was for you, the other, poems and short stories for Frank's challenge. I find it so much easier to submit on HP, not so sure about other sites, I can see the truth in your words and will start doing some research to find the best contests to enter. Thank you for this little kick in the right direction. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I don't think you are being a naysayer. I think you are being realistic. There are good contests and bad. As for copyright concerns, those really are the same concerns for any writing that we do. No writing is safe these days, or at least I don't think it is.

      Anyway, thanks for your thoughts. They are always appreciated.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Bill, my friend, I agree with Ms Dora on Writers Digest competitions. Not to sound arrogant, but I would place my stories against their last two contest winners any day. Like Ms. Dora, their winning stories are not to my taste, and I won't waste another $20 bill on them. One was very abstract and the other was about a turkey shoot (boring). I'm glad, however, that you listed some other contest sites for us to check out. One concern, though, how are we protected from all the copyright violators when we enter these contests?

      Another thought, in some of these contests our submission becomes the property of the contest, and some publish the winners in a book. Now this is fine and dandy except that why would a person want to submit his or her best works when they lose their property rights for $20 or so. If a writer doesn't submit his or her best work, there is no chance of winning. I think that most return the property rights to those who are not winners, but the winner has just sold his or her best work for a small fee when it could be held for a collection of short stories. Does this really make sense? I'm not a big contester, so I would like to see more information on contests before I charge ahead.

      I really don't want to be a naysayer because you have such good ideas and advice. My advice would be enter a few to get your feet wet, but be discriminating and read the fine print. Voted up++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rafiq, you summarized it all perfectly. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, hooray for you! Enjoy your summer my friend. I understand completely the joy of summer vacation.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Great hub Bill! Writing contests are just like a bait, which attracts a writer. It motivates a writer to write more and more articles so that he may win a prize. The quest for prize brings about a remarkable improvement in writing skills of a writer. Thanks Bill for this useful and informative hub!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I've never entered a contest. Maybe I should put that on my to-do list for summer break. (This is my last week of teaching class until the end of August - I feel like a kid again with the whole summer ahead of me!)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you are very welcome...and it was, indeed, an affectionate push.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do, Dora. What could it hurt?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, we never know when success will come knocking on our door....but it will never happen if we don't do the work.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I think that's fantastic that you were runner-up. Well done my friend, and thank you!

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      A writing contest - that might be just the jolt I need right now! Thanks for the affectionate push, Bill!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I've entered a few Writer's Digest competitions. Not only did I not win, but were surprised at the articles that did; they were not to my taste--I was less mature.

      However, after writing on HubPages for almost three years, I have learned to appreciate different styles of writing. You encourage me to try again. Thanks, Bill.

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      jo miller 3 years ago from Tennessee

      One of my favorite stories about Stephen King was that he pinned all of his rejection slips up until his walls were covered with them. This was all before he found success.

      Thanks for the inspiration.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill. Yes, this is good advice. I have entered two poetry competitions that I had to pay for but didn't win. I still have a few entries in other's that were free to enter but pay up to $1000 first prize. There are a lot out there. Oh, one of my poems was a runner up in a competition at FanStory but there was only a prize for the winner. I'll keep on trying, and encourage everyone else to as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, good for you for having the courage to enter a contest, and thanks for sharing that. I agree, it is time for you to start writing again.

      Thank you my dear.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, well done my friend. We have a winner!!!!!!

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sannel, it is so nice to hear from you. Thank you my friend for stopping by, and well done for entering that contest. I agree with your thoughts.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Hi Bill, I entered a short story contest last year. I thought of entering a poetry competition this year, but somehow I had other things to do than to write. I think it's time to get back to writing again. I've had a looong break now... I enjoyed reading this hub. It was very inspiring.

      Enjoy springtime, Bill!

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Nice, positive Hub, Bill. I've had the experience of winning 2, and it is a great feeling. The money you can earn is nice too!

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      Sannel Larson 3 years ago

      Thank you, Billy for this encouraging and most useful hub! I recently entered a poetry contest, and no, I did not win. But winning or not winning were not the issue here, because I had already won by entering the contest. :-) I know, each time I enter, I will learn from it and that's all I want, and it's a great fun, too!

      I appreciate all the great links to different contests.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Take care,

      Sannel

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to see you Mari! Thank you!

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      Really the best way to improve your writing skills. Thanks, bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you show great restraint. If I had won I'd be entering many more. Figure to stop while on top, eh? Wise. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I entered and won a poetry writing contest once!! I've never tried any other writing contest, though.

      You are always an inspiration to writers; thanks!

      Voted UP, and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Janine, for spending part of your Monday with me. Enjoy your day my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I know you have definitely shared many of theses types of contests on your blog and love that you do promote these for all out there that might be looking ro even not he fence. Great advice Bill and totally just shared all over, too. Happy Monday now!