Have you ever submitted any of your work to a writing contest? If so, which contest, and what...
was the outcome?
I did that only once. A local community paper (Vancouver Courier) has a writing contest every year. I didn't make the cut.
But after reading the winners I decided I would never enter any of those kinds of contests again.
The winners were the kinds of stories overloaded with metaphors, endless adjectives, adverbs and descriptions of things not necessary to the story. The stories seemed to pander to what many readers think makes good writing. Not overly bad writing, as such, but I don't have time to waste on such drivel.
Writing classes have the necessary evil of teaching people to write to a formula and that does not make for original style or even interesting writing. It can be excruciatingly boring stuff.
It's a lot like public speaking classes tell people to use their hands to ad emphasis. Personally I can't stand watching people wave their hands around while they speak. Very distracting and annoying.
Most local contests are rigged. The winners are usually friends of the friends of the editor.
I suggest WD (writers digest) there contest are looking for new talent usually the judges are agents and editors,
understand the publishing industry is about business, so they are always looking for the next Grisham, or King.
someone that's going sell best sellers, don't give up!!
contest are a great way to get your foot in the door. Personally I have won a few poetry contest and was a runner up for a short short.
Entering is only half the battle, determination is what winners are made of.
So great luck and keep on keeping on...
We are having a contest here try it out...
Thanks for the input. I have entered several short stories and poetry with WD. Still waiting, I guess I'm just a little anxious. I've been working on something to submit to a Glimmer Train contest. At this time, I'm just trying to get my foot in the door and see how responsive "anyone" is to my work.
You are right, it's just dogged determination and I have plenty of that. I am looking forward to entering the HubPages contest as well!
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