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Writing Wednesday/ #IWSG/ Contests

The first Wednesday of every month I participate in The Insecure Writer’s Support Group.  The #IWSG is one AMAZING group of talented writers. Some of them are beginners and some are professional authors. One of the many things we all have in common is our moments of extreme insecurity about our craft. Another is our gratitude and strong -pay it forward attitudes when our confidence is soaring.

We would love to have you join us:



Every Wednesday I also share some of the things I have found that worked and some that didn’t work so well on my journey to publication, marketing and publishing again. Being insecure at times is one thing I had to and still deal with in my writing. Learning to listen to other writers, taking their advice and learning to write through those insecurities is a must.


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Writing Contests

I will be honest, I am still a bit confused by and I get quickly overwhelmed when trying to sift through all of the contests out there for writers. For that reason I didn’t enter my first book in any contests. I would like to enter The Stranger in My Recliner in a few. While the book is in production I would like to enter a few short story contests too.

What I’ve learned:

  • The saying, “If it cost money it isn’t legitimate,” is not true when it comes to writing contests. There are many established contests that charge an entrance fee to raise prize money.
  • Many magazines offer writing contests.
  • Do your research before entering. Request the contest facilitators send you a list of previous winners. Ask other writers for contest information.
  • How many winners are chosen?
  • Is there a cash prize, will the winners be published and where?
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  • Will the winners work be promoted and how?
  • Who are the judges and what is their process?
  • I was one of the judges for the Huffington Post’s Memoir Contest. I enjoyed reading all of the entries (most of them) and it was so hard to choose my favorites. It was a lengthy process and I learned so much. The one thing that consistently frustrated me while judging that contest was how many entrants ignored the formatting instructions. If you enter a contest make sure you read and follow the formatting instructions. Some contests will disqualify your entry if you don’t and others may take points off.
  • Most of the major writer’s conferences offer contests. If you are planning to attend a conference next year be sure to ask.

Have you ever entered a writing contest? Do you have any suggestions?

Just a few suggestions:

Good Luck and Happy Writing,


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