So you want to compete in writing contests for prizes and recognition?
Writing contests are a fun way to evolve your writing skills — and, yes, cash prizes are a nice bonus.
But remember, the emphasis is on fun.
If cash is your primary goal, you should focus your time and energy on landing freelance writing jobs.
However, if you’re looking for writing competitions and an enjoyable way to improve your writing skills, read on.
Updated for 2021, this roundup post includes both writing contests that are free to enter and writing contests with nominal entry fees.
Free Writing Contests with No Entry Fee (i.e. Free to Enter!)
Writing Contests with Entry Fees (i.e. Costs Money to Enter)
Don’t mind having a little skin in the game?
Here are writing contests that require an entry fee to enter:
Common Questions and Answers (and Resources)
Why Should I Enter Writing Contests (Besides the Cash Prizes)?
Because entering writing contests gives you a way to practice writing — the best way to improve your skills. You may even get feedback from some of the contests, and of course, the ultimate positive feedback if you win!
If you’ve wanted to experiment with different genres or different writing styles, this is your chance to play.
The deadlines in writing contests can make the difference between actually writing that next piece and doing it “someday.”
What Happens After I Enter a Writing Contest?
Now you get to practice patience and the skill of waiting.
Not all contests will contact you to let you know who won. Some only contact the finalists or the winner(s).
In the contest instructions, you may find dates for when the finalists or winners will be announced. Add these dates to your calendar so you’ll know that if you aren’t contacted by then, you didn’t win this writing contest.
If you do win, and you’ve submitted the same piece of content to multiple contests, you should withdraw your submission(s) from the other contests.
And then celebrate!
What Are Some Good Resources That’ll Help Me Win Writing Contests?
The number one tip to help you win? Pay attention to the details! Ignoring or missing any of the contest rules or requirements could mean instant disqualification.
Merely following the rules can give you an edge over the competition.
Here’s a collection of blog posts to help you improve your writing skills.
Game on: Time to Enter Writing Contests For Fun and Money
Imagine how you’ll feel as a contest winner.
The confirmation of your writing skills. The recognition, the charge of seeing your work published.
You could use your winnings towards writing books, courses, or coaching to develop your talent and skills further.
A fun part of life is trying new things, and here is your opportunity.
So before you close out of this post, pick one contest. Then bookmark it and start working on your contest entry.