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Going Contest Crazy


Alright, maybe not “crazy,” but I’m doing the Charleston because I’m really excited about entering these contests.  Until this point, I’ve been focused solely on craft and doing my best to stand out in the slush pile.  Recently, a writer friend of mine pointed out that another great way to set your writing apart is to participate in contests.  She even found her first agent that way.  So here we go. 🙂

This week, I entered three contests advertised in the RWA’s trade publication.  They are:

  • The Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest
  • The Fire & Ice Contest
  • The California Hooker Contest

There’s a contest through the RWA’s young adult chapter that I’ll submit to in March–very excited!

Now, I need your help!  I want to enter more contests, but I’m being picky because I know there are a lot out there–some more reputable than others.  I’m wary of reading the fine print when entering my work in anything like this (are you guys?).  I’d love to find a contest for unpublished writers–particularly those writing YA, romance, or paranormal.  If you know of any good ones, please post below!

Michelle Joyce Bond


20 thoughts on “Going Contest Crazy

  1. I don’t know of any, I’m afraid, but I’m sure with some dedicated digging you’ll locate good ones though! 🙂

    I don’t know how others followers feel, but I really enjoy reading your writing. So if you’re not too self-conscious, it would be great to be able to read your entries. Particularly your romance and paranormal. I do like a good read!

      1. Oh, thank you! 😀

        I’ve had a few ideas floating around in my head for ages, but I haven’t really pursued them. Novels, that is. But I’d love to read anything you write. For now, blogging has been a great outlet for me for writing. If I do decide to start something though, you’ll one of the first to know.

  2. What I’d really recommend is to do applications for exclusive conferences, even if you don’t have any intention to go. From what I understand, there are a lot of writers’ conferences and retreats for which unpublished guests need to prove their literary awesomeness. If there’s no application fee with it, which is usually a sign of reputability if there isn’t one, then I’d say just apply for as many of those as you can, the more exclusive the better.

      1. In fact, I’d say Writers’ Digest is the best place to start. They have a monthly list of upcoming conferences at the back of their magazine issues, and I’m sure there are similar resources for them online.

  3. I too had been wracking my brain trying to find ways to get noticed until I learned of ye ole short story contest path. I’m trying that strategy this year too while I finish my larger manuscript. Perhaps we’ll even see each others names from time to time. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!

    1. I wish I could think in short story length, but I was never able. I’m jealous. 🙂 BTW, I just read the blurb on your site for Uncertain Faith. Is that the manuscript you’re talking about? What an eerie, original idea!

      1. An Uncertain Faith is already published. The manuscript I’m working on now is an entirely separate second project. But thanks, I rather like it.

      1. Hey, and thanks for the well-wishing! It will be a few months until I get results, and though I don’t think I’ll actually win anything, I’m eager to get results from the judges. Feedback from editors and agents could give me a lot of direction. 🙂

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