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Writing Tips: Join Contests

7 Feb

So the Undergraduate Reading Series went FANTASTIC–but I will post about that next time (That way, I have time to organize my words & thoughts before I share them with you all.)

Today I wanted to talk about getting out there and exposing yourself to the publishing world (which is FULL of opportunities just waiting to be taken advantage of.)

Many fellow writers ask me how to get published. What can they do? Who can they talk to? How do they know they’re ready, let alone their piece of work?

Well, first and foremost, I’d say follow professionals’ blogs, Twitters, Facebooks, etc. This will help you tremendously. They know the industry, and they are willing to help you. Trust me, they were in your position at one point in time, and they understand your dream.

I follow a lot of articles, but Nathan Bransford, author and formal literary agent, is one of my favorites: Check him out here.

Another reason I mention him is because of CONTESTS.

That’s right: Contests.

Join them. Nathan Bransford, himself, recently held The 5th-Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge, and the final prize includes the opportunity to have a partial manuscript reviewed by agent, Catherine Drayton, along with a query review, AND a free copy of Bransford recent publication. 

The best part? ANYONE can join, and EVERYONE gets reviewed as a potential finalist by Bransford himself.

In fact, I joined myself (I’m the middle entry):

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So look out for contests, because, not only could you possibly win, you can expose your writing and meet other writers. Contests very much can bring you contacts (like attending a writing convention can) and they’re tons of fun!

Try it out & good luck!

~SAT

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