Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Writing Contests

My article and essay writing instructor mentions writing contests frequently in class. She encourages the students to enter numerous writing contests and thinks that the often $10 and up entry fees are worth it. Me? I'm not so sure. I'm on the fence about shooting work off to writing contests unless I feel strongly that I have a good piece. Many contests require the entries come via snail mail, which feels outdated but I don't mind that too much. Reading the microscopic and lengthy rules, however, can really take time. I usually only enter 1-2 contests per year and try to do ones that are without entry fees- like many writing contests for students.

What's your take on writing contests?


April Aragam said...

I've never really been interested in writing contests. The only one I have ever entered are the short ones (75 words or less I think) at writer's digest. Entry is free and via the internet, so it's kind of a fun thing to do.

Ella Enchanted said...

I'm kind of iffy on contests too. Before Harper, I'd really only entered one. Besides the fact I don't really feel like paying fees to validate my writing, I also agree I would like to have a really good piece to submit to a good contest - meaning, I'd have to know who is judging it, who I'm competing against, etc. You could win a lot of contests - but what if there were only ten other contestants or not so great entries?

I guess I'm saying it could really go either way, strengthen your writing or do nothing. It definitely depends on the contest itself.

Stephanie Janulis said...

When it came to Harper...it was nice that we didn't have to pay a fee to participate, but at the same time, you had people judging your writing when theirs was likely dismal. I think that contests can be good if they're short little ones to just refresh your mind and to get you to think outside of the box, but in general, I wouldn't enter into a larger one where I'd be putting tons of time into it. I think I'd rather take that time and that writing and try to get it published.