Writing competitions can be intriguing but also pricey. Annika Perry shares some great thoughts about if paying entry fees is worth it and how to choose the writing contest that is best for you.
To pay or not to pay?
Have you ever paid to enter writing competitions; either for short stories, poetry or even submitting a novel? Or perhaps you’d never contemplate having to pay for competitions?
The topic of writing competitions came up at our last meeting of the local writing group and I was surprised at the varying opinions.
A couple of people seemed genuinely surprised that most competitions charged and that these were successful – I then had to admit to entering some myself with one win, a shortlist and a couple of long-list to my name.
At first I was overjoyed to have my work professionally validated and deemed worthy to be read in print and it was the confident booster I so desperately needed. The deadlines, themes etc was a great incentive to sit down and write, producing a story in a day or two – then a…
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