How-to-Win-a-Contest-episode-98

4 TIPS TO TAKE YOU TO THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE

If you want to know how to win a writing contest, take it from someone who has judged a lot of writing contests. Here are four things that will almost automatically get you past the first few rounds of judging. They seem like simple things, but it is amazing how many folks don’t do them.

1. DON’T ENTER SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T FIT THE CONTEST

Honestly. You just cannot win if it doesn’t fit the contest parameters.

If it’s a picture book contest and you send the first chapter of your novel, you simply cannot win.

If it’s a contest for children’s mysteries and you send a mystery with an all-adult cast, you’re not going to win.

If it’s a children’s poetry contest and your poem is about the frustrations of retirement or the pain of your divorce, winning is not going to happen.

Even if your work is brilliant, can you imagine the firestorm of protest if the winner of their contest didn’t match the theme of the contest? So, save your time (and the judge’s) for contests where your entry fits.

For 3 more tips to take your contest entry to the top, listen to the full episode.

Now that you know all the secrets to a winning entry, check our current contests here. You just might be the next winner!

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