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5 Outstanding Writing Contests to Enter in 2018

5 Outstanding Writing Contests to Enter in 2018

Are you a writer looking to showcase your skills? Why not enter a writing contest and challenge yourself in a competitive environment? There are hundreds of writing competitions available online, all it takes is a click to enter and change the trajectory of your wring career toward the stars.

If you’re dreaming of becoming a master wordsmith, enter one of these 5 outstanding writing competitions and test your skill set.

1. Friends of American Writers Chicago Awards

FAW hosts two annual competitions during the year. The first is the Adult Literature Award for literary fiction or nonfiction, and the second contest is the Juvenile Literature Award for a children’s or youth adult book. Contestants must reside in one of the U.S states of Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, or Ohio. Guidelines state that the theme of the manuscript must use one of these states for the background of the story.

Winners receive a variable cash prize between $500 to $2,000; the deadline is toward the end of 2018, visit their website for details.

2. Reedsy Weekly Short Story Contest

If you’re looking for a contest to enter this week, head over to Reedsy.com and sign up for their weekly newsletter. Every week, Reedsy challenge their subscribers to write a short story based on one of 5 genres recommended in their newsletter. If you write the winning piece, Reedsy will pay you $50 and feature you in their Medium blog.

This contest is an excellent opportunity for writers of any age or any experience level. Register on Reedsy for free writing tools and assistance to help you start and succeed with your writing career. The competition is open to enter for free, so register and make sure your submission reaches their editing team before the following Friday.

3. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Winning writers host this annual writing competition. This organization encourages writers to submit pieces with humor, creativity, and poetry. There’s no age restriction, and international writers are welcome to present their work.

There is no entry fee, but your submission must be no more than 250-lines. There’s a cash prize of $1,000 for the winner and multiple honorable mentions across a range of online and offline publications for extra exposure.

4. Inkitt

This independent, boutique publishing house awards the winner of their prestigious competition with a publishing deal. Imagine becoming a published author? If this excites you, then submit a manuscript for a fiction novel, with a minimum of 20,000 words.

If selected as the winner, Inkitt will provide you with professional editing and proofreading, as well as cover design and 20% royalties on the sales of your book. Inkitt proudly proclaim that they have a marketing strategy to get your book into the top 100 on Amazon.com, think about the career potential of winning this contest!

5. New Voices Award

Lee & Low Books present this contest. The award-winning children’s book publisher originally founded this contest in a 1,500-word, non-picture format, with contestants limited to people of color.

The winner of the competition receives a $1,00 cash prize a publication contract with the company. You’re allowed to enter two pieces, and the deadline for submissions is between May 1 and September 30, 2018.

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