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Should You Enter Writing Contests?

Writers can benefit in several ways from entering various writing contests. A win can build credibility with agents and publishers; get your writing noticed; land you a cash prize and/or publication, subscriptions to literary journals, or conference fees; and grant you bragging rights. It’s important, however, to do your homework, weed out scams, and carefully match up contest guidelines with your writing.

Savvy Writer regularly highlights a handful of contests, but if you’re interested in more contests, consider subscribing to the Creative Writers Opportunity List ( or C. Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers newsletter ( Clark also lists contests on her Funds for Writers website and has recently released a book, Writing Contests with Hope, which includes information on more than 700 contests and debunks common myths ( And best of luck!