It is interesting to note that the number of writing competitions has skyrocketed in recent years, while the number of people taking part in these competitions has dramatically reduced over the same period. It is because, in as much as a writer, I have become increasingly irritated by the growing exponentially growth of such writing competitions over the past decade, for the reason that, as a literature lover, I have become more annoyed by the lost importance given to these competitions and the vastly overrated growth of internet writing contests.
Writing contests are one of those things that a writer loves and one that many other writers seem to hate. The thing is, there are a lot of good reasons why writers would want to enter competitions like these but what I am going to show you are not only some of the best reasons, but also the most common reasons that many writers would enter these competitions.
Firstly, the fact that these competitions are so popular means that it is possible to get an edge over the competition. This means that, although a writer may have no chance of winning any prizes, he can still be more competitive with the other entrants in the same category. This can be achieved by choosing one particular competition at a time and then working on increasing your chances of success in that particular category over time. Of course, this does not mean that writers are automatically better at writing the same type of competition than the competition itself, but rather that it is possible to focus on one specific aspect of the competition and achieve an advantage.
Secondly, writing competitions are highly respected among the writing community. This means that, whether you have a great story to tell or not, you will often find that there is already a writer competing in that category and you can take advantage of that by taking part in one of their competitions.
Thirdly, there is often a prize money involved and therefore it is easier to get the attention of the reader if you have a piece that is of interest to the other writers. The prize money can often be quite a substantial amount, particularly if the competition is a grand prize, which means that the winner can easily afford to invest some money into their prize.
Last but not least, some competitions charge an entry fee and many more do charge a submission fee. While there may not be any need for these fees, the fact that there is money to be won means that those who enter the competitions can feel like they are doing something to help increase the quality of the writing industry. Not to mention, in many cases, those who are looking for inspiration for their own work are often inspired by the stories that enter the competitions.
One final reason to enter these writing competitions is that, if you win, you can expect to receive recognition in the literature scene. The writers of the competition will give you a prize to mark your achievement or can even make sure that you have enough space for your next piece in the magazines or other literature publications. In fact, this is something that few writers ever get to achieve, which is why it is worth it to get involved. Winning a prize from a writing competition should always be a reward of sorts.
Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas on how to write competitions, and hopefully you have found them to be helpful as you plan on entering one or more of these competitions. Just remember, when it comes to writing competitions, you will find that the real fun and excitement come in when the competition is a long shot. If you are prepared to take the time to learn a little about writing competitions, you should find that your entries are more likely to be accepted and more successful.