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Winning Contests, Avoiding Scams
And Using Your Wins to Best Advantage

To better use contests to gain exposure and expand your credentials:

  • Set a goal based on the kind of writing you do and the size of your pocketbook. No-fee contests work well until you refine your contest IQ.   Pick contests that impose fees at least as carefully as you might select a tomato from the produce department at your market.
  • Consider less popular contests as well as those that carry names like Hemingway and Faulkner. On a slow day, editors won't care how big the name and on any given day, most reporters who are generally journalists not novelists after all,  won't know the difference between a small contest and a blockbuster.
  • Choose contests that match your needs. Short story contests for someone with a published book of short stories, for an example, may be more accessible than a contest that judges complete books.
  • Pay attention to the contest’s guidelines. Don’t enter a competition that seeks experimental fiction if your book is a mystery. It wastes your time and theirs even if no fee is involved.
  • Ask your publisher to enter your book in contests that require a publisher, rather than the author, to nominate a book. Many publishers won't do this without a nudge.
  • To increase your chances and to keep you from worrying about each entry, submit work to several contests at a time.
  • Don't neglect community contests and awards for individuals rather than books. I've found one given by members of the California State Legislature for woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment one of the most valuable awards for promotion. There is a relationship between arts and entertainment, of course,  but the award isn't specifically for one of my books. Another award given for literary activism by the Pasadena Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Pasadena, offered me many promotional opportunities that awards on my writing alone could have offered because it was community-centered and that's a broader demographic than readers alone.

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