All my fellow writers out there will know that it’s a long climb to reach that publishing deal. You have to jump through what feels like an impossible number of hoops before you can find an agent or sign on the dotted line with a publishing company or both! One way we might sick out above the increasing numbers trying to do just that is by entering a competition.
I recently entered one run by the agent I met at my first writer’s event and I’m biting my nails to find out if I’ve been chosen. A competition gets our work seen by industry experts and often offers prize money and the chance to get all important industry exposure. It looks good on submissions and can give a much-needed ego boost to us struggling writer folks.
I’ve stumbled on a new competition that I had to share with you guys as it might be something we want to enter.
Women’s writing maagzine Mslexia has just launched a children’s novel competition. It’s open to women writers only worldwide and your work must be for children who can read by themselves or young adults. Closing date is September 2012 and you can win £5k. Plus the judges are really high profile. So check it out, I’m definitely going to enter if I’m still agent and publisher free by then.
I think we need to do everything we can to get our work “out there” and seen by the industry as much as we can to stand the best chance of getting noticed. It’s taken time for me to have the confidence to do just that but if we’re serious about being published one day, we have to.
Have you entered a writing competition? Will you be entering this one?