Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pub Life: A Guide to Upcoming Writing Contests

Writing contests are a great way to get feedback on your manuscript and to get your work in front of agents and editors.  If you final or win a contest, having that accolade can look great in query letters, submissions, and on social media.

Judging contests can also be a great experience.  Much like interning at a literary agency or publishing house, judging a contest helped me to understand what it's like on the other side of the page, so to speak.  Judging a contest can serve as a great litmus test for your own work as well as paying it forward and helping other writers.

As with anything in the publishing industry, you have to find what fits for you and what works best for your career progression.  But if you are interested in entering some contests or judging one, here is a list of some upcoming opportunities.  The links contain more information about categories, etc.

The Golden Heart (unpublished) Romance Writers of America  Deadline: December 13, 2013
First Crime Novel (unpublished) Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America  Deadline: December 16, 2013
The Great Expectations (unpublished) North Texas RWA  Deadline: December 29, 2013
Spark Award (self-published) Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators  Deadline: December 31, 2013
The Golden Quill (published) Desert Rose RWA  Deadline: January 10, 2014
Marlene Awards (unpublished) Washington Romance Writers  Deadline: January 15, 2014
Winter Rose (unpublished) Yellow Rose RWA  Deadline: January 26, 2014
The Sandy (unpublished/published) Crested Butte Writers  Deadline: February 10, 2014
Fire & Ice Contest (unpublished) Chicago-North RWA  Deadline: February 14, 2014 
PNWA Literary Contest (unpublished) Pacific Northwest Writers Association  Deadline: February 21, 2014

Good Luck!! Do you have any upcoming writing contests to add to the list?

Chanel Cleeton writes New Adult contemporary romances and Young Adult thrillers.  Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on February 1, 2014, followed by a sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.  You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook or on her own website