How to Score More for Your Writing Efforts in the New Year!

Would you like to work smarter, not harder in 2013?
Are you seeking more fans and friends without all the social media frenzy and
"hype" to get noticed and get ahead?
Here's a simple solution: contests.

Contests sponsored by reputable organizations and publications are great for gaining exposure for your work, earning industry recognition, and even earning cash and lucrative prizes for your efforts.
In fact, it can make a huge difference in your writing career.

And I should know.
Last year, when my Blog placed as a finalist from over 2,000 nominations, in a prestigious blogging competition held annually, I saw a definite difference.
My blog received a much higher level of traffic, I got requests to write for other influential sites, and my advertiser participation reached new heights!

With a little creativity and strategy, it can happen to you too.

Here are a few guidelines to consider:
  • Make sure to research any contest sponsor before you send money, or your submission. Are there any online complaints? Is there sufficient contact info provided in the guidelines? Though the vast majority of contests are legitimate, there are horror stories where writers have lost money and confidence through online scams. Don't be one of them.
  • Always submit the best work possible. Remember, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression."
  • Whenever possible, opt for free contests. This gives you more bang for your buck. What have you got to lose?
  • Keep accurate records. Particularly if you do multiple submissions. A simple spreadsheet created on your computer or a small writing journal will work well for this purpose.
  • Make sure to follow guidelines carefully. Sometimes, something as simple as not adhering to word counts, or not filling out the proper paperwork can serve to disqualify otherwise good work.
Ready to put this information to use? Think you've got the goods?

Check out the many (fan) tastic contest opportunities featured at Fanstory.Com today.
Each month you'll find at least 50 different competitions to enter.

Did I mention free?
Good luck!

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  1. I agree, contests can be a great way to gain exposure and income. Another perk is that even if you don't win, you have a polished piece ready (or ready to tailor) to submit to a publication. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!

  2. Jennifer Brown BanksNovember 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Good point, Karen! Thanks much.

  3. This is very timely as I have determined to enter more contests in 2013, and the exposure is definitely needed. And Karen, that's a great point about having a piece ready to submit.

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksDecember 20, 2012 at 7:38 AM

      Thanks, Marcie. Wishing you much luck!


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