27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes February 16, 2015 By Kelly Gurnett 60 Comments

 

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When I was about 12, I saw an ad in a magazine for a poetry contest that sounded fancy and impressive, something like “International Library of Poetry.” I bled poetry at that age, so I crossed my fingers and sent in a poem I’d been slaving over for weeks.

And, lo and behold, the people behind the contest quickly wrote back to tell me my poem had been selected as a winner!

I was speechless with honor. Of the thousands of poets who must have submitted to the contest — no doubt many of them adults much wiser and more skilled than me — my poem had been chosen to be featured in an exclusive, hardcover anthology! And honored on a something-karat-gold plaque!

Of course, I had to pay $50 if I wanted to see my work in print in the anthology, and I had to pay another $100 if I wanted the plaque. Those were the only “prizes.”

Even as a pre-teen, I sensed a scam.

Sadly, not much has changed when it comes to companies trying to take advantage of writers who want a chance at recognition and maybe a little bit of money. Google the term “writing contests,” and you’ll come up with approximately 7.9 million results. It can be hard for a writer to know where to start looking for competitions, and how to tell if they’re legitimate or not.

So I’ve done the legwork for you.

Here are 27 reputable, well-reviewed, free writing contests for poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. Some legitimate contests do charge a small entry or “reading” fee, but often a fee can be a red flag for a scam, so you may want to stick to free writing contests — and there are certainly enough of them.

(read more)  http://thewritelife.com/27-free-writing-contests/#.jxtpfk:SSzY

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2 Responses to 27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes February 16, 2015 By Kelly Gurnett 60 Comments

  1. hhiggins428 says:

    This is extremely helpful! Thank you for taking the time to do the research and sharing it!

  2. eveculley says:

    No Problem. I post things that I find helpful to me. Glad it was helpful.

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