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Writing Contest!

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2013 Frontiers in Writing Contest

Now open for entries

 For one low entry fee you can now enter multiple categories

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in EVERY category.

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Entry rules, procedures and format regulations are listed on the FiW Writing Contest page

Download FiW entry Application and mail along with your entry.

Entry fees can be check or Money order, or pay online using “Payments” on the PPW website.

Sponsored by the Panhandle Professional Writers


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It costs money; why should I enter? What benefit will a contest be for my writing and me? I’m not good enough so I’ll never win.

Those who are looking at entering writing contests frequently express these statements and questions. I know, I’ve asked most of them myself.

Having entered my share of writing contests let me offer some positive benefits from my personal experience.

1.Training for working with deadlines – Contests give a writer the opportunity to work under a deadline. Most contests will have strict dates for submitting an entry. This is good conditioning for working with agents, editors, and publishers who will place deadlines on your writing.

2.Provides automatic platform – A platform is your audience, those who will read your work. While your mother and “BFF” will gladly volunteer readership, contest judges can provide you with an unbiased and anonymous audience for your writing. And who knows, the judge may be an agent, editor or publisher.

3.Gain feedback – One of the most valuable benefits of a writing contest is the critique. To have the judge’s comments noting any mistakes, suggestions for improvement and yes, even praise can help improve your writing.

4.Build your portfolio – Writing contests are a perfect way to build your portfolio. When seeking an agent or publisher, a few writing clips, accomplishments and certificates may be the edge you need to seal the deal.

5.Increase your confidence – Entering a contest gives a writer the opportunity to gain confidence in their writing. Have you ever written something only to tear it up or hide it in a drawer? Have you ever said, “I could never write well enough to be published!” A writing contest provides an inexpensive way to test the waters of being an author.

6.Avoid scam contests – As with most everything, there are people who take advantage of others. Before entering a contest, research the person or organization holding the contest and make sure they are legitimate. There are a few contests that are no more than book selling scams. When your entry wins, it is accepted for publication in an anthology, with all of the other first place winners, then you must pay an outrageous price to obtain a copy.

Rory C. Keel


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10 Blogs for Writers Plus a Bonus

I thought I might pass on links to some of my favorite blogs.  So, I’ve assembled a list of 10, plus a bonus blog, because I just couldn’t stop at 10.

These blogs offer advice and tips from editors, agents and writers on all aspects of the writing life.  Some include writing prompts from time to time, for those days when you just can’t seem to get started.  A couple of these blogs are genre-specific and might not interest everyone.

I’ve picked these up from friends on facebook, from Writer’s Digest lists and from recommendations by fellow writers.  One of them, called Write News is news on the latest issues and advances in the areas of marketing, publishing  and copyright.  I look to Grammar Book for help with issues of grammar and usage that often plague even the best of us.

The bonus blog is one I think should be an essential for a every writer.  It’s maintained by the Science Fiction Writers Association, but is devoted to helping new writers and well-published writers alike avoid getting scammed.

Enjoy surfing through these sites and comment on the ones you liked.  Either click on the link or copy and paste in your browser.











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These are only a small sample of the excellent blogs out there for writers.  Do you have a favorite I’ve missed, or a blog of your own on writing?  Tell us about it, please.


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