Writing to Win

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About the author:
Moira Allen has been writing professionally for more than 30 years. She is the editor of Writing-World.com, one of the most popular sites for writers on the web. Allen has written for such publications as Writer's Digest, The Writer, and Byline -- and has published several books for writers. She is an experienced contest judge and has also won several awards for her books and articles, as well as honorable mentions for short fiction.

Writing to Win

The Colossal Guide to Writing Contests

Authored by Moira Allen

Thousands of dollars in prize money is given to writers every year through contests and competitions. Each year, hundreds of literary magazines, universities, memorial funds, and publications seek out the best of the best -- the best poetry, the best fiction, the best essays and memoirs, the best books, the best children's literature, the best scripts and screenplays.

And while winning cash is nice, winning a prestigious writing award can be an amazing boost to your writing career, perhaps even the entry ticket you need to get the attention of a publisher!

Don't let these opportunities slip away. Writing to Win brings you details of nearly 1600 writing competitions, with all the information you need to know to help you prepare and submit just what the judges are looking for. You could spend hundreds of hours tracking down this information yourself--but we've done all the hard work for you! So spend those hours crafting that perfect story, poem, or article -- and go forth and win! The completely updated 2012 edition has over 450 completely new listings!

Some Reviews:

...with the multitude of contests out there, where does one start their search? Moira Allen of Writing World has an answer with her book Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide to Writing Contests. Weighing in at 350 pages, this book provides hundreds of contests for every style and level of writing imaginable, from short story competitions for unpublished science fiction writers to literary awards for experienced novelists... The advice at the beginning is alone worth the price of entry, and the listings are user friendly and browseable, allowing the reader to discover contests they might not find if they were actively searching for what they thought they wanted. -- Sean McLachlan, author [review of the 2010 edition]

I have yet to find an online compendium of writing contests that compares to the one compiled by Ms. Allen. Because its listing are organized by writing type (poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, books, scripts and screenplays) and also by deadline (so that the author knows when to submit her work), Writing to Win is easy to use. And, with over 300 pages of listings, the book is probably as close to comprehensive as any resource like this can be.... it [also] offers plenty of good advice about how to prepare a story for submission as well pointers on how to determine whether a competition is legitimate or not. If you are at all interested in entering writing competitions, then I recommend this book. --Elle Scott, "Writing for Newbies" [Review of the 2010 edition]

"Awesome! A steal!" - Wendy Burt-Thomas, author of The Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters

Publication Date:
1470025825 / 9781470025823
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Language Arts & Disciplines / Publishing

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