I don’t keep it much of a secret that I am a big fan of writing contests. As Garrett Morris used to say on Saturday Night Live, “Contests been veddy veddy good to me.” Or something like that, anyway.

So the question isn’t whether I’m a contest proponent, but why. Let me explain the whys, and, if I convince you of their merit, stick around for a few whens, wheres, and hows.


1. Many contests provide a critique sheet. Before you publish that book, you need unbiased critical feedback. How good is your critique group? Can they really be unbiased? The contest critiquer can, and the critical analysis of your manuscript and its relative position against other contest entries is worth the price of admission, even if you don’t win. Of course, you should ask whether a critique of your submission is included before you enter, as not all of them provide critique sheets.

2. Many contests suffer from too few entries. Few have the opposite problem. So your chances to win, place, or show may be greater than you think.

You can read the rest of It’s No Contest at SkipJack Publishing. See you there!


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3 Responses to It’s No Contest

  1. I used to enter every contest, but not now.

    I’m too busy and nothing out there has interested me.

    How was Jamaica, Mon? Xx

  2. This is really exciting to learn about. I’m going to the other site to read more:)

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