Friday, March 8, 2013

Writing Contests

Put Your Short Story in the Spotlight!
Don't let your writing languish unappreciated in an archive folder or desk drawer. Open those files, dust off those pages, and enter the 82nd Annual Writing Competition.
If you write stories of non-formulaic fiction - stories that can't be classified as belonging to any particular genre - the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category is the one for you. Literary and mainstream fiction is often considered serious and thoughtful. But it's just as likely funny and surprising. So show us what kind of fiction you write and enter for a chance to WIN! 
No matter what you write, from nonfiction magazine articles to poetry, there's a category for that's right for you. In addition to Mainstream/Literary Short Story, you will find nine other options, including :
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Inspirational Writing
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children's/Young Adult Fiction 
Early Bird Deadline: May 6, 2013
Enter Now!

When you enter, you'll be eligible to win:
  • NEW! A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino
  • NEW! A one year subscription to Writer's Digest eBooks
  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • One on one attention with four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer's Digest Conference in New York City!
Early Bird Deadline:  May 6, 2013

You've already done the hardest part - writing - so enter the 82nd Annual Competition today and put your words in the spotlight!
Enter Now!
Upcoming Competitions:
Self-Published AwardsDeadline: April 1, 2013Enter Now!
Annual CompetitionDeadline: May 6, 2013Enter Now!
Popular Fiction CompetitionOpens June 2013Learn More
Short Short Story CompetitionOpens June 2013Learn More

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Self-Editing & Revision Tips

Shorten really loooong sentences. 

Make verbs stronger. As a general rule, "to be" verbs are weak: am, are, is, was, were, etc. Examples of strong verbs: argue, demand, coach, recommend, presume, tackle, break, sang, grow . . .

Eliminate unnecessary words. Example: He squinted his eyes as he looked up into the sky.

Ask yourself: What can be taken out of this sentence?

Answer: First, what else but his eyes would he squint? Second, we all know the sky is up, why state that?

Sentence rework: He squinted as he looked into the sky.

Remove extra backstory and too much explanation. Starting with a lot of backstory dulls the impact of your novel. Have faith in your readers--they do not need every minute detail to understand the story.

Show, don't tell. "Telling" versus "showing" is automatically seen as a beginner mistake.
Example: John was nervous as he asked Susan to go out on the date.

Ask yourself: How can I show John's nervousness?

Rewrite to show nervousness versus telling: John's face turned a brilliant shade of red as he approached Susan. His voice quivered, "Can I take you to dinner on Saturday?"

For more tips, preview Self-Editing & Revision: Straightforward Tips to Significantly Improve Your Writing >