If you want to become a better writer, you need to practice deliberately, and one of the best ways to practice writing deliberately is by submitting your work for publication. Submitting acts as a kind of test of your writing skills, and studies have shown that people improve at a skill faster when they’re tested.

I know submitting can be scary. You feel vulnerable, like all your insecurities and flaws are exposed. However, if you want to get published, you need to learn to submit your work, and not just when it’s perfect.

Today, you can make a breakthrough in your writing. You just need to submit your work.

Let's Write a Short Story Contest

Test Yourself

For the next ten days, we’ll be hosting a contest for writers who want to put their short story writing skills to the test. At the end, we will choose the best short story as the winner. If you’d like to get a sense of what we’re looking for, get a copy of the book Let’s Write a Short Story.

If your piece is cho­sen, you will receive the following:

At the end of the month, we’ll publish your edited piece on the Write Practice where hun­dreds of peo­ple will get to read you at your very best. For example, read last month’s win­ner, Doc O’Connor’s Relay.

It gets better, though. In the next few months, we plan to collect all of these pieces and pub­lish them in a book. Real paper, real cover, real ink. So if your piece is cho­sen, you will be able to con­sider your­self a published author.

Ready to get started? For rules and details see this page: Let’s Write a Short Story Contest.

The Last Contest Of the Year

For the last year, we have been hosting the Show Off Writing Contest, where once a month, you can put your skills to the test. This will be the last writing contest we host this year.

If you’re inter­ested in being published (in print)? If you would like to get bet­ter at the writ­ing craft by work­ing with an edi­tor? Do you enjoy a lit­tle friendly com­pe­ti­tion? If you want to win an Amazon gift card and a couple of free books?

Then this contest might be for you.

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