TODAY our community, Becoming Writer, became a year old. Becoming Writer is a membership community that turns aspiring writers into daily writers, and I’m so excited that we’ve reached our first anniversary.
We wanted to do something awesome to celebrate, and so today, we’re announcing a new writing contest, which we’re hosting jointly with Short Fiction Break. The top story will win a $300 cash prize, and the two runners-up will get $100 each.
This isn’t your average writing contest, though. Read on for the details or sign up for the writing contest here.
A Different Writing Contest Experience
This will be the fourth writing contest we’ve hosted this year, and the reason we keep doing them is because we’ve found they are amazing practice.
When I talk to writers, they tell me their biggest struggle is almost always finishing their projects. They don’t have a hard time coming up with great ideas, but actually getting those ideas down in finished form is an almost insurmountable challenge.
This is why writing contests can be so helpful. They give us a deadline, a prize to motivate us, and a fear of missing out if we procrastinate too long.
However, what makes our writing contests so unique is that you don’t just turn in your story, you get to workshop it and get feedback on it from an amazing community of other writers. No other writing contests (that I know of) offer this kind of feedback.
Plus, we partner with literary magazines, like Short Fiction Break, to make sure that EVERY writer who enters gets published . Which means that even if you don’t win the main prize, you won’t be wasting your time. You’ll grow as a writer and have a published story to show for it at the end.
That means this experience is less about picking winners and losers and more about helping you grow as a writer.
What Writers Are Saying About These Writing Contests
Since hosting our first contest like this early this year, I’ve been surprised at how life changing people find them to be.
“I found the entire experience to be invaluable,” said Loretta. “My writing improved faster in one week than a whole year’s worth of studying.”
“Just to have my work published somewhere, and to be able to point people to it is great for me as a writer,” said Michelle.
“It motivated me to start writing,” said Jodi, “and taught me how to do it with an amazing community of writers.”
“It’s a safe place to fail, and the feedback lets me turn my failures into success and craft a better piece of writing,” said another writer.
“Thank you so much, Joe, for providing this platform where we can participate and glean support and constructive criticism on our writing,” said Cindy.
I’ve heard similar things from dozens of other writers. In short, these writing contests change lives. They help people turn their desire to write into a writing habit.
How to Enter the Writing Contest
To enter the Anniversary Writing Contest, we ask to write a new story up to 1,500 words long based on the contest theme, Creatives: your story’s main character must be a creative—they may be a writer, a painter, or a poet, but they must be some kind of a creative.
After you finish your story, you will get a chance to workshop it within the Becoming Writer community, getting personalized feedback to help you make your story better.
After making your story as good as it can be based on the feedback you received, you can submit your story to our contest judges from Short Fiction Break.
The esteemed judges will then choose two runners-up, who will each win a $100 cash prize, and one grand prize winning story, that will win $300 and featured publication here on The Write Practice.
But the twist is that ALL the writers who submit a story to the contest, not just the winning story, will be published by Short Fiction Break if they choose. This is your chance to show off your best work and get the exposure you deserve.
I hope you’ll join us!