Ever wonder whether you should enter a writing contest? I entered one once and actually won. It was the prestigious Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators writing contest #31.
Did I win fame and fortune? No, but I did get my membership renewed, which was extremely valuable to me. That’s why I am going to recommend two writing contests that have deadlines coming up soon. I like writing contests that don’t charge a fee and potentially lead to publication.
Delacorte Press has a contest for a first young adult novel. Entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2009. They want manuscripts from authors who have not previously published young adult novels and will accept up to two submissions. Might be an incentive for getting your NaNoWriMo efforts ready.
Highlights Magazine 2010 Contest wants a fiction entry based on a true story from your family. Entries must be postmarked between January 1 and 31, 2010. See their guidelines for more details.
Good luck and let me know if you win!