We all know that being a writer is a fascinating and well-paid job (just kidding, it’s not). But also the most encouraging authors were once conspicuous young people trying to break into the learned scene. If you’re young, scrappy, hungry and excited about writing, you might want to think entering a writing contest. You can hone your skills, get used to giving your work, and maybe even win many thousand dollars in the process. Here are a few of the best literary contests for every young writer to enter.
If you’re a teen with an unknown novel, a college grad with a blog full of political essays, or just a young-ish person with a keyboard and a dream, there’s a contest out there for you. I suggest, positive, composing documents and expressing them off into the night is all well and good, but presenting to a contest is usually a guarantee that someone, somewhere, will at the least read what you wrote. And the best example situation, you walk away as a proclaimed author with a bunch of cash.
Indeed if you don’t win each competition you enter, taking to love dismissal is just part of the fascinating and fast-paced life of a professional writer. So check out these bookish contests that are excellent for budding authors:
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Young Lions Fiction Award
The New Voices Award Writing Contest
The Kindle Scout Writing Competition
The Writers of the Future Contest
The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize
Real Simple’s Life Lessons Essay Contest
The Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition