Well we accept it. Maybe you can’t make a living out of this way but some writing contests have hefty prize money, up to about $2500 and that isn’t a joke! No sir! There are thousands of online contests running every day and a good percentage of them are to do with writing! Short stories, poems, articles, almost every branch of writing is being glorified by means of contests. It is a great way to come into the notice of established authors, who may then ask you to ghost write for them! Do not gasp and feign ignorance. You know it happens. Or better still you may grab the attention of a hot shot publishing company! That can proceed to offer you a cushy three book deal! Even if none of these pleasant day dreams materialize, you can always be happy with the easy money you managed to make!
MAIN ATTRIBUTE: Duh…silly writing obviously! And this time around you actually need to be pretty good at your craft! Quality is paramount because you will be competing against a lot of talented writers.
There is no “HOW TO DO IT” here! You just have to take go the plodder’s way- time out, scour the net and enter the various writing competitions. Keep your eyes open for scams. The best thing to do is apply to only those competitions which are running for a couple of years. This way the chances of you getting duped decrease exponentially!
Toe the deadlines, write a killer piece and then wait for the results. If you do not win the first time around, there is no reason to be disappointed. You have a lot of options around you and if you try hard enough by the law of averages, you are bound to click!
This particular site is quite well known and you can earn a good bit of money just by getting published which eases the situation considerably. Only one writer can win but many can get published together.