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Contests: No Entry Fee Required!

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   8 Comments | Posted in contests
Interested in seeing your work published in a national magazine but unable to break into the market? Try stepping in through the back door. Win a contest!
Many national magazines offer writing contests that offer cash prizes and possible publication. Even if you don’t win or place, you’re still ahead of the game. After all, you’ll have a polished story, submission-ready for another market.
Check out these short story contests, but hurry. The deadlines are coming up fast:
  • Good Housekeeping:  The winner receives $3,000.00 and possible publication in the May 2012 issue. Two runners up will be awarded $750.00 each and possible publication. Not too shabby. Go HERE for guidelines.
  •  Family Circle:  The winner receives $750.00 and other prizes worth a total of $1,562.00, as well as possible publication. Also, you may enter two separate short stories for consideration. That’s something you don’t see very often. There will be three runners up who will also receive cash and prizes. Go HERE for guidelines.
Did I mention that neither of these contests require an entry fee? That’s right, buttercup. They don’t want your money, just your brilliant tales of fiction.
So what are you waiting for? Polish up your best short stories and send them in. Someone has to win. Why not you or me?
Good luck!
See you back here for Book Blurb Friday!

8 Responses to "Contests: No Entry Fee Required!"

  1. Comment by Anonymous
    August 17, 2011 at 8:00 am  

    Thanks for the great info. Will check it out. Hope you win. Arkansas Patti

  2. Comment by Cactus Country
    August 17, 2011 at 9:16 am  

    Great information. Also, some of the contests pay way more than you'd receive for your writing had you sold it.

  3. Comment by Jules
    August 17, 2011 at 9:46 am  

    Wow, I was looking for a back door the other day, Thanks! 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. Comment by irishoma
    August 17, 2011 at 11:20 am  

    Thanks for the reminder, Lisa.Guess I better get moving.Donna

  5. Comment by Ann Best
    August 17, 2011 at 11:35 am  

    Wow! Great links, Lisa. I'm glad I came over here today. I only try the free contests, and there are very few of them around.Thanks for the post!Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

  6. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    August 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm  

    Cool … I'll take a look!

  7. Comment by June Freaking Cleaver
    August 18, 2011 at 12:34 am  

    The GH theme is pretty vague – a theme related to women. I think they should have included "who read Good Housekeeping".The few stories I have that are half-finished may be too sick and twisted for these contests.My first task is to look at the stories that won last year, to get an idea of what they want…I'm thinking the stories will be more hopeful than what I usually write.

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 18, 2011 at 11:30 am  

    Patti – Thanks!Cactus Country – You're so right. Many times the contest wins pay much more than a straight sale.Jules – Happy to help! :)Donna – Good luck!Ann – Other than Writer's Digest, the most I've paid to enter a contest is $7.00. A writer could spend a lot of money entering contests—it is best to be choosy and look for the freebies!Kathy – You ought to give it a try. :)June – It is a vague theme—you're right! And you bring up a great point: Know your market! If your stuff is sick and twisted in a Stephen King kind of way, check out the horror markets on my "Paying Markets" page.

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