I do it because each week in my newsletter, Doing It Write, I include a contest. That means I have to find those contests. Sometimes someone will email to tell me about a contest they know of or perhaps sponsor. Most of the time, I search the internet.
I rarely know more about the contest than what I gather and tell my subscribers. My disclaimer is always:
Although I try to find contests, conferences, workshops, and other events that are legit and beneficial to writers, I can't guarantee anything. I always try to include a URL or other contact information so you can check them out and make your own decisions.Last night, as usual, I was searching for a new contest. I came upon one that I know about. Hell, I started it. Years ago, when I was on the Board of Directors for the Writers’ League of Texas, I came up with the idea of a writing contest. The next year I organized and ran the contest.
But that was several years ago. I don’t really know for sure how it’s run now, who the judges are, or what the entry categories are. I could have searched the League’s site and found out, of course, but I couldn’t get past the entry fee.
Fifty dollars. And there’s no monetary prize.
The winner of each category gets a free consult with an agent or editor at the League’s conference.
Back when we started the contest, the entry fee was $10 and all entries received a critique and the winners received a consult. Now the entrants receive a score sheet on their one page synopsis and the first ten double-spaced pages of their manuscript.
If you’re interested, click the embedded link because I don’t plan to put this one in Doing It Write.