Five days of better writing: Friday

Writers write, right? Here are five things you can do this week (with me) to become a better writer. And since big projects tend to scare (and excite, but mostly scare) me, we can take it day by day.

Friday: Being a good submitter is part of being a good writer. So this is the day that you vow to send a short story, essay, group of poems, or book query to a certain number of markets. Maybe you pledge to send to five places. Maybe ten. If you want to advance your writing career this week, you must make submissions. (Hint: Our Full Service is great for busy writers who want to submit but don’t have the time or patience with paperwork!)

Where to start? I guess I could Google all the short story/poetry competitions out there.

Okay, here goes: (This one looks easy, but it isn’t).

I, Annetjie, vow to submit at least one piece of creative writing to a publishing company/short story or poetry competition, at least once a month until the end of the year. So June to December I will write and submit something creative and send it off to the powers that be.

I also went online to find free writing competitions, and these are the ones I will enter:

Essay competition, deadline 15 June 2014

The Four Quarters Magazine essay competition, deadline 10 July 2014

Commonwealth Writing Competition, opens 1 October

The Commonwealth website also has other writing opportunities.

Here are some more free writing contests.

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” —Stephen King

 

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