Win that Contest

Win that Contest

Find Your Writing Niche:

Enter Contests to Win

Contests fascinate writers because they want to know where they fit among their peers. I have judged contests in the past and did it again this year. I like judging because:

  • I see how other writers incorporate in their books their wide knowledge on diverse topics, e.g., poets and their styles, Greek and Roman mythology, history from B.C. to the present.
  • I understand how important it is to follow the rules of the contest.
  • I learn where the weaknesses are in my books and how to strengthen them.

“How to Make the First Cut in a Writing Contest” by Sara Backer offers six tips at

“Contest Tip Sheet” offers tips from judges at

As a judge myself, I recommend entrants read these tips. You may very well end up in the winning column.





Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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