John Howard Reid (a well-known author with over 50 years experience in writing and publishing) is Chief Judge of three annual literary events: The Tom Howard Short Story, Essay and Prose Contest, the Tom Howard Poetry Contest, and the Margaret Reid Prize for Traditional Verse. These long-established, prestigious writing competitions each offer cash prizes totally $5,350. In "Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS", John Reid tells every aspiring author how to achieve success. To research this book, he entered no less than eighty writing contests himself. His entries won prizes, or were short-listed, at least 27 times. That's better than a one-in-three success rate. "I would easily have achieved a one-in-two success rate if I had only entered the RIGHT contests," Reid declares. "I entered some of them merely to prove my theories or simply to obtain Judges' Reports." In this book, John Howard Reid will tell YOU how to select the RIGHT contests for YOUR essays,... More > short stories and poems.< Less
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By Tami Brady
Jun 14, 2010
Write Ways to Win Writing Contests, How to Join the Winners' Circle for Prose and Poetry Awards New Expanded Edition, is not a handbook geared towards how to write but rather gives the reader tips for preparing and submitting written manuscripts to enter writing competitions. This handy handbook will help the writer to recognize the mark of contests with prestige. Aside from helping the reader on how to find suitable contests and using pen names, etc, Write Ways to win Writing contests also gives tips on sure ways to get you manuscript rejected as well as quick ways to win the judge's attention and eye and get your manuscript accepted. Write Ways to Win Writing Contests is a must have for any writer who wants to enter and win writing contests. It is a well-written handbook and explains everything you'll need to know to win a writing contest.
"This New Edition Improves a Writers' Guide That Was Already One of the Best!" Not just a practical guide, this handbook provides a witty and entertaining look at the art of winning writing contests by an author who really knows his stuff. John Howard Reid has served as Chief Judge of the Tom Howard Short Story Contest for the past eighteen years; and for seven years, he also adjudicated the equally prestigious Tom Howard Poetry Contest as well as the Margaret Reid Prize for Traditional Verse. What John doesn't know about winning literary contests is not worth knowing. He's won plenty himself. He's also published fifteen novels and is a world-renowned expert on old Hollywood movies. However, this book is not designed to provide tuition in the art of writing stories, essays and poems. It is assumed that readers can already write more than competently and that what they now seek is success. And one of the paths to literary success, of course, is the ability to win major... More > literary competitions. "Write Ways To Win Writing Contests" provides strategies to this end, based on Reid's own personal experiences, both as a judge and as a competitor. If you are simply interested in doing your own thing, this book is not suitable for you. True, you do have a chance of success. It's possible your story or poem may appeal to the judge and you may end up as a winner. It's not unknown for a writer to suddenly come out of left field and win a major literary event. Unfortunately, 99% of winning left-fielders never manage to repeat their one literary triumph. This book is aimed at writers who want to increase their chances of success from around one in a hundred to at least one in four or five. Three of the main strategies I discovered for entering the winner's circle are: (1) Know the contest; (2) Know the judge; and (3) Know yourself. Knowing the contest means studying the poems, stories and essays that have won contest prizes in the past. Knowing the judge entails finding out all you can about the judge's own literary works and tastes. Knowing yourself, on the other hand, is difficult. It means, for example, not pinning all your hopes on just one entry but sending in as many as possible (or as many as are allowed). We are often, all of us, the worst judges of our own work. Time and again, I won prizes for entries I did not think highly of. For instance, a poem I tossed off in less than an hour won a major prize, whereas verses that I had struggled to polish and that had ultimately given me great personal satisfaction, were ignored. Perhaps the winning poem had a simplicity, a directness that appealed to the judge? Perhaps she thought my other entries too contrived?< Less
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