$100, a fancy dinner in MY honor, drinks such as my favorite sparkling grape juice, karaoke, meeting military officers and government officials...
This was my first experience at winning writing contests. Here's how it happened.Here is a snippet of my winning essay.
It took seven tries
"Dean residence, this is Phillip" I answered picking up the phone.
"Hi Phillip, this is the VFW, and I have the pleasure of telling you that you won 1st place in the Patriot's Pen essay competition!"
Excitement rushed through me; I had won! My paper was an essay about "Why I Am an American Patriot." It was the seventh competition where I placed in the top three.
So how do you find a writing contest and what types of contests are possible? Here are some tips on where to look, the different kinds of contests, and ways to make your writing skills better.
Where to look
Looking for writing competitions is not nearly as difficult as it might seem. Start local. Many local competitions you enter are quite small, but if you win you are automatically entered in the next contest.
Each time you win you receive another prize. Whether it is a certificate, cash, or a trophy it will always be worth your work.
Local contests can be found in all types of places, for example, in:
As you click on each of the links above, you'll see that searching for contests is a breeze!
Types of writing contestsWho should enter?
After you have found a profitable source of competitive opportunities you need to choose what style of competition you want to enter.
An essay is a paper designed to inform, so the judges will be looking for facts and how you present them. Try not to state your opinion unless asked.
I suggest one of these websites:
- VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest
- A high school essay competition, such as Stuyvesant
- PrizeMagic writing competition (not just essays)
- PoeticPower essay contest (they also have poetry)
How to be a winner
After you find your competition and your style (one that fits you) what helpful tools can make you a winner?
- Follow the directions exactly.
- Hit the deadline.
- Stick to the subject.
- Send the correct entry fees if applicable.
- Follow the mailing directions.
I have some advice to share with you from two other winners...