IWSG # 9 — How About a Contest?

This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.


I’ve been having too much fun over the season to think about writing failures, lack of published works, or insecurity.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been writing. Working on my Nano project and adding words every day. Submitting when allowed and carrying on as if all is well.

I did get a favorable mention from the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest and will get a certificate for my wall of fame. I’ll almost do anything to make myself feel special. Don’t judge me. Use my idea and keep a record of your success. It can be very important on gloomy not-so-secure days.

If you want to try the contest here’s some info for you. First, its free. Second, you need to be pretty new in the field of writing. So if you still consider yourself a new writer and write fantasy or scifi then go the link above to check out the rules. The reason I encourage you to try is simple. You’ll get exposure. You may win a great prize.

Like what you ask? Try $5000 on for size. That’s right 5000 bucks. That’s the grand prize for the year, andΒ  I did mention its free?

I wish you luck. I’ve tried twice. I know. That’s the sad part. Not that I lost, but that I still qualify. But it is also the good news, because I still have a shot at the winnings. If I’m going to lose I’d rather it be to someone I know. Brush off your work and get submitting. Hope to see you round the winning circle.

Next time’s the charm. πŸ™‚

108 responses to “IWSG # 9 — How About a Contest?

  1. Congrats on your results in the contest! FREE to enter is amazing. Good luck with completing your NANO project. What genre? Happy New Year!

    • Thanks. I feel pretty special and can’t wait for my certificate.

      The Nano project was going to be paranormal, but has made a turn towards… I’m not sure.

      It’s about the turbulence a family endures when a grandmother has lost her child to drug abuse and is frightened that her granddaughter is following her mother’s footsteps.

  2. Congrats on the mention and I don’t think it is silly at all to recognize your successes no matter how big or small they are, they all count!

  3. Congratulations on the mention! That’s awesome. Good luck with your NaNo project.

  4. No judgments here. It’s a good idea to praise yourself when you are doing well and looking back when you are feeling like you aren’t doing well. Congrats on the mention (:

  5. I tried so many contests in the past–never won. It became disheartening. Now I just talk to my writers group.

  6. Congrats! Good luck to all who try the contest.

  7. Hey, a favorable mention still puts you up there with other good writers. Congratulations. The contest sounds intriguing, but I’m not sure I’m cut out for short stories. I’ll keep it in mind, though.

  8. Very cool link. I looked at this one a few years ago, I think. At the time I really stank at writing short stories and could only get my head around novels. These days I’m the total opposite. What I wouldn’t give to have a working time machine. (Again.) Congrats on the mention! Way to go!

  9. wow, and there’s no entry fee… contests are so subjective though, what gets me the most is not that I never win, but I almost never like the winning entries, which makes me think that I’m obviously clueless as to what is a winning story and what is not … which is probably why I never win, hehe … happy new year Anna!! πŸ™‚

  10. I’ve done contest before. They’re great learning platforms. Don’t know it I’m up for another one. Pretty cool that you’ve done so well. It gives a boost in confidence. Thanks for the links. πŸ™‚
    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  11. Congrats on your favorable mention! That’s definitely something to celebrate. Thanks for the contest link. I’ll go check it out. Good luck with your writing projects in 2015!

  12. Congrats! That is something to be proud of. We should celebrate every success (even tiny ones) to the fullest because they don’t come every day. Thanks for sharing the link. I’m going to check it out.

  13. Anna,
    Congrats on the award. Keep trucking girl. And thanks for the tip on the contest. I too (sadly) still qualify. And I’ve been writing for many years – although only seriously this past few months. I’ve decided to really try and either I will make it or not. That’s what matters, I think.
    Blessed be, Anne

  14. Em, how did I NOT know about that honorable mention?!?!?!? Holy Schnitz, woman! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m not new enough for them, so poo poo. Best of luck to all those attempting this year, though!


  15. Congrats on the award! That’s one way to start the year right. Good for you!

    A FREE contest? Cool! Will check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Love this post. I’m just like you–will do anything to make myself feel good and motivated. Even a printed letter to the editor makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something! ;). Thanks for visiting my blog. Wishing you great accomplishments in 2015. And believe it or not…sometimes the journey is more fun than ‘being’ there!

  17. I like your quote “Next time is the charm.” A great to look at it. I keep a submission log and even though there are several more rejections, I see the progress in my work, the courage to submit and feel success in those moments, too. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  18. Congrats on the mention! I’m not sure if indie writers still qualify for the contest.

  19. I’ll definitely check out that contest!
    Any achievement is worth celebrating — and Honorable Mention is nothing to scoff at!

  20. Happy IWSG day! Commenting through Facebook. Sometimes it’s a hassle making comments through my Blogger account. Congrats on the mention! And best of luck on your NaNo project.

  21. You know, that is a really good idea! I’m definitely going to keep track of my successes=)

  22. That’s Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  23. Hi Anna, wow, congrats on getting so many comments on your blog! Wow!! As to your post, next time IS the charm. I’m sure you have a win in your near future so keep trying. As they say, the only difference between winners and losers, is the winners never give up!! πŸ™‚ p.s. thanks for the info about the contest

  24. Not silly at all! Writers don’t get much positive feedback, so all achievements should be celebrated. Congratulations on your mention! IMO, contests are an underutilized way of getting your work noticed. My soon-to-be-published manuscript first ended up in front of an acquiring editor because of a contest.

    Well done, Anna!
    VR Barkowski

  25. Nothing wrong with visual reminders–we all need that!

  26. Great to hear you are submitting for contests. You can’t win unless you enter. Good luck getting your nano novel into shape.

  27. Congrats on your win! It’s rare that a contest is free. I’ll have to check it out. I love that you have a “wall of fame.” I keep a “good news” file on my computer where I put any positive strokes or good things that happen along the way. It keeps you from getting the rejection blues. πŸ™‚

  28. I love the idea of a wall of honor. Congrats!!

  29. Congrats on the favorable mention. Keep up the great work.

  30. Way to go on the mention and certificate. Certificates are fun, no judgement here. πŸ™‚

    If only I wrote fantasy or sci-fi. Shucks!

  31. Congratulations. Thanks for the advice. I have enter two so far, but no wins yet. I will check out the info. Have a great year.
    Juneta at Writer’s Gambit

  32. Wow congratulations on the favorable mention! That is super cool. And also thanks for sharing the link, I’m going to share it with a few sci-fi friends πŸ™‚

  33. Three Cheers for your honorable mention. And you’ll get no judgment from me. That’s a great idea to have your accomplisments near as a tangible source of your work paying off, no matter the size of the pay off. Have a wonderful year.

  34. wow, that’s an impressive contest with a prize that size and being free to enter. There aren’t a lot of those around!

  35. jenniferbielman

    Congrats on the mention. That’s great.

  36. Congratulations on your mention and certificate! That’s nothing to scoff at. Have a great year, and keep entering!

  37. Unfortunately I’m not a new writer, but any contest that is free is a good one.

  38. Look at all your comments on this. Great connection. Thanks for spreading the word about a writing contest. Enjoy all your successes in the new year!
    Play off the Page

  39. That competition sounds like a great opportunity for fantasy/sci-fi writers.
    Congrats on your mention and cerificate, Anna! πŸ˜€
    Chat with you soon!

  40. Wow! $5000 bucks! For that I’ll dust off my old stories and see what I can find! Look out, here I come!

  41. Congratulations on the mention! Keep up the good work.

  42. Congratulations on the mention, awesomeness! You are so right any little thing or big thing like a mention can lift our spirits on an insecurity filled day. That is an awesome contest, I wish I qualified.

  43. That’s fantastic! Keep at it. I keep all the anthologies I’m published in within eye sight for those less-secure days. It really helps, doesn’t it?

  44. Congratulations on your favorable mention! I can imagine there must be tons of entrants to this contest so I think that is an awesome achievement. And you have a great idea for gloomy days, thanks for the reminder.

    Thanks too for coming by my blog – I’m so glad to meet you!

  45. Congrats. It’s always nice to get some recognition. I always look back to my awards and accomplishments to give myself a boost.

  46. Congratulations on the award, Anna! And thank you for mentioning this. I’ll definitely check it out! Thanks so much for visiting my IWSG post and commenting! I wish you the best in your writing (and adding to your wall of fame) in 2015!!


  47. A favorable mention and a certificate is awesome! Best of luck!

  48. I LIKE that idea, counting the successes instead of the non-successes. Thank you for that. I think I’ll give it a try. Happy New Year! Lisa @ celticadlx.blogspot.com

  49. Ooh, I might just have to look into this!

  50. Congratulations on the award! They all count, no matter how big or small. And good luck with the contest! πŸ™‚

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