On the flip side of being a contestant in a writing contest, I’ve also been a contest judge. I realized many of the challenges that those who run contests (and publishers) run into consistently.
First off, I admire anyone who takes the time to write and submit for a contest or publication. Whether it’s a short entry or novel-length, submitting work to be read (and judged) by someone else forces a big leap out of your comfort zone. Kudos for pushing yourself to submit!
My best advice for submitting to anyone at any time is: Make the most of your effort by following submission guidelines.
You’ve put a lot of effort into your story — you don’t want your story disqualified before anyone reads it, do you? Of course not!
We writers are a creative sort, but one area not to express our creativity is in tweaking the physical appearance…
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