No Fee Contest/Cash Prize: Is this for real?

No Fee Contest/Cash Prize: Is this for real?

Two phrases together often catch a writer’s attention.  No Fee and Cash Prize!  That’s exactly what you’ll find at HRW’s 8th Annual Writers Conference. Attendees have the opportunity to submit in three categories: poetry; fiction; and nonfiction. Each category pays cash prizes. And did I mention there is no fee to submit?

Here’s what you’ll receive in each of the three categories when you win:

First Place — $500

Second Place  — $250

Third Place — $100

Honorable Mention — $75 tuition break at HRW’s 2017 Writers Conference

While HRW has created an affordable, information-rich conference that appeals to all levels of writing experience, the no fee, cash prize writing contests reflect HRW’s desire to encourage emerging writers. Attendees are encouraged to submit to all three categories, but in an effort to encourage emerging writers, first place winners of any of HRW’s previous contests are ineligible to enter work into the contest category for which they previously were awarded first prize.

When it comes to submitting here are a couple of suggestions to make the most of your submission:

1) Look at the submission guidelines. Not only do they tell you the format and word count but also the submission deadline. Every competition has guidelines and without exception you must submit accordingly or your submission will be immediately disqualified from the running.

2) Once you have selected your categories, research the particular judges for each section. They have been selected because of their skilled ability to evaluate their category submissions. It is worth your time to see what they write, where their work has been published, and what subjects they’re passionate about.  I’m not sharing this to sway your topic.  However, you will benefit and possibly increase your chances of winning contests anytime you can adapt, remove barriers, and make it as easy as possible for the judges to evaluate your work.

Even if you don’t win any of the cash prizes or the conference credit for an Honorable Mention, each judge is requested to share their observations about your piece. You’ll get valuable feedback from a professional about where and how you can strengthen the writing, something that under normal conditions would require payment.

For more tips on writing competitions visit  http://www.dailywritingtips.com/20-tips-for-winning-writing-contests/.


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Sherrie Pilkington, a co-founder of Hampton Roads Writers, serves on its advisory board. She’s a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and writer of nonfiction.

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National Poetry Month is here!

National Poetry Month is here!

National Poetry Month takes place in April of every year. Founded by the Academy of American Poets, the month is focused on promoting visibility for poetry and giving poetry lovers a chance to highlight this art form.

The NaPoMo Challenge

During National Poetry Month, affectionately shortened to NaPoMo, lots of writers take up the challenge to write a poem a day for the entire month. There are various websites offering prompts and ideas to get you writing.

It might sound impossible to write one poem a day for 30 days, but keep in mind that not all of these poems have to be epics. Writing a simple haiku or an American Sentence satisfies the requirements.

A Celebration of Poetry

Poets and readers alike can help celebrate National Poetry Month by attending poetry readings and events, purchasing chap book, and published poetry, as well as showing up and supporting local artists.

If you’re interested in attending a poetry event in Hampton Roads, check out The Good Word Blog.

Party with Poetry

This is a great time to try out poetry for the first time or practice your skill set. The challenges are open to anyone, no matter their level of expertise. So sign up, enjoy, and have fun!