I’m a longtime fan of the Ink and Insights’ writing competition and it has little to do with being a judge. That’s part of it, but not the main draw for me. As a writer myself, I see what it brings to the writing competition landscape, and find many others hard to compare.
A writing competition shouldn’t just be about if you have an agent/publisher at the end of it. This is a huge element of course, and one that can make a writer’s mouth water. I myself flung my hat into the ring multiple times over the years.
Let’s consider if you don’t get agent/publisher interest from a writing competition. What does that mean for your story? Will you get feedback? Know how to better develop it? Get a sense of if you’re pushing the right genre, age category, etc? Probably not.
I have entered writing competitions and had…
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