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Keys to Winning Writing Contests
By John Howard Reid   
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Last edited: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Both the $5,550 Poetry Contest and the $5,550 Prose Contest are currently open for entries. First Prize in both contests is $3,000.

The $5,550 Tom Howard Poetry Contest for Verse In All Styles and Genres is currently open but WILL CLOSE on September 30. Take my tip: Don't wait until the end of September. NOW is a good time to send in your entries. You can enter as many poems as you wish and there are NO LIMITS on length. 

You can even send us poems already published or that have won awards in other contests, so long as you can allow Winning Writers to publish your entry on their website if you win a cash prize.   

The $5,550 Tom Howard Short Story, Essay & Prose Contest is also now open for entries.

You'll find full details at respectively (you will need to scroll halfway down the page for the Tom Howard Contest) and

An exclusive site for the Tom Howard Poetry Contest is

An alternative site for both contests: (you will need to click the contest of your choice at the top right or top left).

Judging for the 2010 Tom Howard Short Story, Essay & Prose Contest is almost complete. Winners will be announced on schedule on September 15, 2010. 

Here are a few tips from my book, "Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS". Take a look at some of the entries that have won prizes in past years. Length and location are two things to check. For instance, it's probably no use submitting a story or a poem set in Ancient Rome or the Middle Ages if no such entries have won prizes in the past. 

You're also almost certainly throwing money away if your entry is set in Mexico or Canada or Germany and just about all the previous winning entries are firmly located within the USA. 

You'll note that on the other hand, Tom Howard winners are set all over the world!

As for length, ask yourself if the previous winning and commended entries fall very short of the maximum length. If the maximum length is 5,000 words and you are planning to submit 1,200, check to see if any entries of this length or less, have captured prize money. 

On the other hand, Tom Howard winners vary from 500 words to 5,000!  

Amazon have reduced the price of the new, expanded edition of my "Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS". The book has been completely revised, re-written and re-set. Despite all this, and an additional 20 pages of helpful text, the price has been lowered to only $12.50 officially, but Amazon at present have the book on sale for only $11.25!

Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How To Join the Winners' Circle for Prose and Poetry Awards, NEW EXPANDED EDITION

This book is also available in a Kindle edition. Please use this link: Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS

As for our anthologies of previous Winning and Highly Commended prose entries, please try WATCHING TIME: Anthology of Prizewinning Essays & Short Stories and also Mr Christian and the Bag Lady: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Stories and Keep Watching the Skies! An Anthology of Prize-Winning Short Stories. Even the title stories themselves sound mighty intriguing. 

I'd also recommend my own books, such as A Packet of Dreams or Micaela Morris in Jo's Heaven and Other Stories or A Mountain of Many Treasures: Prose Pieces by John Howard Reid

One of the advantages my own books hold is that they are also available in Kindle editions at these locations: Micaela Morris in Jo's Heaven and A Mountain of Many Treasures and also A Packet of Dreams . On the other hand, the anthologies of previous winning Tom Howard Contest entries will, alas, NEVER be available at Kindle because of copyright restrictions.

For Poetry, please try SAILING IN THE MIST OF TIME: 100 Award-Winning Poems or TRAVELING: An Anthology of Award-Winning Poetry

My own anthologies are ANYONE FOR LOVE? and Escape to Paradise and Other Poetic Fancies. The first is also available in a Kindle edition at Anyone for Love? (Poetry) for only $4.99 (including Amazon's $2 wireless delivery fee). Also in the Kindle store at the same price, I recommend A Salute to Spanish Poetry 100 Masterpieces from Spain and Latin America rendered into English verse

All subjects and genres are welcome for both our Prose and Poetry Contests. For the Prose Contest, for example, you may submit comic and humorous stories and essays, mystery, science fiction, romance and other genres. Even newspaper and magazine articles and interviews. And even one-act plays. The only restriction is that entries must not exceed 5,000 words.

The Tom Howard Poetry Contest is one of the very, very few poetry contests that impose NO RESTRICTIONS ON THE LENGTH OF YOUR POEMS. And you may also submit as many entries as you like!

Finally, to repeat my recommendation above, here's the regular printed edition link to a book of poetry that will not only inspire you but delight you: A Salute To Spanish Poetry: 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America rendered into English verse and it's also available, as noted above, in Amazon's Kindle store: A Salute to Spanish Poetry 100 Masterpieces from Spain and Latin America rendered into English verse

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/16/2010
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