Four or five years ago, I was one of the judges of a literary contest sponsored by a university. For once, all three of us agreed on the First Prize winner. He was utterly amazed that he'd won. In fact, he had so little confidence in his work, he'd not even entered the poem. As it turned out, his wife had entered it for him. So don't miss out! 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 http://poetrycontests.exactpages.com (you will need to scroll halfway down the page for the Tom Howard Contest) and http://shortstorycontest.0catch.com
An exclusive site for the Tom Howard Poetry Contest is http://tomhowardpoetry.bravepages.com
An alternative site for both contests: http://www.winningwriters.com (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 has been completed. Winners will be announced on schedule in my next Newsletter, 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. Subject andgenre are two things to check. For instance, it's probably no use submitting a story or a poem about life on a farm if no such entries have won prizes in the past.
You're also almost certainly throwing money away if your entry is set in a rural community and all the previous winning entries reflect urban or factory or industrial or big business values.
You'll note that on the other hand, Tom Howard winners are set everywhere!
As for genre, if you are submitting a sonnet, check if any previous winning or commended entries are sonnets.
You'll find that Tom Howard winners cover all genres!
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.
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 latest news on "A SALUTE TO SPANISH POETRY" at Amazon's Kindle store. Check it out! This deservedly super-popular, bestselling anthology currently ranks number 15 in Amazon's poetry anthology bestsellers, and number 11 in Continental European Poetry: A Salute to Spanish Poetry 100 Masterpieces from Spain and Latin America rendered into English verse