5 Competitions that will spark your exciting writing career

When I tell someone that I write for a living, mostly they give me a quizzical expression. The look is a subtle combination of respect, and pity. Quite aptly so! A career in writing, while endlessly rewarding to the pursuant, is a difficult one to break in to. There are times when it seems impossible to stick on with, and a little support seems to go a long way. In my personal experience, competitions seemed to have provided me just the right motivation I needed to egg on in my writing career. This is a list of some of the most engaging literary competitions that aspiring writers can participate in, and benefit from:

Amazon KDP Pen to Publish Contest

Amazon KDP launched this new contest this year. The contest started on 25th July 2017, and is open till the 10th of November. The winner is being offered INR 10 lakhs in cash prize, a print publishing deal with Westland, royalty from the e-book, and mentorship of the best-selling author, Chetan Bhagat. Only India, Australia, Canada, UK and USA citizens, of 18 years and above, are eligible, and the mandated language of entry is English. 

For those writers, who are already comfortable with self-publication, or are contemplating the idea, this is a fantastic opportunity to try and get your names out in the publishing fraternity.

Read details of the contest here

Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions

Writer’s Digest holds a mega Annual Writing competition. But, they have closed entries for 2017 already. But, there are always contests open for different genres for those interested. For example, for the rest of 2017, they have a Short Story competition, a Poetry competition, a Popular Fiction Award, and a Self-Published e-book award still open for entries. Most of their competitions have a cash reward, and an entry fee.

Read details of their different contests here

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Only citizens of Commonwealth Nations are eligible for this competition. The competition has free entry, and will accept entries between Sep 1-Nov 1, 2017. This even accepts stories translated from original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil languages. But, the language of the entry must be English. Other than the prize money of £5000, the platform promises exposure to a global audience. There are region wise prizes too, and the total cumulative prize money on offer in £15000. 

Read details of the contest here

MsLexia Women’s Novel Competition 

This is exclusively for unpublished (or self-published) women authors. The competition has a £25 entry fee per novel, and the work must be at least 50,000 words to qualify. Authors are needed to submit the first 5000 words of the novel, on or before 18th September 2017. The top prize is £5000.

Read details of the contest here

ToI Write India Contest

Times of India introduced Write India contest last year, and it was a running success. This is a mentor driven, prompt based, short story competition, for multiple months around the year. This year, the list of mentors is phenomenal: from Jeffrey Archer to Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, every name is a bigwig in the world of literature. This month, for example, Ruskin Bond has given the prompt of his choice. Check it out, you will definitely find a prompt that inspires your writing cells.

Read details of the contest here









About Anumita Ghosh

Anumita believes her calling has to do with the written words. She loves to write and read, and has recently given up a(n) (almost) rocking career in the Corporate to pursue her passion. Yes, she is slightly off her rocker, but then the society has been largely accepting of her madness. She is the co-founder of Blank Slate Chronicles and a struggling domestic apprentice, not to mention a loving (yet inadequately skilled) mother to a toddler.

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