We have already touched upon the importance of entering writing competitions with a view towards carving a niche for ourselves in the literary world.
So, what are the best literary competitions that we might wish to enter in the year 2018?
Let’s take a look!
The Top Ten Writing Competitions In 2018
The Glimmer Train Contest. The word count for this is 12000 words. Open to all writers the world over, this contest touches on the genres of fiction and the short story.
This one is one of the most highly coveted fiction contests in the world.
It features prominent guests and sheds light on new and exciting fiction authors every year.
The James Laughlin Award
This one’s for all you poets out there. If you have a second book of poetry that is forthcoming, you really want to submit it here. The winner will receive a whopping sum of $5000, along with an all-paid weeklong residency in Miami, Florida.
The Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest
Here, both previously published as well as unpublished, works are eligible to submit. They want the work to be ‘thoughtful, beautiful and intelligent’.
The Marfield Prize
This one’s a veritable biggie for all you nonfiction writers. It offers a sum of $10000 for an outstanding nonfiction work that is based on the visual, literary or performing arts.
The only thing here is, the books need to be originally published in the United States in the current calendar year.
The 2018 Inkitt Writing Competition
Touted as the ‘world’s first reader-powered book publisher’, this publishing house has helped authors produce more than 30 bestsellers on Amazon.
The winner gets a publishing deal along with a dedicated marketing team, aside from professional editing and royalties.
The Philip Levine Prize For Poetry
Another great competition for you poetry writers out there, this one offers $2000, along with publication by Anhinga Press.
The judge is Peter Everwine. Make sure you read the complete guidelines on the website for this great prize.
Ron L. Hubbard’s Writers Of The Future Contest
This is a great opportunity for all those new writers of science fiction and even fantasy, to showcase their work in the hopes that it will be recognized for an award and get discovered by the audience they are so earnestly looking to garner.
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
If you’re writing on the sensitive subject of racism, this is a great award competition that you can enter. The generous $10000 award is meted out through the Anisfield-Wolf fund and the awards are given for works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
The National YoungArts Foundation
This one seeks to find and nurture the most accomplished young artists there are in the visual literary and performing arts.
Here you can submit novels, non-fiction, poetry and even plays.
The YoungArts winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.