Since you’re sitting down daily to write your memoirs—you are, right?—you might as well try to score some prize money for your trouble. We like to periodically list legitimate writing contests so you can challenge yourself to grow and continue to improve your writing. To keep you busy throughout the remaining months of 2011, Writer’s Digest offers a variety of competitions targeting different writing styles. They include:
- Script. If you want to write a screenplay, here’s your chance to show your creative potential and win not only a monetary prize but also mentoring sessions with a bona fide Hollywood screenwriter.
- Short story. Writer’s Digest posts a new topic every month; stories must be 750 words or fewer. In a separate short story competition, the limit is 1,500 words.
- Your genre of choice—horror, thriller, science fiction, romance, crime or young adult fiction. There’s a contest for each of those.
- Poetry. If you’re a poet, you know it!
In November, Writer’s Digest will open two more: its Annual Writing Competition for 2012 and its next International Self-Published Book Awards program. These two competitions comprise many categories and offer multiple prizes. To compete in the Self-Published Book Awards, of course, you need to have published a book. Please check our “Publish My Book” page for details on how we can help you do that at a very affordable price!