My friend and I are aspiring writers (playwrights in particular) in college. We were wondering if you can suggest any scholarships, contests, awards, places of recognition, showcases/festivals, or anything similar where we can submit our work. We live in Florida, if that helps.
Also, if you know of any person or group that doesn’t necessarily provide an award or recognition but that does offer feedback and criticism for writers, that would help us too.
Following is information on writing contests for college students and others.
In no particular order of what is best . . .
The StageOfLife.com web site has a section on College, where they post notices of monthly writing contests for college students:
This is the link to the info on June 2012 deadline contests:
The publication Writer’s Digest web pages list writing contests:
This web page lists a number of writing competitions:
This web page has information and links on writing competitions:
Your local public library or campus library probably holds some printed directories of literary prizes (contests.) The subject headings to use to find them in the library online catalog:
Literature — Competitions — Directories.
Literature — Authorship — Competitions.
Literary prizes — Directories
To give you a start, your library may hold this publication with information on writing competitions:
Title: Writing to win: the world’s largest guide to writing contests
Author: Moira Anderson Allen
Publisher: Vinegar Hill Press: Creative Space. 2012
The publication Writer’s Market comes out annually. Become familiar with it. Your library should hold a copy or you may wish to purchase your own.
The library may also subscribe to the electronic database Literature Resource Center (Gale Cengage Pub.) Go to the library and ask a reference librarian for instruction on how to use and search the database and find out how you can access/search the database from home. The word “contests” will be one of the search terms you should use with the database. Most of the search results will be full-text articles, some with information on writing contests/competitions/literary prizes.
The publication Poets & Writer’s Magazine prints an annual list of writing competitions in the January issue. Check with your local public library and/or campus library to find the Jan. 2012 issue. Or, if the library doesn’t subscribe to the periodical, request a photocopy of the Jan. 2012 article through InterLibrary Loan at your library:
“Submission Calendar,” Poets & Writers Magazine. 40.1 (January-February 2012): p120+.
That should be enough to get you going.
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