Of late, I have been reading about quite a few writers who snagged an agent’s attention through a writing contest. Lucky for them I say. A few writers say that joining an online contest helped them in getting publishing deals or they signed up with an agent after their competition entry (query letter, sample pages) won a prize.
Even in India, a few writers have bagged book deals after winning short story contests. But most have remained just that: prize winners who have never written anything further. Sometimes I wonder whether the prize winning story was a flash in the pan (apologies for saying that, but that thought does cross my mind). Because many of the writers just disappear from the scene after their win.
But, not everyone can have the same writing journey or journey towards publishing. So far I have taken part in just one short story writing competition and won the critique’s prize for it. But, as I was already a published author, the win didnt help me in any way.
What is your take on writing contests? Do you think they help writers get noticed by editors, publishers and agents? Have you ever taken part in any contests? I would love to hear your views on this topic.