As an unpublished writer one of the best things you could ever do for your manuscript is to run it through a few contests before pitching it to literary agents and publisher.
Because, depending on how far your MS goes it will have been seen by a professional’s eyes and hopefully given feedback if it wasn’t good enough.
It is better to know now, if that novel isn’t quite ready before you send it to your dream agent or publisher.
If by chance you win, well that’s even better!
Some contests have publication as part of the prize but even if it doesn’t your novel will be seen by someone who is looking for that exact story.
Some other pluses for doing writing contests are:
- Getting over that hurdle of letting other people read your work
- Practicing following guidelines and submitting
- Your book reaching readers you might not…
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