Google “how to win writing contests” and you’ll get a little bit of basic advice — proofread your entry, follow the submission rules to the letter, keep track of your entries, and don’t even think of missing the deadline — along with a whole lot of nonsense concocted by self-professed literary gurus with lucrative writing coach businesses.
In reality, there are only three things you need to do to win writing contests:
It really is that simple. Here are two contests that I recently won by following these three tips:
But remember, those are just two out of the dozens of contests I’ve submitted to lately and the hundreds I’ve entered over the years. Note that I said “submitted” and “entered,” not “lost.” The only way to lose is to quit.