Writing Contest

“Thank you so much for your comments and suggestion in the three poems. You are the master of editing out & rearranging words. After reading your comments, I worked on shortening lines, clarifying metaphors, and finding ways to step into the poems.”   ~ Christine Robinson

Writing It Real Fall 2016 Writing Contest, Any Topic, Reading Period October 15, 2016 to February 28, 2017

Enter eight poems or up to 3750 words of prose. Receive Sheila’s detailed response to your writing within a week and the opportunity to submit a revision by the end of the reading period. The revision (or first entry if there is no revision entered) will then be in the running to be judged by a guest judge Sharon Bryan. Three winners will receive the opportunity to have an hour’s consult with Sheila on their writing ($160 value). With permission, Writing It Real will publish the three winning pieces along with the judge’s comments. All publication rights are retained by the authors for future publication. This is a great opportunity to receive valuable response and have a jumpstart toward realizing your final draft.

Here’s how to enter: When you “buy” entrance to the contest by clicking on the “Buy Now” button, you will be taken to our shopping cart. After your purchase, you’ll receive follow up email with the email address to which you’ll send your entry as a Microsoft Word document — eight poems in one document or 3750 words of prose in one document. You will hear back with Sheila’s responses to your writing within a week of emailing the work and submitting it. When you are ready to send in a revision, use the same email address being sure to type “contest re-entry” in the subject line.

NOTE: Your re-entry may be a bit longer if development produces fuller work or it may be shorter as good editing can make things more powerful. Either way, the re-entry qualifies for the judging if submitted at anytime before our reading period deadline of 2/28/17.


Not a member? A $45 Lifetime Membership To Writing It Real is included with your $15 contest entry at a $5 savings. Your price for both is $60.