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 Writing Contest, Theme: Memory’s Harvest
It’s harvest time in many areas of the world and as fruits and vegetables of the season appear on shelves and country stands, we may be thinking of our own harvests–memories of the season and memories of times past triggered by particular fruits, vegetables, trees, flowers, celebrations, neighborhoods, clothes–you name it–we have abundant memories worthy of writing from, whether the memories are joyful or bittersweet.

Reading Period October 19, 2018, to January 20,  2019
Enter eight poems or up to 3000 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 our guest judge TBA soon. Three winners will receive the opportunity to have an hour’s consult with Sheila on their writing, an hour of editing time, or a fee waiver for a Writing It Real online class. With permission by the winners, 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 pay the submission fee by clicking on the “Buy Now” button below, you will be taken to our shopping cart. After your purchase, please send your entry as a Microsoft Word document — eight poems in one document or 3000 or so words of prose in one document. The email address to use is contest@writingitreal.com. You will hear back with Sheila’s responses to your writing within a week of emailing the work to her. After that, 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. And remember, there is NO additional fee for entering a revision of the initial entry.

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 any time before our reading period deadline of 1/20/19.

Not a member? A Lifetime Membership To Writing It Real is included with this workshop for an additional $60.00.