Every day, there are more and more avenues opening up for writers. This makes it easier to get our work out into the world, which is exciting. Sometimes it’s a good idea just to polish up a short story or even a novel that you’ve completed and actually send it out into the world via a contest. Whether or not you win the contest itself, you can still come out ahead in a big way because many of these competitions attract the attention of publishing professionals who are on the hunt for debut authors. And just the act of submitting can often motivate you to keep on getting your work out, which is always a good move.
With this in mind, here’s another competition I just learned about: The Columbus Creative Cooperative’s Second Annual Great Novel Contest. A team of judges selected by Columbus Creative Cooperative will choose ten finalists from submitted manuscripts. Every manuscript submitted will be reviewed by at least one judge, without exception. The list of ten finalists will be published on CCC website and Terra Chalberg, founder and literary agent at the well-respected agency Chalberg & Sussman, will select the winner and runner-up from the list of finalists.
The winner will receive his/her choice of a publishing contract with Columbus Press for their manuscript or a $1,000 cash prize. The runner-up will receive a free publishing consultation. Paul Ketzle, the 2013 runner-up, reported winning a contract with an agent for his manuscript shortly after the announcement of the contest results. This kind of exposure is one of the major reasons that competitions like these are worth investigating: You never know who might be scanning the entries, either as a judge or an agent trolling for exciting new properties.
Entries will close January 31, 2014. Entry fee: $40. For more information, check the CCC Web site. And write on!