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Win big with writing contests

Win the judges over. Pump up your exposure.

iStock_000012638534XLargeWriting contests offer valuable opportunities for writers to score recognition and cash prizes. It paid off for these talented writers:

  • Michael Palmer received Bellingham Review‘s Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction for his entry, “A Glossary of West Texas.” The final judge was Joy Castro. Jackleen Holton earned first place for “Goldfish” in the magazine’s 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, judged by Kathleen Flenniken. Tom Howard won The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, judged by Shawn Wong, for his story “Temple and Vine.” Bellingham Review will accept contest submissions for 2015 starting December 1, with $1,000 awarded to first-place winners.
  • Bellevue Literary Review awarded the 2014 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, judged by Tina Chang, to Laurie Clements Lambeth for her poem, “Chronic Care: ‘Broken Leg’ by Keith Carter, Photograph.” Abby Horowitz won the 2014 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Nathan Englander, for “Pediatricology” and William McGrath won the Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, judged by Helen Benedict, for “Forty-One Months.” They each received $1,000 and publication in Bellevue Literary Review.
  • Mary Heather Noble won the Creative Nonfiction “The Human Face of Sustainability” essay contest for “Acts of Courage.” She received $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction.
  • Melanie Lefkowitz received $1,500 and publication for her story, “The Mango,” in Glimmertrain’s Short Story Award for New Writers. Submissions for the next award open in August.

Ready to throw your hat into the ring? Here are some valuable tips that will up your chances of winning the editor’s favor.

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