What Does Every Writer Really Want?

by Lorna's Voice

What does every writer want? Heck if I know! It’s like asking what does every dog want. Oh. never mind. I think I know the answer to that question.

Is there anything else I can get you to make your stay her more comfortable, Sir?

Is there anything else I can get you to make your stay here more comfortable, Sir?

Anywho. We writers may have as many reasons for writing as we do drafts of unfinished someday sure-fire best-sellers, but I think it’s a safe enough guess that most writers would love to have at least one of the following:

  1. recognition for your work from someone other than your family, friends, and cat, dog or bird–all  who think your work is super-duper.
  2. to see your name in print other than on bills.
  3. to have your words read by an audience wider than the aforementioned supportive circle of two and four-legged cheerleaders.
  4. to have your name recognized in literary circles, and I don’t mean the book club you started comprised of the aforementioned supportive circle of two and four-legged cheerleaders.
  5. to have you name respected in those literary circles (“Ah, yes, I can’t wait for the next block-buster book by Lorna!” versus “Can you believe Lorna is putting out more drivel in the form of what she calls a book.”)

I may be missing something, but you get the idea.

Well, Friends, one way of making any of this happen is to have other people who know their similes from their metaphors read your work and deem it noteworthy. But how do you do that?

Lucky for you I’m here to tell you.

No need to spin your own wheels. I'm here to spin them for you!

No need to spin your own wheels. I’m here to spin them for you!

A very reputable and well-known writing contest is underway as I speak and you read. It’s the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Hey, it’s been around for 82 years. It’s got t have something going for it, right? Don’t worry. You don’t have to be a member of the Writer’s Digest to enter.

To simplify things for you because I know readers like that and because I’m such a nice person, here’s the “down-low” on the competition:

  1. The early-bird deadline is May 6. The Late Bird deadline is after that (I think). Since I’m an early bird, that’s the only date I pay attention to.
  2. Entry fees differ depending on what you are submitting and how many entries you are submitting at the same time. The first entry for a short story is $27 and $20 for each additional entry submitted at the same time. For poems, its $15 for the first and $10 for others. After May 6, the price goes up to $32/$25 for short stories and $20/15 for poems.
  3. There are ten different genres in this contest. Awards are given as follows: a top prize is awarded in each genre and there are prizes for the other top nine in each genre. Additionally, 90 other submissions are selected for “Honorable Mention.” That means you have 100 chances to be recognized in your genre if you submit one piece. Since there are 10 genres, 1,000 writers are awarded something in this contest. Those are pretty good odds! 
  4. Prizes vary from cash awards to having your name and the title of your work published in their magazine. A Grand Prize Winner meets with publishes and gets a cape and a crown or tiara, depending on gender.
  5. The genres are: 
  6. Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  7. Memoirs/Personal Essay
  8. Magazine Feature Article
  9. Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  10. Mainstream/Literary Short Story, 
  11. Rhyming Poetry
  12. Non-rhyming Poetry
  13. Stage Play
  14. Television/Movie Script
  15. Children’s/Young Adult Fiction.
  16. Winners are notified in the Fall–October, usually. This gives you enough time to forget that you entered. I find this very kind. If you don’t win, no sweat. You forgot anyway. If you do win, then it’s a big surprise! It’s like a total win-win even if you lose. How great is that?


So what are you waiting for? Check out the rules for each genre (they differ), spiff up your best work, and submit away! I submitted a short memoir story two years ago and got Honorable Mention–and that was my first time! You just never know! I’m submitting another memoir story this year.

I've had a lot of false starts, but I'm pretty sure I know which one I'm going to submit.

I’ve had a lot of false starts, but I’m pretty sure I know which one I’m going to submit.

And check out the entire site while you are there. They are constantly running contests for specific genres. I’m submitting my memoir to a contest they are running for self-published books. Hey, like I said, you never know…

Well, It could go this way or it could go that way. But it won't go any way if I don't get off this stick and start moving.

Well, It could go this way or it could go that way. But it won’t go any way if I don’t get off this stick and start moving.

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23 Comments to “What Does Every Writer Really Want?”

  1. Wishing you the best of luck with your entry, Lorna 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Lorna's Voice and commented:

    I just wanted you to know I posted my Sunday Post gig over at Legends Undying. I thought you Aspiring Writers might be particularly interested in this post. Why? Well, of course it so mind-bogglingly well-written that it could serve as an example for your future mind-bogglingly written posts. But mostly because it contains information about a great writing competition that I’m entering and that I think every aspiring writer should know about.
    So if you have aspirations to be a writer, you might want to hop on over there. Just be prepared to be mind-boggled. It’s only fair. I live that way all the time.

    Happy Sunday!

  3. I will be entering. Thank you for the information. Thanks, Lorna.

  4. I think you are so clever with your pictures! I appreciate your letting us know about the contest! I hope to get better and will wait until next year! Good luck, honorable mention is great reward for your first entry!

  5. Thanks, Lorna. I’ve bookmark this page. Hey, don’t laugh, it’s a start.

    P.S. Please don’t post any more pictures of Queenie. I don’t want people to know how much I spoil her.

  6. Reblogged this on silentlyheardonce and commented:
    I usually don’t re-blog but every now and then somethings just need to be shared. So for all you writers here’s some info you may be interested in.

  7. Thanks for this Lorna. I used to look at the Writer’s Digest site quite often but have never entered anything and haven’t been over there for a while. I’m tempted this time now that you’ve brought it to our attention!

  8. Well. then, my job here is done…for now! Vanessa, you really should enter! 🙂

  9. Certainly interesting. I could put in about 12, with all the genres. That could get a trifle expensive …

    • Yes, that would get expensive bery quickly. The only savings would be to submit as many as you wish at once because the first one costs the most, the rest are less expensive when submitted in a batch, even if they are in different genres. But give it a try even if you can only afford a few. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and all that.. 😉

  10. Excellent info … but … now, I’m depressed. Why??? I will get rejected and have to live with another – “You’re not good enough” review. I think I’ll pass. This she says as she copies the info. Yes – I am having a good guy – bad guy dialog.
    ~~~~ : – O

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