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Quick TIPS Summation









The number one tip for all of my contestants is this - FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES TO THE LETTER!

For example, I have explicitly asked that contestants not send any attachments for submission entries.  I don't want to open any malware, or worse - a virus that takes down my entire pc.  Yet, without fail, I get at least one if not two or three entries in the form of an attachment. 

#2 - You don't have to write your best, but be honest

While this might seem counterintuitive, let me explain.

I would rather read an honest, 'from the heart' short story than a commercialized taste of industrial prose.  Writers who send me their most honest work will get recognized.  I can tell the difference between an honest, creative work of fiction versus a cramped, fake story that took less than thirty minutes to pull together. 


#3 - You want to win more than you want the money

Black Ink Contests is not yet swagging with the big money crowd, like Narrative or Carve.  It's for this very reason, I suppose, that I am more than ever appreciative of each and every contestant's entry.   I know you all have other options. 

It's for this reason, too, that I'll state winning as a matter of winning rather than taking home big prize money should be important to every contestant.  Maybe it's just me, but when you hit First Place winner, the prize money pales in comparison anyway.  That and (again) every winning ads impact to your writers r
ésumé.  I can't stress enough how every win ads impact to your writing credentials and looks good when you present your query to a literary agent.

Winning a writing contest can bring you recognition and help get your work noticed by agents and editors.


#4 - Even if your job title is pediatric nurse or parole officer - you're a writer!

What this means is that at the end of the day your passion lies in the written word.  Nothing can stop you from writing.  That's what you do.  That's who you are.  And it's people like you that I and Black Ink Contests are looking for!