(Con)test yourself

Once the habit of regularly writing has effectively kicked into your system, you will feel the need to challenge yourself into a new direction.

In the Writer’s  craft, one of the best ways to do so is by submitting your work to various writing contests.

Writing contests truly get the best out of you. They force you to work towards a specific goal, a target, and it is often in this vein that you will feel the most inspired.

In the framework of my Writer’s Craft course this year, I submitted various pieces of mine – be them short stories or narrative essays – to these writing contests. I found it helped me find a purpose while writing, and it could to do the same to you

1. The CBC Canada Writes short story contest was a great place to start: http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/shortstory/

2. Same goes for the Toronto Star Short Story contest. Check it out! http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1111985–announcing-the-star-s-short-story-contest

3. Though targeting a slightly younger demographic, the TPL’s Young Voices Magazine is a great place to get your work published: http://ramp.torontopubliclibrary.ca/secondary/expressyourself/writinggonewild/youngvoicesmagazine/three-content.jsp

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