We all know that being a writer is a glamorous and well-paid job (just kidding, it's not). But even the most successful authors were once pretentious young people trying to break into the literary scene. If you're young, scrappy, hungry, and passionate about writing, you might want to consider entering a writing contest. You can hone your skills, get used to sharing your work, and maybe even win several thousand dollars in the process. Here are a few of the best literary competitions for every young writer to enter.
If you're a teen with an unpublished novel, a college grad with a blog full of political essays, or just a young-ish person with a keyboard and a dream, there's a contest out there for you. I mean, sure, writing manuscripts and sending them off into the night is all well and good, but submitting to a contest is usually a guarantee that someone, somewhere, will at the least read what you wrote. And best case scenario, you walk away as a published author with a bundle of cash.
Even if you don't win every competition you enter, learning to love rejection is just part of the exciting and fast-paced life of a professional writer. So check out these literary competitions that are perfect for budding authors: