Monday, August 17, 2009

Get Started by Entering Competitions—Essays and Songs, Oh My!

I recently picked up Louise Doughty’s book, A Novel in a Year: from First Page to Last in 52 Weeks :

In the introduction, she wrote that she got her start by entering a literary competition.
There are two competitions I want to bring to your attention. Winning them would be like winning scholarships.

1. Life Lessons Essay contest--$3,000 prize

The magazine, REAL SIMPLE, has a yearly Essay Contest.

The top prize is $3,000, essay published in REAL SIMPLE, round-trip tickets for two to New York City, and more.

The deadline is Sept. 7, 2009, and there is no entry fee.

Details here:

2. NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) sponsors this songwriting competition.

Whoever wins the Grand Prize will get a 90 minute mentoring session with Jewel, your song pitched to music industry executives, and a three-day trip to Nashville.

There are more prizes and possibilities.

Details here:

Read all official rules.

The entry cost is $35 per song for NSAI members and $45 per song for all non-NSAI members.

Deadline to submit your song is October 31, 2009.

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