Blog Post #3 by Piatra Marani
You go to college and write hundreds of papers. Some might be great for a portfolio and some have so many red marks on them, you’re not even sure what you were writing about in the first place. For those with career goals that have a writing requirement involved, there’s one thing your potential employers are going to want to see…
A great way to gain that experience is through student writing competitions. Not only will you be able to add your story to your portfolio as a sample of what you can do, if you win, it gives you the go-ahead for great bragging rights in your interviews! It not only proves your writing talents, it also shows that you have ambition, work ethic and a healthy competitive streak.
Writing competitions for students are an amazing way to:
- Gain exposure for you as a writer and your stories
- Perfect your writing skills
- Win some prize/scholarship money
- And possibly even get published
So put those writing skills to good use and check out some upcoming competitions with the Poets & Writers contest listings, Writers Digest, The Freelance Writer’s website, The Winning Writers page (great resources, too!), and even with companies like Folgers coffee.
Have you ever entered a writing competition? If so, what was your experience? Have you known any writers who have benefitted from a writing competition?