Both have regularly attended our critique group for about two years as newbies, rubbing shoulders with writers of ten and even twenty plus years. Liz and Stef quickly learned the importance of honing their craft and knuckling down to the
The Port Moody Writers' Group has always encouraged writers, when they are ready, to begin submitting their short stories and/or articles to contests, journals, and magazines. This is an important step in becoming a professional writer, especially if a book is a future goal.
Two benefits of contests are:
- Even if a writer doesn't win or place in a contest, just the nomination as a finalist in a well-known contest is considered an achievement worthy of note. Nominations should be included in a writer's bio for use in query letters, your online presence, promotion, etc. until superseded by a win or a place.
- Also finalist's submissions are frequently published and begin the development of the writer's portfolio of published work that editors and agents want to see.