Publishing Opportunity: Your Writing Life

Happy Friday, everyone! I have another writing contest/publishing opportunity to bring you today, this time from the magazine The Writer. It’s not for fiction writers or poets, although this experience could certainly help you prep your entry. This opportunity is called “Your Writing Life”.

“Your Writing Life” is an essay contest from The Writer with the possibility of having your essay published in the magazine. Here are some crucial details:

  • Any topic is fair game for your essay so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing. So, you can write about something like struggling to make time to write as the mother of a newborn or balancing a 9-to-5 job with your writing aspirations, anything as long as it discusses some aspect of writing.
  • The essay must be 2,000 words or less.
  • The entry fee is $25 for the first submission of the transaction. Each additional submission–up to 5 per transaction–costs $15 a piece.
  • You can pay an additional $25 to receive a 200-word critique of your essay from the judging panel, which includes both what you did well and what you can improve on. However, you can only receive critique for one essay, even if you submit multiple to the competition.
  • You must submit your entry using the online entry form. No e-mail or postal submissions are accepted.
  • The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 1, 2018.
  • The prize will be $1,000 and publication in the April 2018 issue of The Writer. Every essay they receive will be considered for publication in The Writer.

For more information, look at the announcement page for the contest and the page detailing the rules.

I have a general idea for an essay and may enter this contest, but life lately has taught me not to make too many promises in those regards so it may or may not happen. Hopefully I’ll be able to; it’s quite the opportunity!

Good luck to everyone who chooses to enter.

Do you know of any unique publishing opportunities or writing contests with upcoming deadlines? Drop a line in the comments or e-mail me at and I will try and discuss it in a future Friday Fun-Day post.


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