I have a friend who sold a book to a major publishing house. She was thrilled. After all, she’d spent several years crafting a novel she felt was heart-felt and well-rendered, and she found herself elated that the world would get to see it. But that’s where the waiting began. The book sold in 2009 and as is typical in the publishing industry, she still hasn’t seen an ARC (advanced readers copy), much less her covers on shelves. In the months and months that have lapsed, she’s begun to itch to see her work out there.
I understand. Being a writer in an increasingly dense market can make one feel not unlike a member of the Donner Party, wandering and hungry. Luckily, New Orleans has some great opportunities to get your writing in front of others eyes without waiting the interminable months for a novel to manifest.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival has just opened its contests for entry. Categories include poetry, short fiction and one-act plays and offers a host of amazing prizes, including $1000 (poetry) or $1500 (fiction and one-act), publication and performances that will let your work be seen by avid fans of good writing.
Also, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society offers a number of categories for entry through the Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Categories include: novel, novella, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student.