Monday, August 10, 2015

Conducting a Writing Competition

Our fledgling critique group recently held our first annual writing competition. The purpose of the contest was to bring new members into the group. Here's how it worked.

1.We decided on the guidelines and created a flyer that we posted on the Facebook pages of our group and the public library where we meet. (Our writer's group, dubbed Critique Cafe, Fort Stockton Area Writer's Group is sponsored by the H. Edward Petsch Memorial for Arts and Music that was given to our public library.) Our local paper also published the ad for us.
Here's the flyer:

2. The Petsch Foundation covered the cost of two writing books we wanted to give as prizes. Members secured donations of gift cards for coffee shops, restaurants, and chocolate (writers' essentials).

3. The big draw was the offer of publication. Critique Cafe produces a quarterly Best of Critique Cafe book that features the writing of members. 

4. The group members judged the entries, and notified the winners. (I decided not to judge, since one of my daughters entered the contest. She won for poetry! Proud Mama!) We held a special meeting to present the awards. The event was one of the largest attended meetings we've ever had. We brought refreshments and made a real celebration out of it. 

5. We now have 4 excited new members in our group, all with different strengths and weaknesses, which will enhance the learning potential and interest of the entire group.
Here's our happy winners photo: (one couldn't make it).

 Have you ever been a part of conducting a writing competition? What ideas can you add to this experience?
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