I’m often asked why I don’t publish free to enter writing competitions, when in actual fact I do. There may not be as many but the reality is that writing competitions have to be funded in one way or another and it’s not reasonable to expect this to come out of the Creative Competitor coffers continuously.
On a personal level, I would love to be able to fund more free to enter writing competitions but in a business sense, it’s just not viable. The entry fees are there to cover the competition prizes and so are essential. When planning a free competition, I often try to provide prizes that I can willingly give away and where my own time is impacted more than digging into the bank account. A free coaching session or writing course is a nice prize to be awarded and it also helps to increase future publishing potential as these prizes are geared towards the individual. Of course there are sometimes the opportunities to source sponsorship and this can provide some interesting prizes as a result.
The Premier1 members do receive cash prizes and they also have designated monthly free to enter writing competitions in their Write to be Published magazine, this is just our way of saying thank you for being loyal subscribers. In the main, I try to provide writing competitions with generous cash prizes and often minimal entry fees, it may be surprising but my goal with the Creative Competitor is about helping writers to achieve their potential and giving them a creative boost. Whilst free to enter writing competitions offer that same benefit to those who participate, the Creative Competitor wouldn’t be around long if business sense went out of the window.