Writers and authors trying to build their platform, gain exposure and generate revenue from their work(s) continually look for opportunities to participate in writing contests or competitions with their articles and books. Such events provide a vehicle to have your materials critically evaluated by professionals and readers while also getting valuable exposure. Even if you do not win, you have a chance for people to view your articles and books and start to recognize your name. This personal branding can lead to future sales and writing opportunities or jobs.
Here are several useful resources for identifying contests in various genres: