After attending book fairs and classes with other authors, I heard a reoccurring theme when it came to finding a publisher or agent. I asked those who didn’t self-publish how they managed to get an agent to look at their work. Many of them answered by saying they found an agent or were approached by one after entering and placing in a writing contest. The Writer’s Market and other reference books offer such listings. It’s as simple as typing the word writing contest in the search engine. In my support of self-published authors I found something this week that would help curb any critics to our decision. You may gain more “credibility”, and I use this word carefully, with those who may turn their nose down at self-publishing by entering and placing in a contest. I thought I would share the link I found this week during my own research – http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writing-competitions. It has references and contest links for non-published writers and self-published writers. Remember to keep doing your search and look for opportunities. There are many other authors and organizations that have programs or contests to help you get started.