Below is an example of a PLR article, have a look as we rewrite it and show you how you can achieve better writing results using PLR material.Although I work at a regular 9-5 desk job, I’ve always dreamed of being a published writer. I’ve got numerous story ideas floating around in my head, and I’ve even committed some to paper in my spare time. I know it’s practically impossible to send my manuscripts to a major publishing house and hope that someone will take a look at them, so I’m going to do something a bit different with my stories. I’m going to enter them into a few popular fiction writing contests to see how they fare.
If you have ever dreamed of being a published author, then this article is for you, like so many writers before me I have had a regular job but I always wanted to be published writer. There are numerous story ideas that I think about every day, they float around in my mind, some are good some are just average, the main thing is that when you are thinking about story ideas, that you be realistic, the chances of getting published these days without an agent and without some hard work are just about non-existent.One method of getting noticed is to enter a fiction writing contest, they can be helpful and you can even get paid, however, it is important to note that for the most part these, contests offer the budding author little in the way of compensation and even less in the way of exposure.
I’ve heard that fiction writing contests present unknown writers with a fantastic opportunity to get discovered. Some of the most prominent competitions are judged by published writers, agents, or other industry insiders, which means I can really make a name for myself if I put my best stories out there. Even if I don’t win any of the fiction writing contests I enter, there’s a chance that one of the judges could like my work well enough to ask for more manuscripts — a move that could help launch a legitimate career.
While it may be a romantic idea to think that you might get “discovered” by submitting your writing to a contest, the reality is that in the fine print you will notice that your content that is submitted to them becomes their property, which means you are giving up your work to them and in many cases they now own your work. That is something that few writers would willingly do, more so when you consider that often you might be putting hours of work and creative genius into the process of submitting to these contests in hopes of getting discovered, the problem with that is if you are signing over your rights to the material you submit then how will you ever be “discovered” seriously think about it, if you are agreeing to give up all copyrights to the material then how will you ever be considered the actual author? The answer is you will not, while every once in a while you may, in fact, win a prize, the chances of you being recognized for that effort is slim to probably none.
While getting discovered is my primary goal, I’ve read that a lot of budding short story writers and novelists use fiction writing contests as a means of getting in-depth evaluations from qualified critics. That’s because the entry fees for many of these competitions cover extra perks such as feedback, tips, and even workshops. This is the kind of interaction that helps many writers take their work to the next level, and is something that I’m anxious to get for myself.
As you can see if you want to get “discovered” you should avoid writing contests where you are required to give up your rights to the content you submit and the only way you can determine if you are granting rights to a contest promoter is by reading the fine print. I know most people do not bother and that is why, sometimes years later they may see their own work end up as part of a book and wonder if they got ripped off somewhere, the answer is probably yes you did get ripped off, by not reading the fine print, so the first rule of contests is to know what your giving up by hitting the submit button.
Of course, for many people, the main reason for entering a fiction writing contest is to win big prizes. Every single competition out there offers publication, either in a magazine, journal, anthology, or on a website, and many offer cash prizes ranging from a few hundred dollars to $10,000 or more, depending on the number of entries. Some of the more prestigious fiction writing contests may even offer a coveted short-term publishing contract as the top prize, which is something that all aspiring writers would love to win.
While you may at first, be excited about the chances of winning a contest prize of 10,000 the real chances of actually doing that are not as good as you might think often it is a matter of luck and chance over skill. You might think that if I am good enough and I write a great submission you must win, but sadly not all submissions are allegedly ever read, sometimes, winners have obscure connections to the contest promoters, while this may not seem fair and it is not fair, it is something that as a contest writer you have to be prepared for, so how do you know when your entering a fair contest and when you just giving up your rights to your work? Again simple just read the fine print and if at first, you do not succeed, then read it again.
I’ve got two short stories that I think would be good candidates for a couple of these fiction writing contests. I will probably start out with a few of the smaller competitions just so I can familiarize myself with the whole process. Once I learn a bit more about how these events work, I’ll start entering the bigger competitions. With a little bit of luck, I may even win something! The preceding was an example of how you can take PLR content that is not very good, and turn it into something unique and interesting. It took about a half hour of work, and it is not really all that good, but as you can see it is effective, not only because it is something that belongs to us but it is something that has value beyond that of what would be considered