Feeling competitive? Book writing and writing contests are excellent tools for sharpening that competitive edge and for getting your work in front of a variety of readers and publishing professionals. Some have registration fees and some are free, most are worth the effort of spending a Saturday or two submitting your work. Here are a websites with contest calendars and lists:
Kotobee (a fun guide)
Some contests and competitions are based out of Canada and the UK. Pay close attention to submission details and try to enter as many as possible without blowing the bank on fees.
Best wishes to you!