- Calls for short stories and poetry for magazines, ezines, and anthologies. It feels good to get a few publications under your belt, and it's great practice working with editors and submitting professionally.
- Contests that you mean to enter or hear about but don't get around to. You never know! It's practice following guidelines and exercising your writing muscles. That never hurts.
- Agents sometimes advertise that they are open for queries, but only for a limited time, or if you partake in a certain conference or blog. Conferences are ALWAYS great opportunities to hone your skills, learn new and current info and trends, and network with great industry pros. Check your local SCBWI if you are a children's writer for some upcoming opportunities.
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