30 Top Writing Contests for 2021

2021 Top Writing Contests

 

Writing Competitions not only allow writers to win prizes, but they also have several other benefits for writers. In fact, I would go as far as to say that writing contests are invaluable to stoke your writing career.

They Provide an Author with a deadline.

They provide writers with a deadline to know they have to meet or miss out on the competition and potential prizes. This can serve to increase productivity. With normal writing, an author is accountable to nobody, and it is all too easy to slow down and become lethargic.

Writing Contests Give You feedback.

Most writing contests do not provide detailed feedback to each author, but some may (for a small fee) provide some basic feedback. There are even a couple that may provide a little feedback for free. If you win or even get a runner-up position, then that is a pretty good sign that your book may well be a winner on the market.

It Helps to Get Your Name Known

The judges and organizers of these competitions are most likely going to be professionals in the publishing industry. You have no idea who may take a look at your manuscript during the competition. If you are on the shortlist to win then this will certainly draw attention to your work. Even if it does not immediately help, it may work later when you write a subsequent book.

Motivation

Writing Contests provide motivation. When you enter a book, story, or poem, you know that someone somewhere is reading your work, which can be a lifesaver when you are struggling to carry on. Whether you win or not, the writing contest is one more milestone in your writing career.

2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

The Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is an annual competition run by the Australian Book Review. Entries 2000 – 3000 words in English

  • The entry fee AU$15 to AU$25.
  • First Prize – AU$6,000
  • Second Prize – AU$4,000
  • Third Prize – AU$2,500
  • Entry Deadline – 2021-05-03

2021 Bristol Short Story Prize

Open to all authors over 16 who may be published or unpublished.

  • The entry fee is £9.
  • The first prize is £1,000
  • The second prize is £500
  • The third prize is £250
  • The entry deadline expires: 2021-05-05

2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

A prize writing contest for a medical-related poem which must be unpublished. Three categories.

  • Open Category £7 per entry
  • Health professional category £7 per entry;
  • The young Poets category is free entry.
  • Open Category Prizes are £1,000 – £500 – £250
  • Health professional Category Prizes are £1,000 – £500 – £250
  • Young poets Category £500
  • The Entry Deadline is 2021-02-14

2021 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Submit one humor poem that must be written in English and under 250 lines.

  • The entry fee is zero – free to enter.
  • The first prize is $2,000
  • The Second Prize is $500
  • Ten runners up win $100 each.
  • The entry deadline expires on 2021-04-01

29th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Two writing contests. Essay competition and a short story competition. Both up to 6,000 words, open to anyone.

  • The entry fee is $20
  • Both the winning story and the winning essay each receive $3,000
  • Ten runners up each receive $200
  • The entry deadline is 2021-04-30

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021

An International Writing Contest with no age limit. Two categories: Poetry and Short Fiction

  • The poetry Entry fee is £12
  • The Fiction entry fee is £18
  • Both Poetry and Fiction winners each receive £2,600
  • The entry deadline is 2021-08-31

Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry 2021

An award for a book of poetry in English. language

  • The fee for entry is $25
  • The winning poem gets published by the UP Press as part of the Pitt Poetry.
  • The winning author will receive $5,000
  • Entry Deadline: 2021-04-30

AWP Award Series 2021

Original works for adult readers in English

  • Entry fee for members $29, The Entry fee for non-members $30
  • Donal Hall Poetry – $5,500 prize
  • Grace Paley Short Story – $5,500 prize
  • AWP Nob Fiction Prize – $2,500
  • AWP Novel – $2,500 prize
  • The entry deadline is 2021-02-28

Bath Short Story Award 2021

these short stories, on any topic, must be original and written in English.

  • The entry fee is £9
  • First Prize – £1,200
  • Second Prize – £300
  • Third Prize – £100
  • Entry Deadline – 2021-04-19

F(r)iction’s Spring 2021 Writing Contests

The competition is open to writers over the age of 13: four categories – short story, flash fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction.

The entry fee is between $10 and $15

  • The prize for Short Story: $1,000
  • The prize for Flash Fiction: $300
  • The prize for Poetry: $300
  • Prize for Creative Nonfiction: $1,000
  • Entry Deadline – 2021-04-29

First Pages Prize 2021

Writers over the age of 18 and having no agent. First five-page excerpt of a larger work of fiction.

  • The entry fee is $20
  • The winner gets $2,000 and consultation with an agent
  • 2nd Prize is $1,250
  • 3rd Prize is $750
  • 4th prize is $500
  • The Entry Deadline is 2021-02-21

Fish Flash Fiction Prize

Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Award is open to anyone who writes in English. The maximum word count is 300.

  • The Entry Fee is €14 (€8 for further entries).
  • The First Prize is €1,000.
  • Top 10 stories to be published in the 2021 anthology
  • The entry deadline is 2021-02-28

Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors.

A new climate fiction related short-story competition envisages the next 180 years of climate progress, between 3,000 to 5,000 words.

  • Free to Enter
  • First Prize – $3,000
  • Second Prize – $2,000
  • Third Prize – $1,000
  • The entry deadline is 2021-04-12

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021

A writing contest open to all entrants over the age of 18. Poems dealing with any aspect of place or nature.

  • Your first entry costs £7
  • further entries cost £4
  • 1st Prize – £1,000
  • 2nd Prize – £500
  • 3rd Prize – £250
  • The final deadline for entries: 2021-03-01

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2021

A contest for all fiction, non-fiction, or poetry writers who have yet to publish a book (includes self-publishing).

  • The entry fee is $24 (this will include a 12-month subscription to Ploughshares.
  • The winning story, essay, or poem will be published in Ploughshare.
  • Each winning author will receive $2,000
  • Entry Deadline: 2021-05-15

Puchi Award 2021

Books from any genre that have never been published. They must be finished works.

  • Entry to the competition is free.
  • The winning entry will receive €8,000 and get published by Fulgencio Pimentel.
  • The entry deadline is 2021-02-18

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2021

Anyone who has yet to publish a book-length work of fiction, life-writing, or poetry is welcome to enter. This does not include self-published works. There are three categories, all judged separately. These categories are Fiction, Poetry, and Life writing.

  • The Single Entry Fee is £10 (you can enter twice for £16)
  • Winners of each of the three categories will receive £1,000.
  • The Entry deadline is 2021-05-31

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Award

Another Writing Contest for writers over 16. Short stories may be on any subject

  • The entry fee for the competition is £10
  • The first prize is: £1,000
  • The second prize is: £500
  • The third prize is £250
  • the entry deadline is 2021-02-28

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize 2021

Entries of 750 words or less on any theme by entrants of all ages. International entries welcome

  • The entry fee is $25 for each story.
  • The winning story wins a 10-week free course with Gotham Writers.
  • The winning story wins $1,000
  • Entry Deadline: 2021-03-05

The 2021 HG Wells Short Story Competition

The 2021 theme is Mask. The competition is for those over 21 years of age, with a second competition for those under 21.

  • The Over 21 competition entry fee for s $10 ($5 for students with ID) for each story
  • The Under 21 competition is free to enter.
  • The winning over 21 story wins $500
  • The winning under 21 story wins $1,000
  • Entry Deadline: 2021-07-12

The 2021 International Book & Pamphlet Competition

Entrants should provide 20 pages of poetry written for adults in the English language.

  • The entry fee for each entry to this writing competition is £28
  • First stage winners get to share the total £2,000 cash prize. They can choose to enter the second stage by providing a further 30 pages of poetry.
  • Second stage winner gets a book published/
  • First stage winners also get a pamphlet published.
  • The entry deadline is 2021-03-01

The 2021 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

This short story writing contest is open to both American and International writers.

  • The entry fee is $17 per story.
  • No restrictions on themes
  • Short stories must be at least ten pages long but less than fifty pages.
  • Final Entry Deadline – 2021-03-14

The 2021 Yeovil Literary Prize

Open to all those over the age of 16. Competition in four categories.

  • The entry fees range from £5 to £14,50.
  • Prize Novel – £1,250
  • Prize Short Story – £600
  • Prize Poetry – £600
  • Prize No restrictions – £250
  • The entry deadline is 2021-04-30

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2021

open to all those who are aged over 18

  • Free Entry to the competition
  • 1st Prize -£10,000
  • 2ns Prize – £3,000
  • 3rd Prize – £2,000
  • Entry deadline – 2021-04-01

The Bath Novel Award 2021

A global Writing Contest for unpublished and self-published novels.

  • The entry fee is £28 per novel.
  • The winner receives £3,000
  • The entry deadline is 2021-05-31

The Bridport Prize 2021

another writing contest for global entrants. They must be over 16 years of age.

  • Entry fees range from £9 to £20.
  • There are four categories.
  • Prize money totals over £19,000.
  • The entry deadline is 2021-05-31

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2021

This writing contest is for a single poem that is written for children and unpublished.

  • The entry fee for this writing contest is €14 per poem.
  • Poems aimed at children aged 7 to 11.
  • One single prize of €1,000
  • The entry deadline is 2021-03-31

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2021

A writing competition open to anyone over the age of 18. A short stir under 5,000 words

  • The Fee for Entry is €15 for each story.
  • First Prize – €3,000
  • Second Prize – Week-long writing retreat in France and €250 for travel
  • Third Prize – €1,000
  • The Entry deadline is 2012-06-30

The Plough Prize 2021

The Plough Poetry Prize is an open competition (international) for a poem on any subject with a maximum of 40 lines.

  • The Fee for Entry is £5 for each poem.
  • First Prize – £1,000
  • Second Prize – £500
  • Third Prize – £250
  • The Entry deadline is 2012-03-31

The Writing Quarter Competition

Enter Sci-Fi and Fantasy stories aimed at adults with a minimum length of 1700 words.

Prizes are awarded every quarter – Prizes of $1000, $750, $500

One of the quarterly winners will win overall and get a prize of $5,000 more.

Check the website for the next quarterly deadline

Final Thoughts

These thirty competitions are just the most well-known writing contests for English language writers. You may well find that local Arts-Festivals have writing competitions with fewer entrants and lower prizes, however the topics you write about could be completely random like Colorado Design a Kitchen Remodel, where you are asked to write about Kitchen Remodeling in Colorado.. Try asking at your local library. Even the smallest, most local competition is worth entering, as they will help drive forward your writing career and encourage you to keep writing.

Writing competitions for children can also benefit your kids. Children find competitions to be a challenge, and entering a competition may well inspire them to write when otherwise they would not enjoy doing so. They can spur your children on and maybe awaken a love of writing that had not been visible before.

Writing competitions are also a great way of finding new authors to read, ones who had not come to your attention before. Many successful authors have been found through competitions in the past. Your new favorite author may be the next one that is discovered in a writing contest.

The Top Movies About Writers

movies about famous writers

 

In this selection of movies, we learn some new facts about famous writers. We also get to imagine some things about their lives that may not be strictly true but help flesh out their characters. Most importantly, we find out that these famous writers faced the same dilemmas we all do in their everyday lives.

Oscar Wilde

The 1997 movie “Wilde,” directed by Brian Gilbert and starring Stephen Fry in the title role, was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards.

The Plot

The movie begins with Wilde’s visit in 1882 to Leadville in Colorado, as part of his USA lecture tour. Despite his flamboyance and manner, he surprisingly goes down well with his audience of local silver miners. On returning to London, Wilde marries Irish author Constance Lloyd. Over two years, they had two sons, after which they ceased to be sexually active after Robbie Ross (played by Michael Sheen) seduces Wilde and helps him accept his homosexuality.

Opening night of Wilde’s play, “Lady Windermere’s Fan,” Wilde meets poet Lord Alfred Douglas, a foppish individual, who is very handsome (played by Jude Law). The two had briefly met one year before. Wilde and Douglas become involved in an affair. They have an odd relationship where Douglas frequently employs rent boys, while Wilde plays the role of voyeur.

Douglas’ father (The Marquis of Queensbury) is not favorable towards Wilde and his son’s relationship. He makes this clear shortly before Wilde opened “The Importance of Being Ernest” when he publically demeans Wilde. Wilde retaliates by suing the Marquis of Queensbury for criminal libel. This results in Wilde’s homosexuality being exposed and Wilde prosecuted for Gross Indecency. Wilde is sentenced to two years hard labor. During his time in prison, Constance Lloyd, his wife, visits him and tells him that she would not divorce him.

However, she does say that she is taking his sons to Germany and that as long as he has nothing to do with Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde is welcome to visit whenever he wished. Eventually, Wilde is released from prison and immediately heads off to Europe in exile. Many people advise Wilde to keep clear of Douglas. However, Wilde ignores this and eventually meets up with Douglas.

The Key Cast Members

  • Oscar Wilde – Steven Fry
  • Lord Alfred Douglas – Jude Law
  • Lady Wilde – Vanessa Redgrave
  • Constance Lloyd Wilde – Jennifer Ehle
  • Marchioness of Queensbury – Gemma Jones
  • Lady mount Temple – Judy Parfit

Iris Murdoch

The 2001 Movie “Iris was directed by Richard Eyre and starred Kate Winslet and Judy Dench in the title role. The Movie won an Oscar.

The Plot

The movie is about the life of the famous British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch. The young Iris Murdoch’s role is played by Kate Winslet and the older Iris Murdoch, by Dame Judi Dench. The story is about the love between Iris Murdoch and John Bayley (played by Hugh Bonneville).

Murdoch, played by Winslett, is young academic teaching philosophy at Oxford when she meets and falls in love with another professor John Bailey. There is a vast difference between the two characters, and Murdoch’s spirit and confident bearing is a complete contrast with the awkward Bailey.

The story is related through the older Bailey’s eyes (played by Jim Broadbent) and comprises a series of snippets from their life together. Murdoch is portrayed as a brilliant and vigorous young woman. The contrast between this and the snippets from Murdoch’s later life after Alzheimer’s disease has wrecked her is most poignant. We witness Murdoch slowly being lost to the disease until just a shell remains of what once was Iris Murdoch. It reaches the inevitable conclusion where Murdoch is totally reliant on John Bayley, who, as a devoted husband, carries out every task for the woman he loves. The movie concludes with her death.

The movie is based on two books written by John Bailey, Iris, and Iris & the Friends.

The Key Cast Members

  • Young Iris Murdoch – Kate Winslet
  • Iris Murdoch – Judi Dench
  • Young John Bailey – Hugh Bonneville
  • John Bailey – Jim Broadbent
  • Principal – Eleanor Bron
  • Hostess – Angela Morant

John Keats

The 2009 Movie “Bright Star” was directed by Jane Campion and starred Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne and Ben Wishaw as John Keats.

The Plot

The story relates the three-year romance between the 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. The story takes place in the final part of Keats’ life. It is 1818, and on the outskirts of London in Hampstead Village, the story begins. In one half of a house live Charles Brown, a poet, The other half of the house resides the Dilkes family. The Dilkes family is the link between The Brawne family and Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown and Fanny (the eldest daughter of the Brawne’s) do not like each other. Fanny thinks Brown to be an arrogant man who is incredibly rude. Brown thinks Fanny is a flighty girl who knows nothing except how to sew. She is actually quite skilled at sewing and makes all the fashionable clothes she wears.

Keats comes to live with his old friend brown, and when he meets Fanny, they both have a mutual attraction. The relationship takes a while to become a reality as Brown disliked Fanny and does his best to make sure they do not get attached. Keats, at the time, was a struggling poet and very insecure, making the relationship harder. Brown is not the only obstacle to the relationship. Brawne totally misunderstands the relationship between Keats and poetry, but she is impressed that Keats had been using his sick brother, and to get closer to him, asks him to teach her about poetry. The poetry brings them closer and fuels the romance. Mrs. Brawne rejects Keats as a potential suitor for her daughter because of his lack of prospects, then Keats develops the same illness that had killed his brother. There is no happy ending to this story as the lovers see their dream of marriage fade and the reality of separation forever.

The Key Cast Members

  • Fanny Brawne – Abbie Cornish
  • John Keats – Ben Whishaw
  • Mr. Brown – Phil Schneider
  • Mrs. Brawne – Kerry Fox
  • Toots – Edie Martin
  • Samuel – Thomas Brodie-Sangster

William Shakespeare

The 2018 Movie “All Is True was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also played the lead role.

The Plot

This movie explores the latter part of the life of William Shakespeare. It begins in 1613 as Shakespeare decides to return home to Stratford -Upon-Avon and face his family, who have been somewhat neglected. This change in direction is a consequence of the “Globe Theater” being razed by fire. Shakespeare is truly devastated at the Globe’s loss, and he now has to try and mend fences with his wife and daughters, still haunted by the death of his only son.

On reaching home, his wife, played by Judi Dench, suggests that he should sleep in the best bed in the guest room. He has returned so infrequently over the years that she actually sees him as a guest. The movie analyzes these relationships and supposedly allows a peek into the life of Shakespeare. The odd thing is that despite the movie being called “All Is True,” there is very little in the movie that is true.

The Key Cast Members

  • William Shakespeare – Kenneth Branagh
  • Anne Shakespeare – Judi Dench
  • Earl of Southampton – Ian McKellen

Jane Austen

The 2007 Film “Becoming Jane” was directed by Julian Jarrold.

The Plot

This is Jane Austin’s story that covers events in her life before she gained fame. In particular, her romance with a young Irishman.  The lead role was played by Anne Hathaway who in an interview had taken time off to do an Oregon bathroom remodel small with her husband, but since the role was too good to pass home she put her home renovation project to the side.

The story commenced in 1795 with Jane Austin, an opinionated twenty-year-old emerging writer. She has dreams of stepping out from the conventions of the time and follow her dreams, which do not fit in with the prejudices and norms of the time in which she lived. Her parents are searching for a wealthy and successful husband to assure her future position in society and are considering Mr. Wisley as a suitable match. However, Jane is making her own connections, and when she meets Tom Lefroy, who is everything that her parents are not looking for, there are sparks.

The couple knows that if they pursue their wish to be married, they will create a furor that risks everything they have. They will lose friends, family, and fortune. It is a true period piece that attempts to bring to life the rebel that was Jane Austin.

The Key Cast Members

  • Jane Austin – Anne Hathaway
  • Tom Lefroy – James McAvoy
  • Mrs. Austin – Julie Walters
  • Reverend Austin – James Cromwell
  • Lady Gresham – Maggie Smith

Charles Dickens

The 2017 Movie, “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” was directed by Bharat Nalluri and followed the creation of the famous work “A Christmas Carol.”

The Plot

When we think of Christmas, the story “Christmas Carol” comes to mind, and in this movie, we follow a story about how it may have been written by Charles Dickens. It was 1843, and the now famous British novelist was at a pretty low point in his writing career. It happens, and he had three failures, one after the other, and funds were getting low.

To resolve his dire situation, he decided to write a Christmas Story and then self publish it. He had a limited time to get this done(just two months). Just as he begins what would be a difficult task in the best of times, his estranged parents decide to come and stay with him. Not an enjoyable situation, even if he had nothing else to worry about.

His father’s financial irresponsibility that had ruined his childhood was still fresh in his mind, which was not particularly helpful when already under such pressure. This results in a massive case of writer’s block. Whatever he tries, he cannot shift it, and things were not looking good. He tries to work out his issues in the dialogues with the characters he has written, particularly in the conversations with Ebenezer Scrooge.

Through this unconventional method, he manages to finish the story, “A Christmas Carol.” Of course, we all know how successful it all turned out to be.

The Key Cast Members

  • Charles Dickins – Dan stevens
  • Presenter – Mark Scrier
  • Stage Manager – Patrick Joseph Byrnes
  • Mrs. Fisk – Miriam Margolys
  • Kate Dickens – Morfydd Clark

Wordsworth & Coleridge

This Movie, “Pandaemonium,” from 2000, tells the relationship between the poets Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Directed by Julien Temple

The Plot

The movie analyses the relationship between two of our most famous poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. the two poets lived during the same era and same tumultuous political events. It is a drama that has friendship and rivalry at its core with a political overlay set in a period that included the french revolution and government repression.

The film seems overtly pro Coleridge in this story, and the author of Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Kubla Khan is excused his drug use. To Wordsworth, there are hints of an incestuous relationship with his sister.

It is a complex scenario and an attempt to explore these characters in depth.

The Key Cast Members

  • Samuel Coleridge – Linus Roache
  • William Wordsworth – John Hannah
  • Sara Coleridge – Samantha Morton
  • Dorothy Wordsworth – Emily Woof
  • Mary Wordsworth – Emma Fielding

Final Thoughts

Most of the writers featured in this selection of movies are from past ages where public opinion was not so liberal as today. These individuals were often seen as people living outside of proper society, and some, most notably Oscar Wilde, suffered dearly for it. Yet all of them were aware of public pressure to conform, to become more connected with society. Perhaps it was the fact that these characters lived on the edge of society that their creativity was released. Often very little is actually known about the private lives of writers, and the huge gaps have to be filled with material created from what others think may have happened, so we can not watch the movies as a firm biography. More of a suggestion of what the see complex relationships may have been.

Why an Author Needs to Have an Accountant on their Team

CPA for writers

 

When you’re an author or writer, even if you work as a freelancer, calculating your taxes can actually be tricky. Many people don’t give so much importance to this, that’s why it is common for a lot of professional writers or authors to wrongly assume that, because of their budget, they are not able to afford the hiring of the professional services of an accountant; however, not doing it could actually be a big mistake.

Getting the services of a public accountant it’s actually the best investment that any author can make; it can help them to save the so hard-earned money, so they can work more calmly. If you have an accountant that works for you can actually help you that all of your finances are recorded legally, without losing money. This can also help you to avoid some further big troubles.

What actually an accountant can do for you?

A CPA, as a professional of the finances area, can perform several tasks for authors, and these are some of them:

  • Preparation: This professional is in charge of preparing the author’s finances, and also analyzing and interpreting them appropriately.
  • Strategies: The professional can design and manage different economic strategies, such as a financial strategy to increase an author’s earnings.
  • Interpretation: Can accurately interpret all the author’s accounting data to determine how him/her can have greater control of the finances, therefore take wise measurements.
  • Implementation: With all the data available, the professional accountant will apply the correct and appropriate accounting for managing her client’s finances.
  • Decision-making: Likewise, the accountant can participate in the decision-making processes at the management level after interpreting all of the author’s financial information.
  • Administration: They can manage the finances of their clients, as well as identify financial risks, that can be of various types.
  • Verification: At all times, the accountant will verify that all financial movements are real and comply with current tax obligations.
  • Supervision: The accounting professional is able to supervise and manage all the financial statements at a historical level, also the projections and available budgets. This helps the author know how much money he has and know what expenses can be avoided.

In general, accountants are responsible for the authors’ money and managing actions and strategies that help manage the finances of their clients in the best possible way, ensuring compliance with current regulations and laws.

certified public accountant

Why does an author need an accountant?

Many authors are enthusiastic about numbers and, oddly enough, about paperwork. However, taking care of your own finances can be risky and even bring legal consequences if the process is not done well. Here are some of the reasons any writer needs to have an accountant on hand:

Taxes can be complicated

In general terms, it could be intuited that taxes are a simple matter: taking accounts, making deductions, calculating percentages… Right? The truth is that they are more complicated than they may seem at a first impression. There also exists a series of norms and rules around all of the documentation, this must be delivered, which will avoid penalties. A certified public accountant understands all the rules, accommodate the documents, and actually complete all the paperwork accordingly, which will help you, as everything is according to the laws, to avoid any kind of problems in advance.

Better to leave the specialized job to professionals

While in theory, anyone is able to handle a pair of scissors, that doesn’t mean everyone should cut their own hair. The same applies in the case of accounting matters. Investing in an accounting professional who knows all about taxes is better than figuring things out for yourself. This provides great peace of mind and comfort in the long run without putting yourself or your finances at risk. Better yet, some accountants specialize in authors, so they know how to do their job right.

It will help you correctly calculate your deductions

Deductions help reduce the amount to be paid in taxes; however, if they are calculated without the proper knowledge, you can fall into tax evasion, which has quite severe consequences at the legal level. A public accountant will be able to carry out tax planning to make the most of all the benefits, always within the margin of the law. This will help you save money without risking tax consequences.

They help you save time

In many jobs, time is valuable. In the case of writers, time is one of their most important assets, so why spend an additional amount of time trying to understand how to fill out the forms and perform the necessary calculations? By hiring an accountant, he will take care of all the minors in the shortest possible time. Accountants are especially helpful for creatives who sincerely hate numbers or are busy all the time.

They can help you get access to financing plans

Many authors need to invest in elements to do their work more efficiently or even make investments to make their capital profitable. Accounting professionals can help you gain better access to various financing plans that suit the author’s capabilities, minimizing financial risk.  For example one of my clients writes for the local papers in Palm Beach, FL so I suggested to her to hire a accountant Palm Beach to put together a financial plan.

An accountant helps you avoid losing money

We cannot emphasize enough how complicated tax calculation can be, which is why many authors who decide to do their own calculations end up paying more than they should initially. Although there are ways to calculate taxes directly, no method is as reliable or safe as having the experience and knowledge of an accountant.

There is an accountant for every budget

Not all authors make millions from their works; however, this does not mean that they cannot invest in an accountant. There is a wide variety of accounting professionals, so it is possible to get one that suits your budget without any problem. Of course, it is essential to verify their credentials, ask for references, and make sure they have experience in the area.

Book handling

The CPA must be able to keep the accounting books properly, keeping them updated as often as necessary in each case. This includes collecting payment receipts, bank deposit receipts, analysis of financial transactions carried out, and everything essential according to your case. CPAs are trained to thoroughly analyze all finances and keep track of the money movements that are made to advise their clients properly.

The accountant can financially educate a writer

Accountants often advise their clients financially, which is very helpful. It is essential to take their advice into account since by observing and analyzing an author’s finances first-hand, can detect the areas where the money is being wasted. To help increase your clients’ profits, as well, can advise you on investments to generate more income, which is certainly quite a significant return on investment.

filing taxes for a writer

How to choose the right public accountant for you?

There are many accountants available to you, some with more or less experience in the field; however, not all will be suitable for your needs. So how can you choose the right one for you? For this, you must consider the following elements:

Study your needs

Before starting your search for accountants, you need to understand precisely why you need one and what you need it to do for you. The accountant will handle those responsibilities entrusted to him, but you need to know what you need before assigning work. These responsibilities may include managing financial books, calculating taxes, tax advice, auditing finances, and even giving financial advice.

Must have verifiable experience in your area

Just as not all doctors have the same specialties, accountants also specialize in different areas and patients. Accountants who specialize in authors and writers know how to handle their clients’ ledgers properly, plus they can educate them on their financial and tax situation. It won’t hurt to spend the time doing a little extra research to find the best expert in the field.

Certifications

The selected professional must have not only experienced but also the corresponding certifications in their area. This is because they must comply with the legal requirements due to the sensitivity of their responsibilities. An accountant must be able to issue financial reports, keep accounting books, calculate taxes, and much more, always complying with the law.

Recommendations

Public accounting professionals often handle several clients’ books and taxes simultaneously, so getting recommendations on one, in particular, can be a simple task. It is important to verify, with real clients, that the professional is good at what he does, and that he has been able to build a network of reliable clients thanks to his good service and dedicated work. The same applies if the recommendations are mostly negative; this would be an alarm signal that will indicate that it is better to keep looking.

Establish the budget that you can invest

It is useless to do an exhaustive search for a CPA if you do not have enough money to pay the fee they ask for. So it is advisable to establish the maximum budget that can be invested in this professional, to then be able to search among professionals who adapt to the economic capacities that one has.

Compare the costs

When you have the initial list of CPAs that could serve your needs, their costs and rates should be consulted. Some charge monthly fees to maintain finances and books and an additional amount for tax calculations. Others charge a single payment for services provided when they are needed or even annually. It is essential to check these details to make sure there are no surprises in this field.

Check online portals for counters

Many online tools will help you find the right meter for you. These tools not only allow you to get contacts but also to verify their reputation simultaneously such as Google Reviews. Likewise, many CPAs are active in social networks, and they can give you indications about their services if you contact them directly, which can be very beneficial.

Make an initial consultation

Once you have one or more accountants selected and verified their experience in the field, an initial consultation is necessary. Many accountants offer this first consultation for free. This is when you will conduct a short interview to find out what she has to say about her personal experience, ask her about additional services, and what she can do for you. This first consultation can give you very revealing data regarding the accountant’s services and if it is the most suitable for you.

initial meeting with accountant

Questions you can ask an accountant to determine if they are right for you to include the following:

  • How much do you charge for your professional services?
  • What services are covered by your costs?
  • Why should I choose you as an accountant over someone else?
  • What will communication be like between us, and by what means?
  • What experience do you have in my area of work?
  • What additional services can you offer me?
  • What areas will we handle and discuss frequently?
  • What are the main mistakes your customers make?
  • What guarantee can you give me that I will not lose the deadlines?

These questions will undoubtedly help you clarify whether this CPA is the right one for your needs or not, do not be afraid to ask. The professional will answer you without problems because his main interest is to be able to capture a new client and establish a relationship of trust between the two.

There must be clear communication between you and your accountant

No matter how much you know about ledgers, taxes, and finance, the accountant you choose should be able to speak clearly to you and make you understand precisely what they need from you. For this, they must have the necessary experience and ability to communicate with you without making you feel inferior or incapable.

If the accountant you plan to hire makes you feel ignorant or pretends that you know as much about the subject as he or she does, or makes you feel uncomfortable, it is not recommended that you hire him. This is because, although this professional has extensive experience, they will not be able to establish a relationship of trust with you. Would you be able to let someone you do not trust personally handle your money? If the answer is no, then it’s time to keep looking.

The right accountant for you

Knowing the full range of services that the accountant provides, their rates, personality, experience, certifications, and reputation, it is possible to hire the best CPA for your financial needs.

Rules for Writing Good Content for a Palm Beach Gardens, FL Locksmith’s Website

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Overview

When you are choosing a career, you should think about the market first. Choosing to be a locksmith is a highly skilled and rewarding career. It carries immense opportunities for growth. By choosing such a high demand career, you will be able to earn a steady income, and you will be able to grow and expand.

Palm Beach Gardens is a vibrant destination that attracts people from all over Florida, and indeed, the US. There are several activities hosted by the city including the following:

-Golfing at the Honda Classic

-Shopping at the malls

-Playing baseball

-Work opportunities with established companies such as Biomet and Belcan

-Gated communities

In such a vibrant and busy environment, the locksmith will always have work to do, and clients making a call. It is common for one to experience lost or stolen keys. In addition to that, locking one out of the car is common. When people buy a new home, they take time to handle the issue of the locks. Simply put, there will be many situations where one will need a locksmith. Therefore, rarely would a locksmith be out of work.

However, like any other trade, being a locksmith can attract stiff competition. Business owners must desire to attain a competitive edge in the market and stand out among the peers. This is more so when it comes to speculation and prediction of the market. There is all the likelihood that more locksmiths will enter the market.

One of the most effective strategies of standing out among the others is through Search Engine Optimization (SEO). At the center of SEO is the need to have high quality content that will stand the test of time. This article will guide you on the rules for writing good content for your Locksmith Palm Beach Garden.

Rules for writing good content for Palm Beach Gardens, FL locksmith’s website

There is no template on writing good content for your business. Every content strategy is vulnerable to the needs and preferences of the business. In connection to this, you cannot copy and then paste a strategy that is used by other businesses. It is best to have your own strategy based on the reality of your business and the problems that are going to be solved. That notwithstanding, there are unique ways on writing good content for your Locksmith Palm Beach Garden.

Research Before Writing

It is important that you carry out comprehensive research on what you want to write about. Writing content without proper research has been likened to shooting in the dark. As you do your research, you are going to identify what is of value to the reader and discard what is inaccurate or inconsequential. There is nothing that alienates the reader than reading information which is subjective and not based on facts. Remember, you are competing against many others, and the better the research, the better the outcomes.

Florida does not have a shortage of research opportunities. You do not have to pay for research; you just need to put some little effort. When you are preparing your content, the following sources of data and information will help you write informed content:

 

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-What your customers are saying about your locksmith services, eg their complains or their willingness to make referrals

-Rolling out a customer’s survey

-Reading from the internet (this should be done with caution, and one should only select reputable sources)

-Data from the local authorities

-Research consultants in the Miami Metropole (you will have to pay for this option)

-Data from the university (eg University of Miami)

Having stated that, do not be in a hurry to carry out research. The process of research takes time and effort. Be keen to notice the trends facing Locksmith Palm Beach Garden and think about the most appropriate responses. In connection to this, collaborate with other locksmiths in order to understand the challenges facing the industry.

Choosing the Right Topic

Coming up with the right topic is perhaps one of the most difficult things that a writer can do. Have a habit of creating titles, and then modifying them as they adapt to the content. Note that some titles have made the readers lose interest. Other titles are seen as overly complex thereby pushing away the reader. By the end of the day, the topic matters a lot and its role cannot be underestimated. Bear in mind that readers are going to make decisions based on the topic. Therefore, you cannot afford to go wrong at this stage.

The Use of Keywords and Research Intent

Prior to exploring the keywords and the research intent, it is important to understand the consumer buying process because that is where it all starts (this is otherwise known as the buying decision process). The process starts with the recognition of the need, and the need is triggered either by internal or external stimuli. The consumer proceeds to making an internet search. The consumer, then, evaluates the options available. The consumer makes the purchase decision, and lastly the consumer meets the post-purchase experience.

Having stated that, you can attract the interest of the online visitor from the second stage (making a search). Consumers will look for a product or service using specific keywords, which captures there search intent. When creating content, try as much as possible to stick to the original keywords. Avoid the use of too many keywords as this will stretch your content strategy.

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The Use of Local SEO

The business of a locksmith highly depends on the local market. Therefore, you need to use content that resonates with the local people. If you need to resonate to the local cultural groups, then you should do so. Palm Beach is known for its cultural mix, and the business owner should be sensitive to culture. When you are preparing content for local SEO, be sure to incorporate words such as locksmith near me. This is because clients looking for a locksmith would not want to call a professional who is not in the vicinity.

Improve the Readability of Your Content

There are several ways through which you can improve the readability of your content. One of the best ways of doing this is tailoring your content to fit a skimming audience. The use of shorter sentences is better than the use of long and complex sentences. It has been noted that readers are alienated by long paragraph as their concentration span does not support such long paragraphs. Therefore, have a limit on the number of lines for every paragraph. What is important is to keep the reader interested as long as possible and to retain his attention.

Content creators like highlighting what are most important to a piece of content. This can be done through bolding, the use of various sub-headings, the use of brackets for explanation, and the use of transition words. This gives the reader an important take-away. It can also help address information which is deemed difficult or controversial.

By improving the readability of your content, you are enhancing your brand. For example, your content will help you to solidify your reputation compared to the peers. In connection to this, have a habit of interacting with your clients in real time. If you do this, you are going to understand how the clients respond to your content, and the basis for future improvement.

The use of a meta-description

A meta-description does not necessarily influence the ranking of a page in the search engines. However, they have a great bearing on the probability of clicking a page. Typically, this snippet should be under 160 characters and it should be a short description of what the rest of the content is about. It should carry the rationale of the paper and the expected thematic issues that the reader will experience.

If your meta-description contains grammatical errors, then your content will be deemed of low quality, and therefore not reputable. It is advisable that you write a meta-description in the active voice. However, business owners should realize that it is not all the times that the search engines present the meta-description as designed. This notwithstanding, you should not shy away from their use because of their inherent benefits.

Call-to-action

Your content should have a well-articulated call to action that should help your business achieve conversion. Such a strategy should capture the attention of the reader. A good call to action for a Locksmith Palm Beach Garden entails the following:

-Your education, skills, and experience

-Skills, education, and experience of the members of staff (if you have any)

-The years of experience (calculated from the year the business was founded)

-Types of services offered (commercial or residential)

-Availability (the assumption here is that you will be available 24/7, locksmiths must be ready to attend to emergencies anyway)

-Your pricing structure

-Stating that you are licensed and certified

-Any offers available

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Refreshing Your Content

It is very important that stale content is refreshed in order to inject freshness to the content. For example, the prices of products and services do change with time. Therefore, ensure that the content is updated accordingly.

Similarly, as a locksmith, you are going to experience better technology in your line of work. In such a case, then, ensure that you keep your reader updated. In fact, this is going to enhance your reputation as it shows your high level of professionalism.

There are some cases where business owners decide to revamp their entire content. Whereas this is expensive, it is worth it in the end. This is because it helps the audience to be updated with critical information. In addition to that, the reader does not read outdated content.

Analyze Your Competitors

In business, you should evaluate what your competitors are doing and this is an effective way of checking what works, and what does not work. This is otherwise known as competitive analysis. This will help you know the type of content that is likely to trend at any given time. In addition to that, it will help you identify the successful strategies that your competitors are doing.

However, do not do something which is illegal or unethical. For example, do not tarnish the name of your competitor. At the same time, do not create a public relations crisis targeting your competitor. You could face a lawsuit based on compromising the reputation of another business.

Who Should Write Your Content?

There are three main options for writing content:

-You can write content all by yourself

-You can have an in-house SEO agency

-You can outsource your writing work to either a writer or an external SEO agency

Not many locksmiths have large firms. In fact, many locksmiths are a one-man one business workforce. In such a case, the temptation is to write content all by oneself. Whereas you may be a good locksmith, you may not be a good writer. Therefore, you may consider hiring another person to handle the writing. It is understandable that taking an in-house SEO agency is expensive, but it is good to consider outsourcing your writing work.

Outsourcing will enable you to get writing products prepared by professionals. With outsourcing, you do not have to get worried about the content, and you can concentrate on the day to day running of your business. In addition to that, you are going to enjoy the services of a team which is experienced in the writing market.

Conclusion

If the current statistics are anything to go by, Palm Beach, Florida will continue to grow. Therefore, you should strategically position yourself to secure a portion of the locksmith market. If you write good content, constantly, you are going to realize optimal outcomes for your business. Having a good content strategy is not going to take place in a day. You need to be persistent and patient. Overall, the ability to write good content is indispensable in promoting the services of Locksmith Palm Beach Garden.