Can You Submit the Same Piece to Different Contests?

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Q: Is it advisable to submit the same work (essay, short story, etc.) to multiple writing contests at the same time? What if the work is accepted simultaneously by two different contests? Is there any obligation to notify both parties? —Dena M.

A: Unless the contest guidelines specifically state that you can’t, you can submit away. There’s no need to notify contest officials if your piece has been selected by more than one. The lone reason to contact them is if you sell the piece you entered after submitting, because some competitions accept only unpublished work—although I think most writers would be thrilled to have to make that phone call.

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