I’ve long been a proponent of contests when it comes to getting your work published. They’re a great way to get your manuscripts before editors and agents and avoid that dreaded slushpile.
If you’re looking for a good contest location, check out Writer’s Digest. They regularly hold contests over a variety of topics, genres and skill levels. One of my recent favorites is the “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest. The niche changes regularly so all you have to do is wait until one comes along that works for you. (It’s free, too!)
The current contest is for middle grade fiction. If you have a book along the lines of what I write with the Commander Kellie and the Superkids or Amazing Laptop series, this one might be a good one for you…I’ll be entering an unpublished manuscript, too!