Getting a writing credit to place on your query is hard to do. So here's a writing contest that can help. I got the following info from my SCBWI newsblog. I'm just going to paste it.
Ongoing monthly writing contest
Posted: 12 Sep 2009 03:52 PM PDT
Call for Contest Submissions: Enter your unpublished short work (under1,000) for a chance to win $50 and a notch in your publishing belt. TheStudent Choice Contest of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (alsoknown as the Whidbey Writers Workshop) is open to writers of all ages andgenres. The contest begins the first day of every month and ends as soon asthat month¹s judge receives an entry that knocks her or his socks off. Forcontest rules, visit: http://whidbeystudents.com/student-choice-contest/