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For any writer, writing competitions give them a chance to go head-
There are literally dozens of competitions to enter, for both poetry and prose, all over the World and throughout the year -
Do read the competition rules carefully!
Do check your story is of the required length
Do make sure your story is in before the closure deadline or it won’t get read!
Don’t print your story off on gaudy coloured paper -
Don’t use ‘arty’ or florid fonts -
Don’t tie your story up in pink (or any other colour) ribbons.
Don’t have fancy little borders or pictures of mice/rabbits/roses/anything on the page!
Don’t bind your story, staple it (unless told to do so) or make it into ‘a book’.
Don’t justify the text -
If you follow the above advice, you will be ahead of probably a third of the entries who have done (or not done) what’s listed above. Keep it simple, read the rules and present like a professional. I’m not saying it will win the competition for you but at least it’ll get read!
I don’t pretend to be the last word in writing advice, so why not check out what others have to say? Rachel Plummer gives her own advice on
How To Write And Publish Your Novel
The next question is, of course -
The Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau (JBWB) is another site that provides a rich resource for writing competition and much more besides. Give it a try.
The National Association of Writer’s Groups (NAWG) is a UK resource group for writers and has a list of UK festivals and competitions.
Askabout writing.net lists many competitions within its pages. Updated weekly it is a very good source for writers.
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