Writing Competitions – How To Win

At the end of our second short story competition, I put together these guidelines based on comments from our readers and administrators about what makes them want to recommend – or throw out – a competition entry. Some of these points may seems obvious but it really is worth checking your entry to see how Continue reading

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The Long And The Short Of The Short Story

Congratulations! You’ve plucked up the courage to enter a short story competition. You’ve had a go at a few short stories in the past and you’ve been wanting to tackle a novel for ages, but the idea was way too daunting so you’ve just shoved that to the bottom of your life’s “To Do” list. A short story is a much better idea, isn’t it? It’s just like writing a Continue reading

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How Not to Win Short Story Competitions

Having run Short Story competitions for the past few years I feel I am somewhat qualified to guide eager story writers along the path to prizes by avoiding those major pot holes that so many fall into.

1. Don’t Read The Rules. As soon as I take a story out of its envelope I can tell if the writer has Continue reading

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Title Your Short Story Right

No matter how fantastic the short story you have written may be, without a catchy title the chances are good that an editor will not read it. The title is the most important part of the story as this is what first captures Continue reading

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Getting Your Short Fiction Published – The Hard Truth

The short story market is one of the hardest to break into. There are thousands of well-known writers pumping out short fiction, and thousands more just like you, struggling to get themselves published for the first time. But there are several things you can do to set yourself apart from the rest and start Continue reading

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