Join and Win Writing Competitions
Have you been thinking of writing a story or a novel, always tempted to join a writing competition every time you see an ad in the internet? Maybe you got what it takes to be writer and all that you need is a little confidence. Why don’t you try having a crack at it and start clicking away at your keyboard!
Here are some very basic and important things to know and follow to guide you in your endeavour.
• Do your homework. Writing is not as easy as you think. Carrying a great plot or some idea of a story in your head does not really cut it. It takes a lot of hard work to finish and create a well-crafted story that you can be proud of. First you have to go back to English 101, assess your capacity, and it really helps if you are going to be honest with yourself.
• Try to do what you have to if you need to work more on your vocabulary, grammar and spelling and brush up on your language skills and learn how to properly express your thoughts into words. Go online; you will get quite a number of hits that you can choose from that can help you improve these skills.
• Research, read and try to know all about the ins and outs of writing and about writing competitions. What judges look for, the methodical steps on how they judge and the technical requirements they look for. Always keep them in mind and use it as a guide when you write your story. Knowing all this can give you a huge advantage.
• Take note what type of writing competition you are entering. Bold unconventional style of writing may work if you are writing for passion and pleasure. But if you are entering a competition do not throw away the rule book in writing, know and always stick to the traditional standard of excellence in writing, especially those sponsored by universities and academic institutions. If it is a literary competition then write one that focuses on language and creativity. Better yet, it is probably best if you research more on each type to know more about them and which type you would prefer to compete on.
• Writing competitions usually have themes that are set by the organizers or sponsors, make sure your story line clearly shows that it adheres to it.
• The title should always be impressive and interesting to create a positive impact on your whole work, and it definitely helps your chances to be chosen as it creates a first impression on the judges.
• If you are writing a short story always use the right tense, and it is always better that it is written from a single point of view to avoid confusion.
• Think out of the box. Write something different and fresh that is uniquely interesting and original. Judges have to go through hundreds of entries and it is always an advantage if you manage to make an impression that will make you stand out among the rest of the contestants.
• If the names of the judges are posted, it is wise to know more about them. By learning more about their work and interest, you will have an idea what to write about and focus.
• Proofread, proofread, and proofread some more. Do not stop until you are sure everything is perfect then proofread again. Read your work aloud so you will know how it sounds.