Some Helpful Tips for Writing Competitions

Posted on: 16th July 2014

Winning the top prize in a writing competition is an honour, a vindication; a feeling of satisfaction, and its meaning and its real worth to the writer is beyond measure. But not all participants can win this is why it is important to remember that joining a writing competition is always a learning process. Some writers that sign up actually just want to get some honest opinion or comments about their work. And this is why it is always a good idea to join competitions with optional critic, as they can impart to you some very important advice and insights that can help you improve on your skill to make you a better writer.

Writing Competitions TipsThere are opportunities in joining big writing competition. Although you have to pay some fee, it is worth it. It is not only because your work are seen and critiqued by the judges who are themselves well respected writers.  Getting yourself included in the short list or even winning the top prize can catapult you and your work to national prominence. And also it provides a good prize.

Once you have received a winning prize in a national or local competition you can level up by competing on the next level or just wanting to try to explore new horizons. Sign up for an international competition, be an international writer.

Although winning the competition is the top objective, being included in the shortlist is a big deal, recognition enough especially on big or international competitions. For a story to be considered good enough for the winning prize it is already an honour and something any writer can be proud of.

Before dreaming of international recognition, reviewing some of the basics of writing a great short story can do a lot of wonders for any struggling new writer.

•           Read and understand the rules and requirements of the competition, and preference of the organizers. Know the reasons for disqualifications. The number of words required, genre, mode of submission, and submission of fees, etc.

•           Strive to have a great and wonderful title. The title is the first thing that the judges look at. It should be provocative enough to catch the interest of judges.

•           Have a better understanding of the technical requirements of how judges look at and how they proceed in judging entries.

•           Always try to improve your writing skills, research and read on previous winners to get some idea of what judges may like.

•           If the names of judges are posted, research on them, read their work, what they read, their interest. It will give you some idea of what things interest them.

•           Constantly check your grammar and spelling. Judges are very particular so never forget to proof read your work before submitting it.

•           If you do not win, join more competitions. Try not to be bitter or disappointed. Joining competitions always adds to your experience and helps you learn each time and improve your skills.

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