How to make a good impression

How can you make a good impression with your competition entry? Although not all competitions stipulate a writing font and size, it’s a good idea to stick with something easily legible, like Arial or Times New Roman size 12. Anything that makes it hard to read isn’t going to warm the judge to your story, and it doesn’t look very professional. If you’re entering by post, don’t use old yellowed paper you’ve found at the back of the cupboard, or coloured sheets. Neat, white paper is the order of the day. Some competitions ask entrants not to use certain formatting, presumably as it makes it easier for them to use their own formatting if they end up publishing it. Whatever their requirements, stick to them if you want a better chance of winning.

The Writing Magazine has a competition tailor made for RNA members this month, one with a love story theme. And for those of you who are good at comedy, the Funny Pearls competition might be right up your street.

Good luck to you all in your competition endeavours.

 

Click June 2020 for posts detailing further competitions closing in September.

 

 

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Rolling Competitions

 

Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest

Theme: Open, 1,000 – 3,000 words

Prizes: £300 / £150 / £100

Closing date: ongoing

Entry: £6 / £3 for subscribers

Details

 

 

Closing soon

 

The TSR Short Fiction Prize

Theme: Open, 350 words max

Prizes: $500 / £300 / £200

Closing date: 1 September 2020

Entry: $5

Details

 

Writing Magazine Love Story Competition

Theme: 1,500 – 1,700 words

Prizes: £200 / £50

Closing date: 15 September 2020

Entry: £6 / £4 subscribers

Details

 

 

October Competitions

 

The Imison Award

Theme: Audio drama script, or first episode from a series, by writers new to the medium

Prizes: £3,000

Closing date: 4 October 2020

Entry: Free

Details

 

The Raven Short Story Contest

Theme: Open, 2,500 words max

Prizes: $300

Closing date: 15 October 2020 (Opens 1 September)

Entry: $20

Details

 

Dystopian Short Story Competition

Theme: 1,500 – 1,700 words

Prizes: £200 / £50

Closing date: 15 October 2020

Entry: £6 / £4 subscribers

Details

 

The Funny Pearls Short Story Competition

Theme: Comedy, 1,000 – 2,500 words. Women entrants only.

Prizes: £200 Amazon gift card / 2 x £50 Amazon gift cards

Closing date: 30 October 2020

Entry: Free

Details

 

The Barbellion Prize

Theme: Any genre of book fiction that has spoken of the experience of chronic illness and/or disability

Prizes: £600

Closing date: 31 October 2020

Entry: Free

Details

 

CBC Short Story Prize

Theme: Open, 2,500 words max

Prizes: CAN $6,000, book published / 4 x $1,000

Closing date: 31 October 2020

Entry: CAN $25

Details

 

Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, up to 4,000 or 8,000 words

Prizes: £200 / cash and book prizes

Closing date: 31 October 2020

Entry: £4 for up to 4,000 words / £8 for over 4,000 words

Details

 

The Bedford Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 3,000 words max

Prizes: £500 / £150 / £100 plus £100 prize for a Bedford resident

Closing date: 31 October 2020

Entry: £6 / £12 for 3 stories

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Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in a dozen competitions including Winchester Writers’ Conference, Retreat West, Meridian Writing, Wells Festival Book for Children, Writing Magazine and The People’s Friend serial competition. She’s had stories and a serial published in magazines worldwide and her fourth DC Thomson pocket novel is due out in December. Her first historical saga, published by Hera Books this year, is called Heartbreak in the Valleys . Apart from the RNA, she’s also a member of the Society for Women Writers and Journalists. Francesca runs a writing blog with RNA member Elaine Roberts called Write Minds.

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