To pay for a critique or not?
Is it worth paying for a critique for your short story or novel when entering a competition? Some competitions offer them, but they can vary enormously in price. Some critique
Eye catching beginnings and anonymous characters
My first tip for short story competitions this month is true of all short stories, and that is to start with the action. There isn’t time in a piece of fiction
Francesca talks this month about keeping a record of your entries
This month I’d like to mention record keeping. I’m certain I’d have got into a right mess with my submissions without my spreadsheets. I
Make sure you always read the small print on competition rules.
In the process of researching this month’s blog, I seem to have discounted more competitions than normal. This is due to the organisers claiming
Be careful of trying to wedge a theme into, or a word count onto, an already completed story… and some good news!
Many of the short story competitions I come across have an open brief, but this month four of t
Entering writing competitions has many benefits, even when you’re in the middle of writing that novel.
Sometimes it can be hard to get a competition entry written when you’re up to your eyeballs in creating a n
Flexing our nonfiction muscles in competitions can be good practice for all the blogs and interviews we undertake as authors.
Most of you reading this will spend much of your time inventing stories for a cast of
Francesca looks at more competition rules and why it’s important to follow them
To reiterate what I wrote last month, it’s amazing how often competition rules are ignored. Is it because people don’t bother to