There are so many short story competitions that you can enter before the end of the year. I find that it can be overwhelming. If you need help, we have a Short Cuts – how to write a short story course .
How do you choose the competition that works for you?
- Read the prompt or find out about the theme. Does it seem like something you can, or want, to attempt?
- Pick the competition that suits your writing style. If you do better with stories that are 5 000 words in length rather than 2 000 words opt for the competition with the longer word count or visa versa.
- Ignore the prize money. Some competitions have excellent prizes, but don’t force your story to become something it is not, simply to be eligible.
- Don’t try to enter them all. Less entries, mean better writing, better proofreading and better editing from you.
- Forget about winning and ignore everything I just said. It is a short story. Take a chance. Write in a new genre, try a different viewpoint. Rattle your own cage. Who knows where it will lead.
Short story competitions are unpredictable. Don’t take the results too seriously. They are great to enter and they give you a deadline. Try to have fun and write your heart out. Maybe you’ll win, maybe you won’t. It will be a great experience either way.
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