Author Archive: Annette Young
Annette Young is the editor of the Creative Competitor and a successful freelance writer. Passionate about the written word, Annette provides writing courses and a professional manuscript critique service to give up and coming writers the help they need to get into print.
If you are looking to break into freelance writing – whether on a full-time or part-time basis, there are some important characteristics that the top freelancers all share. If you can take into account and adopt some of these characteristics into your own writing, then you will stand a much better chance at becoming successful and earning money from your writing.
The social network Pinterest is growing quickly as users post images and links to a virtual pinboard.
The official definition from Pinterest:
“Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”
1st Prize: £100.00 2nd Prize: £75.00 3rd Prize: £50.00 Closing date: August 21st 2012 Entry fee: £2.00 or FREE to Creative Competitor Premier1 Members Fancy winning £100 cash in our open poetry competition? It’s easy. Simply submit your poem with a maximum of 40 lines to email@example.com and mark Open Poetry Competition in the subject [...]
By Sheila C Skillman
So important is the end, that it can spoil an otherwise excellent novel. As a regular Amazon reviewer, I have read novels thinking, This is superb. I’m going to give this novel 5 stars. And then I’ve reached the end, and my potential review slips a star.
1st Prize: £200.00
2nd Prize: £150.00
3rd Prize: £100.00
4th Prize: £50.00
Closing date: 10th August 2012
Entry Fee: £4.00
Imagine that you have witnessed a crime and your life may be in danger. This competition is all about your story-telling abilities writing the story in the first person as the crime and any potential risks unravel for the reader.
You have a maximum of 2000 words excluding the title. Entries must be original and previously unpublished. All submissions must be written in English.We prefer submissions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org please mark the title of the competition in the subject line.
1st Prize: £150.00
2nd Prize: £100.00
3rd Prize: £75.00
Closing date: 10th July 2012
Entry Fee: £3.00 or FREE to Premier1 Members
Using the photo for inspiration, write a story around the couple and create a family secret. You have only 1200 words excluding the title in which to wow us with your creativity so don’t waste a word.
We asked for an in-depth character profile using the photo for inspiration. We received a great many amazing profiles and it was a very difficult decision but the winners are…
1st Prize: £100 – Stephanie Judd
2nd Prize:£75 – Audrey Coles
3rd Prize: £50 – Brian Stevens
4th Prize: 3 months Creative Competitor Premier1 Membership – James Harwood
The Winning Profile – by Stephanie Judd
Considering requesting a writing critique? Not sure what a professional critique could do for you or that labour of love? A professional critique can quite simply make the difference between publication and rejection and it makes sense to invest in having an impartial eye to view any manuscript before it is sent to the publishers. [...]
Our Write to be Published newsletter forms a part of our Premier1 membership and provides the perfect way for you to improve your writing and to take it seamlessly to the next level.Even better, as part of our continued commitment to invest in our members, there will be more opportunities than ever to study the art of writing and to learn first-hand how to get your work to publication standard.
If you are interested in receiving writing jobs sent straight through to you by email, then sign up for our Premier1 membership and you can also get free entry to all of our writing competitions and discounts off our professional manuscript critiques or coaching and courses.
Rob rubbed his eyes wearily. They had kept him up all night the bastards. He felt unkempt, unwashed and weak with hunger. They hadn’t even got him any food and the coffee had tasted foul, it still left a bitter taste in his mouth. He knew he had been subjected to a determined campaign to break him but they hadn’t got what they wanted.
Last week I wrote that it may be much easier to win a writing competition than you might think and I wanted to follow on this week to clarify just what happens once you have submitted your entry.
All submissions get filed into a specific electronic folder the moment that they arrive in the in-box and this way, we know that we have all of the entries safe and secure for when judging begins. There is general admin work such as spending time to ensure that correct entry fees have been made and also checking the Premier membership entries are valid ones plus once reviewing starts we check that submissions do adhere to the word count rule.
It might not be as difficult as you think to win a writing competition but many people are put off by the thought that they will not be able to make their entry stand out enough to catch the judge’s eye. Rest assured that any judge will spot your entry if it reflects the theme (if any provided) and if the writing is of high quality.