So far in this series on how to win writing competitions, or, (or at least, how to improve your potential for doing so), I have covered the importance of generating a good idea and developing it, turning this basic concept into something original and unique….
Tag: Writing Competitions
In this second article in the Writing Competitions – Want to Win series, I am going to discuss repetition in story ideas. It happens more often than you might think and while it’s absolutely fine to reinvent an idea, it should only be considered a starting point.
I’ve been a writing competition judge for many years, even before I started up the Creative Competitor and we have been going strong for over ten years now….
Winning writing competitions, it’s easy if you know how. There are vital elements to winning, enthusiasm, passion for the written word, story-telling, idea generation…..
As much as we hate to burst the bubble of creativity, here is a heartfelt plea to all competition writers everywhere. Please, please, please do read the rules. We see some wonderful submissions but of late, many do not adhere to the rules. We try to keep the rules as basic as possible but they are there for a reason. They provide a level playing field for all writers irrespective of publishing experience – so that everyone has the same chance.
Don’t make silly mistakes with your writing competition submissions. Read the rules…
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…
It didn’t really matter what the doctor had said to her. She was slowly going mad and that was that. There wasn’t even a reason as to why she was hallucinating.
Want an up-to-date list of our new writing contests? Well here it is.
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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 Entries must be original and previously unpublished.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: 25th July 2012
Entry fee: £3.00 or FREE to Premier1 Members
To win this fabulous writing competition, all you
1st Prize: £75.00
2nd Prize: £50.00
3rd Prize: 3 Months Premier1 Membership
Closing date: June 30th 2012
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
To win any one of our three fantastic prizes, simply create the opening page to a young adult fiction story and send to us. There is no set word count but please note that your entry must fit onto one A4 page including the title.
3rd Prize: £100.00
4th Prize: £75.00
Closing date: May 25th 2012
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.
1st Prize: 150.00
3rd Prize: £75.00
4th Prize: 3 months Creative Competitor Premier1 membership
Closing Date: 7th April 2012
Entry fee: £3.00
Are you a Creative Competitor Premier1 Member? You can enter for free.
Using the photo for inspiration, create a story that depicts a man on a journey by train, but a journey to where?
Using the photo published online for creative inspiration, your story must be about a man in a library who chooses a book that changes his life. What the book is and why it has such an effect on him is up to you. The story must be evolve and can be emotional, action-packed, mysterious or indeed take any shape that you like.
This free to enter writing competition required writers to create a story based on the photo and to then submit a summary of the overall story with a maximum of 300 words.
1st Prize: £200
2nd Prize: £150
3rd Prize: £100
4th Prize: e-Coaching Session
5th Prize: 3 Creative Competitor Months Premier1 membership
Closing Date: March 3rd 2012
Entry fee: £3.50 or free to Premier1 Members
Can you craft a story that contains a unique twist at the end? If yes, you have just 1500 words to enthrall and surprise us.
Write a detailed character profile using the photo published on this page for inspiration. We want to know everything there is to know about your character. Bring him to life by adding rich layers of detail to the profile.
Flash Fiction Writing Competition1st Prize: £150.00
2nd Prize: £100.00
New Year Moods Poetry Competition
Closing date: January 5th 2012
Time stands still, a hushed sense of age old lore with well-trodden footpaths leading out to the dense greenery around me. Trees arch up to the skylight where slivers of summer sunlight spread a golden hue through the dense vegetation. The forest floor from my tranquil viewpoint is cool and shady
Fancy winning yourself an early Christmas present? How does our top prize of £200 sound? All you have to do to win any of our fantasticwriting co
Write a story around the woman in the photo. You can be as creative as you like with your interpretation of the image but you only have 300 words (excluding the title) to impress us.
The man that lay in the hospital bed slipped in and out of being her Grandfather, there were glimpses of recognition when he opened his bright blue eyes, now cloudy with dementia…
We asked you to write the next line of dialogue using this photo for inspiration. You had just 50 words. Congratulations go to Pauline Leech with her winning entry..