Friday, 31 January 2014

How to win a short story competiton

Subject matters?
You’ve posted off the final draft of your short story to yet another writing competition, paying attention to all the ingredients you know judges look for - like structure, plot, pacing, characterisation, dialogue, and language.  But how important is your choice of subject? Will it engage your readers - or alienate them?  What themes do you intend to explore in your story? And what part does subjectivity play in the decision-making process?  After all, writing competition judges are human beings, aren’t they?........(click link for rest of article)

This is the start of my article about winning short story competitions, in the current issue of the excellent Words with JAM - packed with useful info for writers.  If you want to check it out, here is the link

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