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Short Story Tips: 10 Ways to Improve Your Creative Writing

Date of publication: 2017-09-05 18:51

In saying this we have two alternatives we had to think about. Either give all the entrants a full refund or we stick at our search to get other suitable members to fulfil an agreement which was unfortunately not filled by our previous investors.

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If you've spotted some that have closed, please let me know which ones and I'll amend the listings accordingly - any help is much appreciated. Many of the contests run annually, so those listings remain active continuously, even if they have closed this year. Please bear that in mind when using the lists :-)

Jennifer M
Dear Chris, congratulations on an absolutely brilliant resource for budding writers.  You deserve serious kudos for the time and effort you must have put in to this web-site.  Also loved your story on Ninjas and zombies. Not a word wasted.  Perfect.

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Regarding your short story, there are loads of opportunities listed on my website on the Short Story Competitions page and the Short Story Magazine page. A little research there should give you plenty of opportunities. I also run a humorous short story competition too, so that might be appropriate.

Chris Fielden
Hi Linda, I haven&rsquo t heard of WriteStars competition before I&rsquo m afraid. It looks like they only just launched this year&rsquo s competition, so I would assume it&rsquo s still running.

I am now an old man, fairly new to this writing business, looking for a home for a cracking good 5,555 word story (fiction) of mine but in a hurry as I&rsquo m well passed my expiry date. Audio Arcadia might well pass judgment on my work in my allotted time frame but can their timetable be true? Sounds fishy to me - what do you think?

Chris Fielden
Hi Yuvraj. Usually, short stories are measured by word count, not the number of pages. This is because font size, type of font, spacing etc. can make the word count of a page vary considerably.

The narrative has taken me 75 years. I don't think there is another piece to follow but I may be wrong. The journey I'd like to take is to help people through illness and into work. Against all odds I am a special needs teacher and I love my work. I don't have experience or contacts in publishing or marketing, nor do I have funds to publish the narrative alone.

Gayle C
Hi Chris, long time ago now and it just put me off, but am looking at finding a publisher for small stories. Thank you for the advice. Am trawling through my papers, (I don't throw anything away!) and have just finished your book. I enjoyed it very much and was genuinely surprised by the end.

In my experience, most competitions will accept entries from anywhere in the world as long as they are written in English. But it's best to check the rules and submission guidelines for each competition carefully to make sure, as there are some exceptions to this rule.


The Editor
Joanne Hichens, curator of the awards, is an author, editor and creative-writing teacher. She has edited four short-story anthologies, including Bloody Satisfied and Adults Only. Her third novel Divine Justice was published in 7566 her fourth is due out later this year.

An unhappily married humanities professor, making no progress with his analyst, seeks help from a magician / entertainer. The magician says he can send the man into the world of any book he wants.

Ben S
Hi Chris, thank you so much for the list! This is a great resource and has enabled me to quickly find and enter a number of competitions, and hopefully many more in the future. You've done a great service putting these lists together. So again, thank you! Ben

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