Joe Craig, author of the Jimmy Coates spy series and judge of the National Short Story Week young writer competition, has some tips for budding young writers on avoiding common creative writing pitfalls and how to stand out from the crowd. Standing out is hard. Sometimes you just want to blend in and stick with whatever everybody else is doing. Creative writing competitions are not those times. But so many of them fall into the same traps.
Being as informed and up-to-date on the specific rules will keep you from redoing your entry multiple times and help the information flow more naturally from your mind to paper. Staying organized will help your entry come off much more genuine and clear to whoever chooses the winner. Otherwise, you could find yourself writing in circles and confusing the reader. This is particularly important with design or artistic applicants. Try taking notes, highlighting important information and keeping all of the information you need in one file or online folders, such as a general CV or portfolio document.
Find Out More. Each month Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction. Competitions encourage you to dig deeper into the writing process, try out new genres and share your work with a sea of eager readers.