Here are 14 tips on writing for competitions from WritingCalendar.com that I wanted to share with all writers, or in fact, anyone working on anything:
1. Read the rules and follow them.
But rules are made to be broken, right?
2. If you send off for more information always include an SAE.
That's fair enough
3. Don't play chicken with the closing date.
Deadlines are really not my strong point. I do play chicken
4. If there's a theme, use it.
Oops. So you mean I can't just send my story with its theme EVERYWHERE?
5. Keep to the word count.
Okay. Just five or ten more doesn't count
6. Don't publicly slag off the competition because you lose or aren't placed above someone who you think is a poorer writer.
Oh right, you mean like Jacqueline Howett? http://booksandpals.blogspot.com
7. Use a typewriter or wordprocessor.
I can do that
8. Spell check and punctuate.
Now, that's where the wordprocessor is a bonus
9. Don't pester the organisers.
Of course not, I'll just give them a quick call...
10. Don't use fancy fonts, coloured paper, or attach balloons etc.
Some Marks + Sparks chocolates?
11. Make sure you attach enough stamps and use a decent sized envelope.
Weighing it means queuing at the post office and at 5.30pm the queue is all the way down the road... Do I have to?
12. Include your contact details.
My facebook page?
13. Never give up your copyright.
14. Keep trying.
Finally, we've cut to the chase.