The Bundaberg Writers’ Club short story competition is a biennial event.
The 2014 competition is now open and closes on 15 March 2014.
Click BWCShortStoryComp.2014 to download your entry form.
A quick, humorous word from the late Kurt Vonnegut, one of the 20th Century’s favourite short story writers. Simple, but to the point. Most of all, relevant.
Winning Competitions Tip # 4
Learn from what, and how, you read.
If you’re like me, you have a reading past simply littered with discarded stories. Perhaps we didn’t like the cover. Perhaps the blurb put us off. Perhaps the first words we read just didn’t do it for us.
We know, because we’ve been there, how easily stories can be put aside.
The other side of that coin is that we also know, if we want to think about it, how writers can’t keep everybody happy all the time. We understand how long the odds are that our brilliant, funny, touching, thrilling entry will find a judge who fully appreciates our work.
It takes courage to send our darlings out, alone in the darkness, often never to return. Luck is something over which we have no control.
But unlike the unchanging chance of winning Lotto, the odds of winning a writing competition can be significantly shortened, assuming we are ready to learn from the stories we enjoy reading.
So what do you, the writer, see in the stories you, the reader, love?
Chances are you’ll see:
- Characters you can relate to, care about and whose story is about challenges met, and perhaps overcome.
- A story that gets straight to it, without lengthy introductions.
- Backstory that’s revealed as and when necessary.
- A story with something important to say – whether about relationships, the environment, criminal activity or political chicanery, etc, etc.
In short: a story in which STUFF happens to PEOPLE you can EMPATHISE with.