When starting out on your path to publication the best way by far to improve your writing is to enter competitions and to submit your work to anthologies. This allows you to experiment with different voices and styles and get used to working towards a deadline.
Enter under a pseudonym. Enter multiple times if the T&C allows it.
Above all, write and write and write until you’ve found a voice and a style with which you’re comfortable.
Here’s a list of just a few of the many upcoming competitions and opportunities available online right now –
Wigtown Poetry Prize – closing date extended to midnight 31 May 2012
Bridport Prize – closing date 31 May 2012
Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition– closing date 9am, 4th June 2012
Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition closing date 18 June 2012
Shortbread Stories – open to entries submitted between 9 April and 17 June 2012
New Scottish Writing – submissions to next edition accepted between 1 May and 30 September 2012
Mslexia Children’s Novel Comp. – deadline 10 September 2012
Short Sentence Crime – open to entries submitted between February and November 2012
Cinammon Press – multiple competitions – check the website for deadlines
Spilling Ink Review – multiple competitions – check the website for deadlines
- Please remember to check the individual Terms and Conditions and always follow submission rules to the letter