Young Writers’ Competitions and Opportunities

It’s that time of year  to flex your writing muscles and get your entries in to the fantastic number of competitions and exciting opportunities open to young writers right now. You’ll find further details and some cool new resources on my Young Writers’ Resources page, such as writing residencies, including: three great KSP places in WA, the Ray Koppe Residency – offering a week at Varuna Writers’ House; writing conferences, including:  CYA Hatchlings  combined with the full CYA program in July 2013 and  the National Young Writers Festival blasting off in October 2013, plus lots more competition details, events and workshops.

All fabulous opportunities to get your writing in front of judges, publishers and selection panels and there’s some not insignificant cash prizes going.

So get those stories and poems in fast for those comps closing soon.

Some tips for success:

  • Follow submission guidelines (exactly)
  • Redraft, redraft, redraft
  • Read your work aloud to pick up jars and jolts and to check for rhythm
  • Vary your sentence structure
  • Be strenuous at spell-checking and proofreading
  • Flick off that fear goblin nagging on your shoulder. If you’ve put in the work – it’s ready. Repeat – flick and submit.

If anyone reading here knows of any writing opportunities or competitions for young writers, not listed on the YWR page, I’d love you to leave me the details in a comment or email me the link. Thnx.

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Corinne King

Hi Chris, Great suggestions and advice here. I tried to leave a comment but the box wouldn’t let me enter anything at all. Not sure whether it’s your end or mine. C.x

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April 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm
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Hi Corinne,
Well, your comment got through regardless. So all good and always great to see you here.
I’m excited about the opportunities out there for young writers, especially at this time of year.
This page always get a fabulous response and lots of views, so it’s wonderful to know that so many young writers are looking for chances to get their work out there
Best, Cxx

April 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm

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