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Competitions FTW!

Entering competitions is rewarding for writers of all levels, as Esther Newton discovers

With many writing competitions costing up to £8 or more to enter, is it really worth it? Enter three or four a month and you could find yourself spending £30 or so, with nothing to show for it. Even if you’re named as a winner or runner-up, does it lead anywhere? As a writing tutor, I hear many of my students complaining that they can’t afford to keep entering competitions and even if they do, they don’t feel they’ll get anywhere or that it’ll do anything for them.

So why enter?

As a winner of past Writing Magazineand Writers’ Newscompetitions, amongst others, I know first-hand how special writing competitions are. Doing well in a competition changes how you think about your writing. It gives it authority, whether you’re shortlisted or win. Succeeding in competitions made me realise that I could write and that if my writing was good enough to win such well-known competitions, then it was good enough to send out to editors.

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WIN!! More than £500,000 of writing prizes in your free Competition Supplement, with information about hundreds of writing competitions for you to enter in 2017 Find out how you can apply the winning formula to your writing: • How to win writing competitions • Short story structure made simple • Reach 'The End' of your novel Also in this issue, read our star interview with bestselling 'Me Before You' author Jojo Moyes on writing romance the modern way, and find out if crowdfunding might be the smart new way to publish your book. • Writers News is 20 packed pages of news you can use, including 30 paying markets and 51 opportunities to get your writing into print. asasaasasasass

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