Entering a writing competition is an excellent way to improve and refine your writing. To give your story the best chance of making it into the finals, there are some obvious and not so obvious things you should be doing.

We have put together three articles you should read before submitting your entry, as well as additional resources that can help you develop your writing.
Writing Guidelines

In this article we give you eight vital elements to consider to make your story compelling:

Vital Ways To Improve Your Chances of Winning a Short Story Competition

This article covers essential editing tips that can make or break your story:

20 Essential Editing Tips

Learn how to draw in your reader with these 11 story telling skills:

Eleven Ways to Draw in Your Reader


Creative-Writing-courses at NZ Writers College Doing a writing course is an excellent way to hone your writing skills. With the help of an individual tutor, you can get your writing to a level that would otherwise take years to get to on your own. The expert guidance and experience will help draw out the best in your abilities. Explore the exciting fiction writing courses we offer.

We have many articles on writing at the NZ WRITERS COLLEGE website. Read the resources here:

Free Writing Resources

Our Writers College Blog has hundreds of articles on all aspects of writing. There is always something new to read and learn:

The Writers College Times


Reading past winners' stories will give you a good indication of what our judges like, and of what works in the context of our short story writing competition. Archived-botton

We hope to see you enter. Best of luck!