So you’ve written your piece to enter the Hysteria Writing Competition 2016? If you haven’t, you’ve still got three weeks in which to do this. You still have time to start and complete a piece, if you crack on with it. If you’ve already finished your poem, flash, or story, then it won’t do any harm to go back over it and check those finishing touches.
Whatever you are writing for this competition, make sure your piece has honourable intentions. By this I mean, make sure your entry has a point, a story, something to say. A competent use of grammar, a way with words, a quirky style is a good start, but it isn’t enough. You need to leave the judges with an impression that is hard to shake. You need to give your piece of writing a life that will go on after they have finished reading.
Here’s a few things to think about when starting out or redrafting.
One of the most important questions you need to ask yourself when writing fiction, whether prose or poetry, is ‘Where are We?’ The reader needs to know where they are in time and place in order to navigate through the narrative, in whatever form that takes.
For this blog I want to talk about that elusive thing: subtext.
Subtext is the magic ingredient that can add layers and depth to any piece of writing. It can make your story, flash, or poem rise like a fluffy fairy cake. Without it, your story, flash, or poem, might just remain flat, with or without a soggy bottom. (Yes, that is a really bad metaphor but imagery and symbolism have their part to play in subtext, to which I will return.)
I was thrilled when Linda asked if I’d like to be writer in residence for the Hysteria Writing Competition 2016. Hysteria is now an established part of the literary calendar and I am proud to be associated with it and to start I thought I’d tell you my top 7 tips for entering writing competitions.
Here at the Hysteria Writing Competition we like to try and promote all the lovely ladies who help us out. One of the ways we do this is with a special interview. In previous years, the interview questions we used focused more on writing, however this year I realised that really, they needed to have as much a focus on reading. First up, for our interviews is this year’s Writer in Residence, Sophie Duffy.