How to win a writing competition

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My ‘How to Win a Writing Competition’ FREE course will be available when the next Hysteria Writing Competition adventure starts on 1st April 2022

Do you want to learn what it takes to win a writing competition? This FREE course starts in April 2022, sign up now to get a free e-copy of Hysteria 8 to help inspire your own writing journey.

You’ve entered your short story, flash fiction or poetry to all sorts of writing competition but the ultimate prize has always eluded you. You read the winning entries and wonder what they had that you didn’t, what made them stand out, whilst you faded into the background. Sometimes it’s obvious, even you would have picked them out for top spot, but most of the time it’s hard to tell why they won and you didn’t.

To help you, and in conjunction with this years’ Hysteria writing competition, I’m hosting a series of monthly conversations with past winners of the competition to help you work your own magic.

There’s no cost to join and by the end of you will know more about what it takes to win a writing competition, putting you in a better position to do just that.


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