Creative Writing – Entering Writing Competitions

Tips and exercises from an entrant and insider (judge and co-organiser).
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 37 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

These fourteen lectures highlight key aspects of entering writing competitions, and include a variety of insider tips followed by a dozen competition-related exercises.

The course is taught via video slides with clear audio narration from a native English speaker who is not only a writer but also a freelance editor, blogger, and creative writing tutor for a variety of clients. Terminology is simple, ideal for those for whom English is a second language.

Depending upon the student's timeframe, the course, without pausing the video, lasts just over half an hour. If completing one exercise per day, however, the course could last a couple of weeks.

No specific materials are required other than pen / pencil and paper or blank document. All slides and mentioned handouts are provided as downloadable documents.

If you have no prior creative writing knowledge, this course will provide a strong foundation on which to build a body of work. If you already have some knowledge, it will refresh those skills and improve your confidence going forward.

Accompanying 'writing tips' and 'editing your fiction' courses provide tips and exercises concentrating on sparking creativity and improving writing skills, aimed at writers of any age and experience.

What are the requirements?

  • There is no prior knowledge or preparation required in order to start this course. Pen and paper or a blank document is sufficient.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Confidently apply the tips to their writing and be prepared to submit bodies of work.
  • Have created over a dozen new pieces.
  • Understand how competitions work.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for any writers regardless of their current level of knowledge.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction and information

Introduction for a clearer understanding of the course content.


For a clearer understanding of competitions' rules.


Considering who is judging the competitions.


How to prepare for competition submission.


Looking at themes, titles and what to avoid.


Polishing your writing before you submit.


For a clearer understanding of competition from a judge's and organiser's view.


An explanation as to why there are entry fees, and the benefits of writing competitions.


Morgen checks in to see how you're getting on.


Highlighting opportunities for submission.

Don't write to shock
1 question
Section 2: Writing Competition Exercises

Exercises inspired by emotions, and 100-word Drabbles.

1 question

We are looking at word count for this question.


Exercises inspired by overheard conversations, the future and t-shirt slogans.

1 question

This asks about the t-shirt logo mentioned in exercise six.


Exercises inspired by poetry, politics, magic and prior competition themes.

1 question

Who were mentioned?


Exercises inspired by five senses, previous competition theme and 'the end'.

1 question

A question about the 2013 theme.


Morgen asks whether you've had a good time.

Section 3: Conclusion

Analyse the course content and where to go next.

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Instructor Biography

Morgen Bailey, Creative writing tutor, writer, blogger and freelance editor

Hello. I'm Morgen With An E, a writer for over ten years (although I do remember writing a story about an ampersand when young and dabbling with limericks in my 20s, and I've always had my head in a book; formerly Stephen King but my tastes have softened somewhat… to crime and humour). Apart from killing people on paper, I also blog, am a freelance editor, and tutor for Northamptonshire County Council's Adult Learning team providing evening / Saturday creative writing and I.T. classes to the general public aged 19+.

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