…so try to avoid memoirs, monologues, poems etc. Have a plot with jeopardy, dialogue, a chain of events leading to a conclusion, hopefully unexpected.
Watch the word count
Keep your writing tight, don’t waste words - especially when writing humour.
Lights, Camera, ACTION
Don’t spend half the word count setting the scene. Get into the action as soon as possible.
Maintain the pace
Try to avoid interrupting the story flow with information dumps or back story. If the reader needs information, keep it brief and relevant. And don’t cheat by having characters tell each other information that they would already know.
Short Story Competitions
The tips on the right were gleaned from comments made by Iain Pattison when judging our competitions over recent years.It is probably worth bearing these points in mind when writing for any short story competition.