Besides entering writing competitions, Emma has been pleased to judge quite a few too. This has allowed her to see a huge variety of work from those who are hopeful of achieving publication.
Short story competitions are her favourite and she encourages those wanting to learn about writing to enter these, even if their long term goal is to write novels. Writing short stories is more valuable than many people realise and helps authors really learn about making every word count. The same applies to competitions that only ask for the first thousand words of a novel or just the first chapter.
If you are interested in writing, don’t miss the opportunity to enter competitions. Not only do they give you a goal with a deadline, they teach you about the business side of the writing world as they expect manuscripts to meet formatting guidelines set out in the conditions of entry, just the same as publishers do when they open for submissions.