Creative Story Contest Tips
stories. All kinds of stories, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, etc. It doesn't
matter what kind of story you write, write it well. Make it interesting.
Make sure it has a beginning, middle and and end. (Beginning: introduce
your character and present a problem. Middle: the character tries to solve
the problem and fails. End: the character finally solves the problem in
some way....doesn't have to be a happy ending.)
to see hundreds of these stories. What will we look for? Well, we're looking
for clever, original ideas, things we didn't see coming, but are not weird
just to be weird. And no, they don't have to be weird at all. Write your
story in a way that makes it stand out to us, something memorable we'll
notice out of all the other stories.
story first, without worrying about word counts or even grammar. Get the
idea down first. Then put it away for a day. When you come back to it,
you'll see it more clearly. Giving it a day will help you take off the
writer's hat and put on the editor's hat.
be writing in another language, it's best to stick to vocabulary and grammar
you know how to use. Sure, add in a new word or two, but you should feel
comfortable with the words you're using. Remember, you're not allowed
to use a translator to translate it for you. It really is obvious when
you do and your story will be disqualified if you use one. Put it in your
own words as best you can using as much of the language as you know. It's
less about how much of the language you know and more about the creativity
of your story.
story aloud. Sometimes hearing it will point out something that doesn't
sound right. It can also help you catch the little mistakes that your
mind skips over when it reads silently.
your teacher can't help you on your story, your friends can give you feedback.
Find students in your class who can help you polish your story.
spelling. Check whether your verbs go with the subjects. Check whether
your adjectives go with the nouns they are describing. Check your word
order. While this isn't a grammar test, you want to use the best grammar
you can so we don't miss what your story is saying. If we have two stories
that we like equally well, we'll choose the one with the better grammar.
Give yourself the best shot by polishing your story as much as you can.
a title! The title doesn't count in the maximum word count, but you need
to have one. Not only will it help us out when we're looking at so many
stories, but it should be something that makes us want to read the story.
can make or break a story. Give it a good ending, okay? It's the last
thing in our minds about your story and it will be what helps us decide
whether yours makes it to the top 10 or not. Spend some time thinking
about how to end it.
if your story is 301 words (according to MS Word 2010), you'll be disqualified
so be careful about the word count!
to you! Do your best and maybe you'll be one of the winners!
registering for the Spanish February 2013 Contest!
Noon Eastern Time
February 28, 2013
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February 1, 2013
we receive more than 300 stories, the cash prizes will double!