Firstly, my daughter was entered by her school into a competition to write a mini saga in less than 50 words. Her entry is now going to be published through Young Writers in a book titled Mini Marvels which will be available at the end of April.
This was her entry.
The Beginning Or The End?
The tension was unbearable. Amy had to open
the envelope as soon as possible. She wasn't
expecting much. Her heart pounded in her chest,
everyone held their breath. Her hand ripped
open the letter. Her eyes lit up, all A's. This was
the beginning of her life!
Marian Thomas (14)
The other success is that I have just had the results back from round one of the Emerald competition, run by Romance Writer's of Australia. My first three chapters have gone into the top 15 and the complete manuscript will now go onto round two. The idea of the competition is to mirror the submission process.
Entering competitions is extremely useful, especially when you get feedback from the judges as you do with Romance Writer's of Australia. This enables you to see your strengths and weakness through a reader's eyes.