We're excited to announce that bestselling author Lynette Creswell has joined the judging panel for our 2020 competition in the Short Story category! Best known for her bestselling Magic Trilogy, Lynette is a successful novelist and short story writer. Find out more about her work here.
Hammond House team member Alex recently spoke to her about what she wanted to see from entrants into the 2020 competition.
As a judge, what are you looking for in a short story?
As a judge, I'm looking for stories outside the box. For example, when we did the Valentine competition earlier this year, the story which grabbed my attention was about a fluffy duck and a teddy bear. This story brought a sense of nostalgia and captured the hearts of all the judges. Also, try and write a story that isn't obvious from the title. Make it mysterious. I want the story to grab me and encourage me to devour every word.
What advice would you give to people entering the 2020 competition?
I advise all contestants to check their grammar and spelling. Here's a useful tip: Try using 'Grammarly' it's a free online grammar checker that improves your text. It eliminates grammatical errors and will help you get rid of typos.
Inspired to do some writing? Find out more about the 2020 competition and enter here.