My Writing Journey Competition

My Writing Journey Competition

The My Writing Journey Competition is free to enter and open to writers from around the world.

Write us a 600-word essay on the theme: The best writing tip I’ve ever received.

We’ll publish the best piece in our newsletter and on our blog – plus the winner receives $200 (R2 000 or £100).

CLOSING DATE: 31 December 2024

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  • Send in your entry in the body of the email, not as an attachment.
  • Use the subject line ‘My Writing Journey Competition’ in your email.
  • Entries must be no more than 600 words and must be the author’s original work.
  • Use Times New Roman size 12 or Arial size 11.
  • Entry is free.
  • All submissions and enquiries can be sent to Nichola:
  • The competition is open to any writer living anywhere in the world.
  • Only one story per entrant is allowed.
  • Prizewinners will be notified via email as well as on our website; please ensure you supply a valid email address with your entry.
  • Writers retain full copyright over their work.
  • The judges’ decision is final; no disputes will be entered into.
  • If your entry has not been acknowledged within three working days, please contact us as your email may have got lost in transit.
  • Absolutely no generative AI to be used (ChatGPT etc.). If we deem stories were not written by a human they will be excluded.
  • The Writers College reserves the right to extend the competition deadline or cancel the competition should the entries not be of publishable quality or up to the required standard.

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Here’s an anthology of the 22 best prize-winning essays from our ‘My Writing Journey’ Competition over the past decade. The anthology offers 100 pages of timeless writing advice and heartfelt personal stories from talented writers from around the world.

Edited by our graduate copy-editing student Emma Hager, cover design by Andrea Vanek, and type-setting by Koos Turenhout, this e-book makes a perfect gift. Whether it’s for you, or for your writer friends, download your free copy today.

22 Best Essays