The only way it could be better is if the award could make you coffee every morning too. Getting the tone of a letter right is tough, but a simple rule of thumb is to aim for enthusiastic rather than arrogant. It is late at night, I have been reading applications every spare minute of the day, and I need to read just one more to stay on track.
Roy Gill - New Writers Awards
I pick up your application: it exceeds the word-limit, it is single spaced and in a tiny font which means it will take me twice as long to read it. The fact that the extra material rounds up the story nicely does not add to your chances of success.
I will not read these. Do: Read and follow the guidelines and meet the deadline. It may not be very exciting, but it is important.
Do: Be clear and concise in your statement and writing achievements. There should never be any danger of a panel member missing vital information about you.
Short sentences are your friends. Do: Give it a shot!
Most participants are genuinely surprised that they have been selected, and several have tried quite a few times before making it on to the awards.
And the odds are much, much better than the Lottery.
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