Getting noticed in any industry is tough, but the world of writing is even harder than most. Along with the usual advice to write a lot, read a lot and jump on all opportunities that come your way, there are a few tried and tested methods which can get you some credits on your writing CV.
One is ENTERING COMPETITIONS. Winning or being commended in any competition will obviously make you stand out (and you’ll win stuff- yey!). But competitions specifically for young people are usually about more than just prizes: often they are a route to publication opportunities, development opportunities (such as mentoring or residentials) and networking opportunities too.
And even if you’re not the winner, entering competitions is also a great way to get disciplined: it’s a reason to finish and edit your work, and to start getting used to following guidelines and submission criteria.
Most importantly, it’s fun. So be brave and submit.