Check out this bite size writing tip on entering a short story competition from this post on Esther Chilton’s blog.
Entering a short story competition? Think outside the box.
When I ran my last short story competition, a lot of entries focused on death and an apocalyptic world. Jot down several ideas. The first few will probably be themes a lot of entrants will write about. Ignore these and let your mind push you forward and onto something a little different.