What are you looking for in a winning entry?
Does the story display its main idea in a creative way that displays the writer’s imagination and originality?
Does the story make use of the authors unique writing style?
Do the story ideas consistently flow from beginning, middle and end?
Does the story keep within the word limit?
Does the story make use of English grammar rules such as spelling and punctuation?
Does the story have and identifiable and developing plot with a clear conflict that escalates towards a resolution or conclusion?
Does the story contain the main components of good storytelling:
compelling characterization with intriguing and relatable goals,
consistent plot making use of the appropriate amount of tension,
the use of literary devices, and a good 'hook' beginning sentences that draws the reader?