I've been entering competitions for ages, and have learned that research into what's currently winning has been very important, as well as what the judges themselves like to write. Then, of course, every word of every entry rule has to be obeyed!
As a result, there have been a number of prizes with limericks, flash fiction and short stories.
In Southampton's first Festival of Words SOToSpeak1, I was surprised and delighted to receive first prize in the Writing Buddies competition in both of the categories entered: flash fiction and non-fiction. The event is happening for the second time late last year; I was pleased to be a steward at some events, and to be able to read out two of my poems on a heritage bus parked at Southampton's West Quay shopping area.
Current emphasis is on poetry competitions - more on the Poetry page.