Arranging a short story writing competition on a certain theme can yield many interesting and well-written entries. It is important to announce the competition well in advance so that the participants have time to write their short stories. Often the number of people who send in entries to this type of competition is quite small because it takes a while to write a short story. The competition can be linked to many different research areas.
Target group: Broad, flexible.
Preparations: Decide on a format for the entries and how they will be submitted and judged. Decide on a suitable prize and a format for the prize giving. Market the competition.
Challenges: Marketing the competition so that enough entries are submitted. Finding a good format for the prize giving and getting people to attend it.
Benefits: Easy to organise and may result in good, well-written short stories on the theme.