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Day five of the countdown to the deadline for Paragram Paradox Prize entries and our tip for today is to thoroughly re-read the rules for entry.

At Paragram we aim to make everything as straight forward as possible and to keep our rules to a minimum. Those we do have are there either to make your life easier or to lighten the load for the readers, judges, editors, and everyone else involved in the running of our competitions and production of the Paragram anthologies.

The full rules can be seen here and we would recommend that every entrant has a quick and final read through before pressing the send button on their entry.

You have worked too hard on your entries to let yourself down at the end of the process and have your work placed on the ‘no’ pile because of what amounts to an administrative error.

Reading and following rules is a necessary task whatever competition writers enter or submissions they make to journals or magazines. Everyone has their own way of proceeding and it is essential to follow all guidelines publishers may set down.

As creative types we probably see this as a chore but our success will often depend on our ability to organise and follow through with ‘admin’ work as well as with our writing.

Word counts, deadlines, ways to submit and pay are not put in our path as obstacles but are necessary to publishers for the smooth running of their side of the business.

So…now your piece has been inspected by an ‘outsider’ and you have interrogated your title to make sure it is perfect for your piece  re-read those pesky rules.