This competition will be of interest to writers. Bear in mind the value of the Writers' and Artists' Yearbooks.
Reading your work out loud is one of the simplest methods of detecting where your writing is in danger of rambling, or has sentence structures that sound awkward or dialogue that comes across as unnatural. Stand up while you read and project your voice. Try it, it really works.
In the bookstore I asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self- help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.