Essay contests are aimed at giving a platform for those who have a flair for writing, to practice their skills as well as showcase it. But that does not mean essay contests are limited to those who are born with the writing skill. Even if writing is not what you are best at, you can make use of essay contests to make yourself better at it. Writing a contest essay is not easy. But considering that you are participating in a contest, it is very exciting to prepare one.
Writing an essay towards an academic assignment and writing one for a contest is different. Academic essay writing can be done with the objective of performing well or even in an outstanding manner. But while writing an essay for a contest, you will be facing the task of not just writing a good or outstanding essay but the best one. Hence, your efforts towards the essay should have more enthusiasm in it.
The topics for essay contests are usually pre-assigned. But in some cases the participant is permitted to choose a topic within the given boundaries. In certain cases you will also find the guidelines coming with a choice of three of five topics from which to choose. If the topic is pre-assigned then you will be left with no choice but to deal with it. But if you are given the choice, make the best of it by putting in a bit of research before choosing the one for you.
If you have no choice but to go along with a particular topic which is not familiar to you, then instead of panicking and withdrawing, you should make the best of every minute you have. Consider the deadline before starting to write your essay and plan your schedule according to the deadline. When it comes to contest essays deadlines are fixed and not at all flexible. If you do not manage to submit your entry before the deadline, you will be disqualified. Hence the deadline is the most important thing to be considered while planning your essay writing schedule.
When topics are given, the criteria will be for you to stick to the topic as closely as possible. For that, you will need to first find a focal point from which to deal with the topic. Think of the most interesting angle. Do not go for the most discussed views unless you have something interesting to add to it. An interesting perspective to the given topic is the easiest way to capture the attention of those who judges your essay.
Present the matter in good language. There is no need to use big and complex words. The best articles are those which are written in simple but appropriate words. There should be absolutely no grammatical errors or spelling mistakes in your contest essay. It will not only take points off your submission but it will create a negative impression which may in turn affect the fair judgment of your essay.