I personally believe that writing competitions are a great way for an author to get exposure and practice writing genres that they wouldn’t have done otherwise. I recently found this with a writing competition for Flash Fiction. I had never written in a Flash Fiction form before and I’d only tried my hand at historical writing a few times before that. I made sure it was as good as I could get it, then sent off my submission. Fingers crossed. I would say though, for any new writers, be careful with the amount of competitions you enter as most competitions charge a standard entry fee which is perfectly normal, but if you enter too many, the sum of money you spend on entry fees can add up quickly. Also make sure you read the submissions guidelines at least twice, so you can be sure that your piece of writing is relevant and meets the initial submission criteria.
So that is my (hopefully helpful) advice for today.
See you tomorrow!