Writing competitions like the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition, which provide an opportunity for recognition and publication to unpublished writers, are hugely valuable as they give the new writer something to realistically aim for.
Kate won the Short Fiction Contest for 2012 with her story A Cuckoo's Broken Wing.
There is still time to submit for the 2013 Short Fiction and Poetry contests. Deadline is 31 August.
Find the interview here.
Aesthetica Competition Page