* Dates - One of the first things that will appear in the T&C's is the start and finish date of the competition. Pretty important as you want to make sure you get your entry in on time. Also, some competitions have rounds and allow you to enter once per round so be on the lookout for this.
* Who Can Enter - Before you enter any competition it's always wise to make sure you are eligible to enter first. Some competitions have restrictions such as age or location and generally anyone who works for the promoter or has a close relative who works for them are usually ineligible to enter.
* How Many Times Can I Enter - It will be clearly stated in the T&C's how many times each person is allowed to enter. I usually make a note of competitions that I have entered if they only accept one entry per eligible entrant. As I enter so many competitions I sometimes forget that I have entered a lot of them and while some won't accept a second entry if you have already entered, others will accept the second entry but disqualify both entries if you have already entered. We don't want that happening now, do we?
I also make a note of competitions that allow multiple entries - or save them in my favourites until the promotion is over. This way I can easily go back to them when I have a spare minute and increase my chances of winning.
* When The Prize Can Be Taken - If you are entering a competition to win tickets to a sporting event or a concert it's a good idea to check when the prize needs to be taken. No good entering if the concert is on the same day as your best friend's wedding! On the other hand, if you still want to enter with the intention of gifting the prize to someone else, it's a good idea to check to see if the prize is transferable as quite often they are not.
* Judging Criteria - In the case of 25 word or less competitions always check what the judging criteria is and make sure you are answering the question. In these competitions you are usually asked a simple question and then asked to explain why you gave your answer. Eg. Where is your favourite place to holiday and why? Many people enter these competitions and make up rhymes and poems that are very creative but don't always address the second part of the question.
So before you start filling out the form or thinking about creative answers it's best to scroll down and read the T&C's first.