Where has the time gone?
June is here already.
That means we are five months to finish your manuscript for the Golden Heart.
Will you be ready?
As for me, Harlequin Super Romance author Rogenna Brewer challenged me to a book in a month. For the month of June I'll be using the program created by Chris Baty, founder of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The No Plot? No Problem! Novel Writing Kit, is a great tool which includes:
- 48-page booklet
- 31 Daily Noveling Briefs recommended allowances of writing advice and activities for every day of the noveling month
- Guided, month long, displayable log for keeping track of progress
- Motivational materials, pep-talking letters, and commitment coupons
- The Mighty Badge of the Triumphant Wordsmith
I've got his No Plot? No Problem! book also. This challenge means writing 50,000 words in a month. That's about 11,669 words a week. I'll check in with you next month on the Seekerville Contest Update. But if I can do this and work 7 days a week...anyone can.
And by the way--I'm giving away one copy of the No Plot? No Problem Novel-Writing Kit to someone who posts in Seekerville. Just let me know you are out there by posting today and leave a method of contact. Winner will be announced tonight at 8 pm MST.
Remember the words of Jack Bickham: "Writers write. Everyone else makes excuses."
Now on to writing contests.
Summer is typically slow for contests but here are this month's offerings. Not all of the May Contest Update contests have passed their deadlines, so be sure to review that post again.
Unpublished RWA Contests
- Indiana's Golden Opportunity Contest 2008. Reciept deadline, July 1. 35 pages total, which consist of the start of the manuscript and synopsis. A great line up of juges for the categories of Contemporary Series, Mainstream/Single Title, Paranormal, Historical, Romantic Suspense and Best of the Best.
- Melody of Love. Reciept deadline, July 1. The number of entries to this contest is limited to 75 overall. First chapter, no synopsis. Electronic or hardcopy entry. Contemporary: Holly Root, Waxman Literary Agency--Historical: Leah Hultenschmidt, Dorchester Publishing--Paranormal: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency.
- Mary Reade Award-A very interesting contest. Entries postmarked by July 5, Finalists in October and Winners announced in February of 2009. Sumbit the first 20 pages of your manuscript. "The Mary Reade is a second change contest. The 3 top entrants will be chosen from among the highest scoring finalists. They will be classified as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, according to their scores. They will then chose their "prize" from the list of agents in The Literary Cartel to send their work to they've been given time to revise according to the judges' comments." Categories, Contemporary Romance. Mainstream/Single Title Romance. Romantic Suspense. Paranormal Romance. Category/Series Romance. Romantic Element.
Other Writing Contests (Dream Big!!)
- Pulitzer Prizes -- June 15. One prize of $10,000 given annually to a U.S. writer to honor the most distinguished book of fiction published in the U.S. during the preceding year. Submit an author biography and photograph and four copies of the book to: Pulitzer Prizes, Poetry and Fiction Prizes, Columbia University, 709 Journalism Building, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. (212) 854-3841. $50 entry fee.
Just for Fun
- Nominate Your Best Friend. Best-selling author Brenda Novak invites you to nominate your best friend to win a 7-day Caribbean cruise. In 250 words or less, tell us why your friend deserves this trip. A semi-finalist will be chosen each Friday and you get to vote for the grand prize winner! Contest runs June 1-August 31.
- Writers Weekly 24 hour Short Story Contest. Register for the Summer 2008--- 24-Hour Short Story Contest. Start time is July 26th, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) central time. Held quarterly and limited to 500 entrants. Don't miss out on the ultimate source for creative stress...and tons of fun! More than 85 prizes! Entry fee is $5.00. Guidelines available on the site.
- Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest: What Was the Most Important Day of Your Life? Enter our first-ever Life Lessons essay contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple with a prize of $3,000. Contest entries should be a maximum of 1,500 words. Online entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. on September 9, 2008. Mailed entries must be postmarked by September 9, 2008, and received by September 16, 2008.