Friday, October 3, 2008

Contest Update, October 2008 Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Seekerville!!

Tomorrow we will draw names for week one of our Seekerville birthday present giveaways. Here in Seekerville we are celebrating a year of posts and a year of sharing. So put on your party hats and join the month long party!!

Do you follow The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest? This is an annual whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.

Here is the 2008 winning entry by Garrison Spik of Washington, D.C. Congrats Garrison.

Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped "Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N.J."

We have lots of contests this month and if you can't find at least one tasty contest that you can enter, we need to talk--and I am bringing Ruthy and Mary to the chat. So tell us...what looks good?

RWA Contests:

  • Enchanted Words. The Perfect Pitch 2008, all electronic entries. Deadline November 1st. Enchant us with your submission packet, and send us your query letter, synopsis (up to 7 pages), and the first five pages of your unpublished romance novel. Published authors may enter, provided they have not had a book published by a non-vanity/non-subsidy publisher in the past three years. Categories, historical, contemporary and paranormal. Finalists will be notified in February, 2009. Winners will be announced in April, 2009.
Disappointing that all the judges are not posted yet in this contest.

  • Gotcha! All electronic. Received by November 12, 2008, 5:00 p.m. PST. Entries open October 1, 2008. First 15 manuscript pages. Top 4 winners in each category are sent to an editor. Winners have 2 weeks to revise the 15-page entry prior to editorial review. Lowest score is dropped and 3 highest determine final score. Categories and judges:
  1. Short Series Contemporary:
    Susan Litman, Silhouette
  2. Long Series Contemporary:
    Keyren Gerlach, HQN Books
  3. Mainstream Contemporary:
    Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
  4. Single Title Mystery/Romantic Suspense:
    Christopher Keeslar, Dorchester
  5. Series Mystery/Romantic Suspense:
    Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue
  6. Historical (Before 1945):
    Hilary Sares, Kensington
  7. Regency Historical/Sweet to Spicy:
    Hilary Sares, Kensington
  8. Paranormal (Specialty/Time Travel/Fantasy):
    Jessica Wade, Berkley/Jove
  9. Inspirational:
    Emily Rodmell, Steeple Hill
This contest has some great perks!

  • The Linda Howard Award of Excellence. A paper and electronic contest with a November 22 deadline. Finalists have the option to revise. Entries consist of the first 25 pages. Categories include: Inspirational, Series Short & Long Contemporary, Single Title, Historical, Unique Genres, Suspense, Sensual & Sizzling (Erotica) and Young Adult.

A great line up of editors and no synopsis!

  • For our published authors, The National Readers Choice Awards! Deadline: December 1, 2008 Enter: paper-published romance novels with copyright date of 2008 or “First US Printing” date of 2008. Judges are romance readers from across the US. Categories: Erotica, Historical, Inspirational, Long Contemporary Series, Mainstream with Romantic Elements, Novella, Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel, Romantic Suspense, Short Contemporary Series, Single Title Contemporary, Traditional and Young Adult.

Non RWA Contests:

  • 2009 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition Sponsored by St. Martin's Minotaur and Mystery Writers of America (MWA) All manuscripts submitted: a) must be original, previously unpublished works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words). Request for entry must be postmarked by November 14 and manuscript deadline is November 30th. An attempt will be made to notify the Competition winner, if any, no later than March 31, 2009. The winner will then be recognized at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City in April 2009.

  • The Paul Gillette Awards, Pikes Peak Writers 2009 Fiction Writing Contest. Contest opens for entries September 1, and closes November 1st. Includes short story and book length categories. Entry is 15 pages and synopsis. Editor and agent judges. Final round entrants do not get their entry returned.

A prestigious contest with a hefty entry fee of $40 dollars for the basic no critique entry.

  • Coffee House Fiction and the Fifteenth Dame Lisbet Throckmorton Writing Contest. "Fiction is our pursuit. Your writing can be historical, fantastic, contemporary or futuristic. We don't care. Our only requirement is that it be disarming and original. We delight in your talent and take joy in promoting your genius. Contest open for entries now and entry deadline is, January 1, 2009. Entries must not exceed 3,500 words.

  • WOW! Women On Writing is proud to partner with skirt! books to bring you a whole new sizzling contest. We’re thrilled to have skirt! books as a sponsor for their Fall 2008 Essay Contest which ends November 30th at midnight. In less than 750 words, tell us how recreating your personal space has changed your life, or how by making changes in your life, it has moved you to express yourself and recreate your home. These can be personal stories of love, loss, moving to a new area, or anything that has affected or inspired you to recreate your life and your home. Only stories that have the Prompt incorporated in them will be accepted. See the site for the Prompt for this contest. Cash and goody bag prizes. Guest judge is Jennifer DeChiara, of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency.

  • Suspense Magazine First Annual Writing Contest. All entries must be in the suspense/mystery/thriller genre. Writers retain all rights. Awards: Winner will receive 12 Bestselling Books (many or all of them autographed by the authors). Second and Third places will receive gift cards. No entry fee. Deadline: December 31, 2008.

  • Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. A short story competition with five categories: Romance, Mystery/Crime Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense, Horror. Entry Fee is $12.50. All entries must be 4,000 words or fewer. Entries must be postmarked by Monday, November 03, 2008. Cash prizes.

A special contest from Bethany House:

Win a digital camera! Bethany House What Is Beauty? Contest.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder—so show us what's beautiful to you by entering our What Is Beauty? photo contest for your chance to win a new camera today! Photos may be of people, animals, nature, still life objects, etc., but obviously we ask that you keep all photos appropriate and respectful. Otherwise, be creative! We don't want to give too many guidelines that might limit the range of submissions. Although we are certain that all photos will represent beauty, a panel of judges will be selected to determine one winner. Contest entries may be received through December 31, 2008.*

To enter, simply upload a photo to a Flickr account (it's free to set one up if you don't have one already), and tag the photo with "what is beauty contest" (use the quotes). The winning photo will be selected from all photos available on Flickr with that tag, and the winner will be notified via his or her Flickr account.

Don't miss our other contest for A Constant Heart and other new releases—win a free gift basket! Visit for more information.

And Just for Fun Contests:

  • Avon continues their Book in A Bag Sweepstakes. Check out the sweepstakes for a chance to win free books from Avon A and a stylish new bag!

  • Finish this sentence: "Kozy Shack is so good that..." in fifty words or less (not including those 6 words). Win a grand prize of $10,000 and four second-place finishers will each receive $2,500. Note: need the 10-digit UPC code from a Kozy Shack pudding package. Try 7349109300, 7349109500, 7349102000,7349152000. Ends October 15, 2008.


  1. No, no, no. I won't let you tempt me this time. I'm back on the wagon and I plan to stay there. My contest addiction is a thing of the past. I will find out this month how I did in the last two contests I entered, and then, that's it. No more irrational compulsions to enter contests. I declare I am free from my addiction. You won't tempt me this time.

    But I do thank you for posting these contests. I won $200 last month from a contest I wouldn't have known about if you hadn't announced it here. Yay me. Yay Seekerville.

    But that doesn't mean I can be tempted to enter again. Nope. Not me. I'm done. Done, I tell you!!!

  2. Aw, c'mon Melanie! Let's go play on the contest circuit : )

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas to jumpstart my writing engines again. A couple of contests sound really interesting.

    Here we go again : )

  3. Happy Birthday, Seekerville! You are giving so much more than receiving. Thanks for all the contest info!

  4. Melanie.

    We're not here to tempt, honey lamb, but to advise. Inform. Share knowledge.

    And if you're afraid of the remaining Seekers on Unpubbed Island, well, then so be it. Fear is an inborn response, darling, and God gave it to us as a gift to sense lurking evil...

    So be a good girl and don't enter anything EVER....


    And we'll just reap the rewards for you in absentia. Your absentia, of course. Not ours!!!


    Mel, seriously, you do what's right for you. Sometimes it's important to re-think, re-schedule and re-plan. Re-strategize where you're going and how to get there.

    But in the meantime we keep writing, thinking, mulling, etc. because the writing component inside us never really turns off.

    Love you, kid.


  5. Thanks for the affirmation, Ruthy. :-) I love you, too.

    There are seasons in life, Ruthy. My contest season, thankfully, I HOPE, if I don't fall off the wagon again, is past. But in all things give thanks, and so I am thankful for my contest season. I learned so much.

  6. And Audra, I played with you once before and you won! First, Second, and Third Place, if I recall!

  7. Happy Happy Friday. I am entering all the contests except the published one. I got a 25$ check from one just this week.

    Happy Happy Friday. Pass the cake.

  8. Happy Birthday, Seekerville, and thanks for all the contest updates. I've learned so much in so many areas from just stopping by your blog. Thanks to all of you for sharing!

  9. Tina! You've entered all of them?? I'm impressed beyond belief. I'll bet you have an awesome spreadsheet keeping track of your career!!

    Atta girl!!

  10. Photo contest? Now you have my attention! Thanks for the info.

    Oops, sorry. Happy Birthday!

  11. Happy Birthday, Seekerville! Thanks for all the contest info!

  12. Happy Birthday Seekerville!

    A big hug going out to all the Seekers for their vision to create this blog.

    I've said it before and I know I'll say it again...I wouldn't have entered any writing contests if it weren't for you.

    Now...did I read something about a photo contest? Yeehaw!

  13. Anita Mae, I was starting to worry about you. Read your great ACFW conference post on your blog. And you have another new photo!

    Great to see you back in Seekerville.

  14. All right. I did it. I entered my first contest with an entrance fee. Not only once, but twice (two manuscripts). 1 in 10 chance of editorial review was too good to pass up.