Thursday, December 16, 2010

2011 ACFW Genesis contest

Camy here, and I'm already gearing up for the 2011 ACFW Genesis contest for unpublished Christian writers!

The 2011 Genesis opens on January 1st, 2011, and the deadline is March 4th, 2011.

I realize not all of you are targeting the Christian market, so I'm begging your forgiveness in advance, but this is one of the highlights of my year and I wanted to share some new guidelines for the Genesis for 2011!

The major thing for the 2011 contest is that we've added a Semi-Final Round. The top 20% scoring entries in each category from the First round will advance to the Semi-Final round, where the entries will be read and scored by multipublished authors.

The top three Semi-Finalists in each category will be named as Category Finalists and will be sent to the Final round judges, who are all agents and editors in the Christian fiction publishing industry. (In previous years, it was five finalists, but this year it's only three finalists.) Each Finalist will receive a Genesis Finalist pin and a certificate.

The Category Winners will be announced at the 2011 ACFW Conference in September! Winners each get first pick of editor/agent appointments at the 2012 ACFW Conference, a plaque and a Genesis Winner pin, plus one hour of telephone mentoring time with a published author!

The Genesis guidelines are here:
And the Genesis Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are here:

You can also email me at

I've copied the full guidelines below.

2011 ACFW GENESIS Contest Rules

The Genesis Contest is the ACFW contest for unpublished Christian writers. The contest has a number of categories/genres to enter, the opportunity for unbiased feedback on writers' work by published authors and experienced judges, and the chance for the Category Finalists to have their work read by Christian publishing house editors and literary agents. ACFW has been pleased to see previous Category Winners and Finalists move further in their writing careers to become published authors.

Eligibility - The 2011 ACFW Genesis Contest is open to ACFW members unpublished in adult or young adult fiction or unpublished since September 1, 2004. If you have been published by a small press or electronic book publisher, see the GUIDELINES AND FAQ page for more information about your eligibility.

Any author contracted for publication before March 4, 2011 is not eligible to enter the Genesis Contest. If an entrant receives a publishing house contract for a manuscript entered in the Genesis between March 4 and August 15, they must withdraw that entry. If an entrant receives a publishing house contract after August 15, which is after the close of the judging on Genesis, then their entry is not disqualified. After March 4, 2011, if an entrant receives a contract on a manuscript other than the one(s) entered in the contest, the uncontracted manuscript(s) may remain in the contest. See GUIDELINES AND FAQ page for a more detailed explanation.

Self-published authors are eligible, however they may not enter a manuscript that is in print or that was/is available for purchase at any time between September 1, 2004 and September 1, 2011.

Previously entered manuscripts may be entered again, but Category winning manuscripts from previous ACFW contests or FaithWords finalist manuscripts may not be entered again. Manuscripts that have been finalists, not Category winners, may be entered again. See GUIDELINES AND FAQ page for a more detailed explanation.

Prizes - Each category will have a first place winner. The first place entry in each category will receive a winner's plaque, a gold Genesis lapel pin, and first choice for editor/agent appointments at the 2012 ACFW National Conference, plus one hour of telephone mentoring time with a published author. The winners will be announced at the 2011 ACFW Conference. The finalists in each category will receive a certificate and silver Genesis lapel pin. Finalists will be announced by May 13, 2011.

ACFW and the Genesis Contest do NOT guarantee that a winning or finalist entry will receive a publishing contract.

Fees - $35 per entry for current ACFW members. Multiple entries will require multiple entry fees.

Writers who want to join ACFW and enter the Genesis may do both online at the ACFW website. Make checks or money orders payable to American Christian Fiction Writers. Do not use pseudonyms on the entry form.

Any break in membership during the course of the contest will result in withdrawal of the entry and forfeiture of the entry fee.

If an entrant must withdraw from the contest for any reason they must forfeit their entry fee.

Guidelines - Please enter using the Genesis Online Entry Form. Entrants must fill out one entry form for each manuscript they enter.
All entrants are required to check the "accept" box on the entry form for the Contest Release, indicating acceptance of terms. If the "accept" box is not checked for the Contest Release, entry will be disqualified and returned.

This is an all e-mail contest. Do not send hard copies of manuscripts. They will not be returned. Only entries from novel manuscripts (completed or projected manuscript word count at 45,000 words or longer) will be accepted, not short stories or novellas. No co-authored entries will be accepted.

All contest entries and contest fees must be received by 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 4, 2011. If any entry and/or fees are received after 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 4, 2011, entrant will be notified of disqualification and fees will be returned.

All entries will receive a confirmation e-mail of receipt of their entry. If an entrant does not receive a confirmation e-mail by March 8, 2011, the entrant should e-mail the head coordinator, at

Each entrant must upload their entry as an .rtf (rich text) or .doc (Microsoft Word document) when filling out the Genesis Online Entry Form. PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD .DOCX FILES (WORD 2007 OR LATER). The entries will be judged using Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature. If the entrant does not have Microsoft Word, the judged entry can be returned as a .pdf file instead. See the GUIDELINES AND FAQ page for more information.

The entrant must submit the first 15 pages of their manuscript, double-spaced, and a one-page single-spaced synopsis. The manuscript and the synopsis must be in the same file, not in two different files.

NEW THIS YEAR: If an entry does not have a one-page single-space synopsis, the entry will be disqualified.

The entrant may enter a maximum of 15 manuscript pages (not including the one-page synopsis) even if this is more than the first chapter. Prologues are acceptable. An entry may be shorter than 15 pages, stopping at a logical concluding point. If the manuscript portion of an entry (not including the one-page synopsis) is longer than 15 pages, the excess pages will be discarded before judging.

Manuscript must be in Courier New, or Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, with margins 1-inch or larger. For more information, see the Manuscript Formatting article.
The Genesis coordinators highly recommend that entrants submit their entries by FEBRUARY 21, 2011, so that if the entry is lost in cyberspace or if any aspect of the entry is unacceptable, the entrant can mail a replacement entry before the deadline.

Categories -

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance (includes romantic comedy)
  • Historical Fiction (not romance)
  • Historical Romance
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Women's Fiction
  • Young Adult

For definitions of the categories, see the GUIDELINES AND FAQ page.

If a category receives fewer than 10 entries, it will not be judged as its own category. On the entry form, entrants may designate a second category for their entry in the event the entrant's first-choice category does not receive 10 or more entries. If the second-choice category also has fewer than 10 entries, the entrant will be contacted.

Entrants may enter multiple manuscripts in multiple categories. They may also enter multiple manuscripts in the same category. Entrants may enter as many categories as they wish. However, entrants may not enter the same manuscript in more than one category. Also, entrants entering multiple manuscripts in the same category may final with more than one manuscript, but they may only place (Category Winner) with one manuscript. See the GUIDELINES AND FAQ page for a more detailed example.

Judging - FIRST ROUND: During the First Round, three judges (published authors or experienced writers trained in judging the Genesis) will score each entry, up to a maximum of 100 points per entry. All three scores will be averaged. Discrepancy judges will NOT be used due to the logistics of the contest. See the GUIDELINES AND FAQ page for a more information.

A copy of the scoresheet is available as a .pdf download here: GenesisScoresheet.pdf
(You can download Adobe Reader free:

SEMI-FINAL ROUND: The top 20% of entries from each category will then move on to the Semi-Final Round. The Semi-Final judges will be published authors who will read and rank the entries.

FINAL ROUND: The top three Semi-Final Round entries in each category--Category Finalists--will continue to the Final Round. In the event of a tie for third place, the first round scores of the tied last place entries will be used to break the tie. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Finalists will be notified by May 13, 2011. Finalists will be allowed TWO DAYS ONLY to polish and resubmit their entries before the entries are sent to the Final Round judges.

For non-finaling entrants, score sheets and manuscripts will be e-mailed back to each entrant between May 15 and June 15. Entrants are asked to please be patient as coordinators return entries, due to the sheer volume of entries and emails. Questions can be emailed to

For the Final Round, the Final Round judges (editors and agents) will not use the score sheet used in the First Round of judging. Instead, Final Round judges will simply give a numerical score of up to 100 points for each Final Round entry. Final Round judges have the option of giving comments on the Final Round entries but are not required to do so. All three scores will be averaged.

If any Finalist is disqualified or withdraws for any reason after March 4, 2011, the next highest scoring non-finaling entry will NOT be moved up to fill the vacant spot as a Finalist.

Final Round judges:

  • Contemporary Fiction: To be announced
  • Contemporary Romance: To be announced
  • Historical Fiction: To be announced
  • Historical Romance: To be announced
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: To be announced
  • Romantic Suspense: To be announced
  • Speculative Fiction: To be announced
  • Women's Fiction: To be announced
  • Young Adult: To be announced

During the Final Round, three Final Round judges (see above) will score each entry, and the three scores will be averaged. Discrepancy judges will NOT be used. In each category, the entry receiving the top Final Round score becomes the Category Winner. The Final Round scores alone determine the Category Winners. If any Category Winner is disqualified or withdraws for any reason, the next highest-scoring finalist will be moved up to become Category Winner.

Under no circumstances should comments given by a judge be used for publicity purposes without the express consent of the judge.

The Category Winners will be announced at the 2011 ACFW National Conference. See "Prizes" for the awards designated.

All Finalists (top 3 entries in each category) will be asked to e-mail a digital headshot photo for the awards ceremony at the 2011 ACFW Conference and publicity purposes. Contestants are encouraged to complete contest manuscripts in the event they are requested by a Final Round judge.

For more information, see the GUIDELINES AND FAQ page on the ACFW website.

Submission Instructions

See the Sample Manuscript page (.pdf) and the Manuscript Formatting article (.pdf) both available as downloads from the ACFW website.

(You can download Adobe Reader free:
  1. Use 12 point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. The contest requires the use of Courier New or Times New Roman.
  2. Include a header on each manuscript with the title, category/genre, entire manuscript word count, and page numbers. NO entrant's name or pseudonym should be in the header.
  3. Send the first 15 pages of your manuscript, even if this is more than your first chapter. Prologues are acceptable. Start the first page of each chapter one-third to halfway down the page. DO NOT send more than 15 pages of your manuscript and a one page synopsis (16 pages maximum).
  4. Send a one-page single-spaced synopsis, included in the file with your manuscript. Do NOT send a separate file for your synopsis. See GUIDELINES AND FAQ page for more information.
  5. Category coordinators are listed below.
  6. Fill out entry form, upload entry file, and pay contest fee using the Genesis Online Entry form. Do not use your pseudonym on the entry form. If joining ACFW, include application and membership fee as well.
  7. Do NOT place your name or pseudonym anywhere on the manuscript.

Entries not fulfilling the above specifications will be disqualified. Entry fees will not be refunded.

For more information, see the GUIDELINES AND FAQ page on the ACFW website.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the contest coordinator, Camy Tang at

Category coordinators:

When e-mailing coordinators, please put "Genesis" in the subject line.

For Contemporary Romance:
To be announced
For Contemporary Fiction:
To be announced
For Historical Fiction:
To be announced
For Historical Romance:
To be announced
For Mystery/Suspense/Thriller:
To be announced
For Romantic Suspense:
To be announced
For Speculative Fiction:
To be announced
For Women's Fiction and Young Adult:
To be announced

Checklist for your entry:

  • Is your font 12 point?
  • Is your font Courier New or Times New Roman?
  • Do you have a margin of one inch or larger on all sides?
  • Is your entry double-spaced?
  • Is your chapter heading one-third to halfway down the page?
  • Do ALL pages in your manuscript have a header with the title, category, total manuscript word count, and page number?
  • Did you make sure your name, personal information, and/or pseudonym is NOT in the header or anywhere on the manuscript?
  • Is your entry 15 pages or less, not including the synopsis?
  • Did you include a one-page, single-spaced synopsis with the same format as the manuscript except single-spaced?
  • Is the synopsis included in the file with your manuscript, NOT in a separate file?

Entries not fulfilling the above specifications will be disqualified.
Timeline for the Genesis contest:

Genesis opens: January 1
Genesis closes: March 4 (8am Pacific time)
First round judging ends/(Semi-Finalists announced): April 8
Semi-Final judging ends/(Finalists announced): May 13
Category Winners announced at the 2011 ACFW Conference Awards Banquet in September.

Click here for the 2010 Genesis winners list

Click here for the 2010 Genesis finalists list

Camy here: I hope many of you will enter the 2011 Genesis contest! Feel free to email me at if you have any questions!

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is her romantic suspense, Formula for Danger! She runs the Story Sensei critique service, is a staff worker for her church youth group, and leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she ponders frivolous things like knitting, running, dogs, and Asiana. Sign up for her newsletter YahooGroup for giveaways!


  1. Extra big pot of coff on the sidebar. Help yourselves.

    I just copied these guidelines yesterday, but it's nice to go over them again. Thanks.


  2. Thanks, Camy, for all you and your team do to make the Genesis such a great contest.

  3. Camy, MEGA congrats on finishing your first major marathon!

    Great job with the Genesis too. We appreciate all you do.


  4. Camy, I can't thank you and the other Genesis volunteers enough for your hard work. WOW what great things Genesis meant to me this year. Even if I hadn't won my category, I would still say it was the highlight of my year.

    This may seem like a small thing to someone else, but because of Genesis, I FINALLY finished a manuscript and proved to myself I could finish what I started. Likewise, for the first time ever, I submitted my work to an industry professional.

    Huge, HUGE accomplishments for me, all as a result of the Genesis contest. And that has enabled me to set more ambitious goals for my writing in 2011, to build on the tremendous confidence boost Genesis gave me this year.


  5. Coffee.

    I love you, Helen!


    Camy, congrats on the Marathon. Sweet!

    And I just got two lovely pins from Vickie McDonough for my past Genesis/Noble Theme wins... How nice that they went back in time to figure that out!

    Scrumptious bars are here. Try them.

    Amazing. I love good food.

  6. Thanks, Camy! As a winner in 2006, I know what great feedback you get from this contest. TONS of work on your part and on the part of the judges.

    By the way--CONGRATS on finishing the marathon. Even with the incentive of being in Hawaii, I can't even imagine running ONE mile, let alone over 7! Loved reading your blog about it. Amazing!

    Camy's Marathon

  7. Camy, You're my hero. Well heroine. smile

    You are amazing. Congrats on the marathon.

    We truly need to appreciate what all of the volunteers who organize and chair these wonderful events by our organizations. It takes a lot of work and commitment.

    Thanks girlfriend.

    I like the changes. More work for you but as Glynna pointed out, what great feedback for the contestants.

    New Year's resolution time is coming up writers. Get ready for the Genesis. woo hooo

  8. Thanks for all the great info, Camy!

    How was the marathon? We're so proud of you.

  9. Congrats again Camy on your marathon. WHAT an accomplishment.

    It's exciting to see the guidelines and rules for the contest. My WIP is for 8-12 yr olds so that would be a stretch, since YA is 12-18.

    All the best to folks who enter! May and I will cheer you on!

  10. I've always avoided this contest as I'm not a member of ACFW and membership is required. (Local chapter meeting, though nearby, is near impossible for me to ever attend.)

    I was thinking of finally entering this year. However, it looks like the price has increased to join and I find myself wondering how do I justify what is essentially now a $100 entry fee?

    So, and I hope this doesn't sound like a stupid question, but what things do you find most beneficial about joining ACFW?

  11. Ooooh - now I'm excited. WAS gonna enter this past year, but I didn't have enough of it done. In 2011 - I will ABSOLUTELY enter. Glad to hear about the semi-final thing. Sounds GOOD :)

  12. Good luck on the Genesis, everybody. I entered it three times and never finaled. It's a tough contest!

    Now I can enter the pubbed contest. Yay! Such a dream come true.

    What's NOT a dream come true is that my other daughter now appears to have a sinus infection, which means another trip to the dr. AND the pharmacy for more antibiotics. And hubby is acting very puny and had a fever last night. Ai yi yi.

    Have a very merry and UN-sick December, everybody!

  13. Thanks for the lowdown on the Genesis, Camy, and for all you do to make this contest a success! Hoping lots of the Seekerville faithful will be entering. The Genesis is a fabulous opportunity!

    Congrats on finishing the marathon!


  14. Oh my goodness, Walt! How did you survive the writing biz this long without being a member of ACFW? Seriously, there are so many benefits. You get an online community of helpful people who are willing to answer any questions you might have--and some of them know what they're talking about!!! (Ha-ha, small joke.) There are free online classes--very valuable. And you can take advantage of lots of other things, like the critique groups and specific loops for your genre.

    I know there are other benefits. I'll let others chime in. Have you been to the website lately?

  15. Melanie, sorry to hear about the sickness spreading through your house! Have you checked to see if you can get the antibiotics free or at a very reasonable price at WalMart and perhaps other pharmacies?


  16. Proud of you for finishing the marathon, Camy!!! That impresses me greatly. And I bet there are a lot of comparisons you could make between the marathon and your heading up of the Genesis contest. And between marathon running and writing. :-)

  17. Great post, Camster! And I encourage every aspiring author to enter this contest because it is a biggie that will get you noticed by people who count!!

    Thanks for all you do on this very important contest, Camy and here's to another stellar year!


  18. Thanks Camy!

    And wow! Marathon?! Go you!

    I was talking with a CP about this last night. For some reason, I thought you had to submit the WHOLE ENCHILADA like Golden Heart. But only 15 pages? I can do that ;). I might be able to do that twice =D. One MS is in the polishing stages but the other one should be done long before September [dear God, I hope so!]

    Setting up caffeine patches on the table. And cinnamon rolls. And hot chocolate cuz it's cold.

    Captcha: santstol - uh oh! Is Santa on the naughty list now?!

  19. I kind of liked coff

    I think coffee needs a nickname.

    Let's start it here on Seekerville.

  20. The Genesis contest was my pathway to publication.

    Love that contest.

  21. I've got a collection of Genesis/Carol award pins, too.

    I'm not sure what to do with them, though.

    It reminds me a bit of that old joke where the priests at a monastery gave an award to Brother Samual for humility.

    They had to take it back when he insisted on wearing it.

    So do we put them on our bags at ACFW? That might be good. I can't see wearing them on our badges or pinned on my shirt.

  22. Walt, the ACFW website's members only section has dozens of classes taught by the very best writers around.
    They cover everything.
    They're all archived there and I think those classes alone are worth the price of membership.

    And the conference costs a lot too, but it's a wonderful way to get in front of editors and agents. And I think seeing you at a conference puts you in a different category. They just see you as being more serious about your desire to be published.

  23. Totally not the point of ACFW but when someone [Mary?] posted about Seekerville's birthday party, I shot on over here. Besides the friends I've already made, I've won like 4 books. There's my 50 bucks back ;). I wouldn't have known about it if not for the ACFW loop =D. Free books. There ya go.

    Plus I never would have known about Julie-fic or any of the rest of the Seekers [except Mary because my sister is a fan - she'd even loaned me Petticoat Ranch this summer but took it back before I had a chance to read it]. Having read PR, and everything Julie and just finished Audra's [like 5 minutes ago /big waffy sigh/] and getting ready to jump into Lassoed, I think it's paid off ;).

    Seriously, I joined the week after Indy and it's the best 50 bucks I've ever spent, I think. I've been writing off and on for years but have finally got the first actual novel finished. I've found CPs, the courses, the general info, the friends made... I think it's all in how you utilize what's out there, but for me, it has been so worth it.

    I'm so hoping to go to STL next year. DH is determined to help make it happen which helps, but it depends on financials next summer... The big leagues. EEK!

  24. I haven't joined ACFW yet. But I'm planning to. I'm wondering from what Walt said if the membership fee has increased?

    Ovbiously, as a non-member, I won't be entering. But I might enter in 2021...that's 2012 (gee I hope it doesn't take me 10 years to finish this novel). It sounds like a contest with lots of feedback, which is really, really good imo.

    I like that the scoring sheet is available to see. That seems like a valuable resource. I like going into something with as much info as possible.

    Great post!

  25. Camy, LOVE the changes! Love the third round. Makes a lot of sense.

  26. Hi Camy:

    Congrats on the marathon. I’d rather run a marathon than sell a book. (But I’d still like to sell a book.)

    I have two questions:

    1) does the Christian element of the story have to be obvious in the first 15 pages? (There must be a reason why they want a synopsis.)

    2) What is speculative fiction? Would this include allegorical science fiction like C. S. Lewis wrote (without there being any specific mention of Christianity?)

    I have something ready for the speculative category -- if what I have would be acceptable.


    P.S. I haven’t seen any classes on ACWF. I better look again. I’ve singed up for mailing loops or whatever they are several times and I have never received anything in my email. I think they are wise to me. : )

  27. Vince - when you log in to ACFW, on the right side there's a box for the course loop sign up. Under 'get connected' is a workshop archives link. That takes you to the lessons sent in previous courses [but not any give and take that was on the loop].

    Of course, if you're not getting ANY emails from any loops then there's another issue that needs dealt with...

  28. Hey Camy -
    Just wanted to let you know that I just finished Single Sashimi and I adored it. It was my first of yours but won't be my last!

    Have a good day!

  29. Vince and everyone wondering about ACFW classes.
    Go to
    enter the Members Only section
    Click on Get Connected
    Select Workshop Archives

    After you've hunted around there, go to FORUMS and scroll down, there's another wealth of Archived Writing Coursesthere.

  30. Walt, also a lot of times you'll hear someone say, "It's all who you know." As if writing talent wasn't the biggest factor, but rather connections.

    The truth is that is you don't write well, you're in trouble, BUT it sure doesn't hurt to know people.

    And that's what I've gotten from ACFW. Connections.
    It's a huge connection between the Seekers and getting to know so many Seekervillagers makes the conference so fun, but also emails through the years, plus interaction in this blog.

    So if it IS about 'who you know' then ACFW is a great place to get to know someone.

  31. Thanks for all this info. Camy! I've never entered a writing contest in my life, but am seriously thinking about entering this one (would love the feedback from judges!). ~ Congratulations on your Marathon - - WOW! ~ Blessings, Patti Jo :)

  32. Not sure if I'm entering in 2011 or not, but you did a GREAT job of coordinating it last year, Camy.
    It's a WHOLE lot of work and I applaud how well you managed it all.

  33. I certainly encourage everyone to enter the Genesis. It's a great contest! The feedback is terrific and if you final you have the attention of agents and editors. You win all around.

  34. Love the Genesis contest! I've coordinated for Camy for a couple of years, and I love it.

    As a past contestant, I can say that the Genesis propelled my writing career forward. I learned so much from my first foray into the contest. The judges taught me a boatload with my first attempt, I didn't even enter for two years afterwards because I wanted to put into practice all the things they'd pointed out and instructed me on. But when I did enter again, it was well worth it.

    As for the benefits of the ACFW? I wouldn't be published without having been a member. Meeting agents and editors, taking the classes, learning through the loop emails and courses, getting to know other writers. Invaluable in the Christian market.

  35. Thanks for the info, Camy! There are some big changes to the Genesis this year, with a semi-final round.

    I appreciate all of the hard work so many people put into the Genesis, from the coordinators to the judges. I received such valuable feedback last year and it gave me direction with my manuscript.

  36. Thanks, Camy, for the info on Genesis Contest. I appreciate all the hard work on your part that goes into coordinating it. I joined ACFW and glad I did. There are many benefits as mentioned already. I'm hoping to enter the Genesis for the first time in 2011. Oh, congratulations on completing the marathon, too.

  37. Thanks for the coffee, Helen!

    Aw, thanks, Keli!

    Thanks, Squirly!

    BK, congratulations on finishing that manuscript! That's wonderful! I love hearing how the Genesis does so much to help writers! That really makes it all worth it for me.

    Ruthy--isn't it really cool they gave pins retroactively? I thought that was very generous of them.

    Thanks so much, Glynna!

    LOL Thanks Sandra! I'm glad you like the new guidelines!

    Debby, the marathon was fun and painful at the same time! LOL I blogged about it here: Honolulu Marathon!

    Thanks, KC! Yes, your book would be considered a "tweener" book, which still falls under children's fiction. The Genesis doesn't (yet) have a category for that!

    Walt, I definitely think it's worth it to join ACFW if you're targeting your books toward the Christian market. If your books are not for the Christian market, then to be honest, save your money and join a national secular organization instead, because ACFW is focused on the Christian book industry. But if you are targeting the Christian market, ACFW gives so much more than just local chapter meetings--the online email loop is full of information as well as promotional opportunities for both published and unpublished writers, there's free online classes every month (except December), the workshop archives on the website are beyond compare, we have genre email loops, an online critique group, and our own version of NaNoWriMo called Novel Track that happens 4 times a year. I personally don't often go to my local chapter meeting but I've been a member for many years and the online benefits really make up for the cost of membership, in my opinion.

    Joanne--awesome!! This next year's contest is going to be great!

  38. The Genesis is the best contest I ever entered. Maybe I'm bias, but I never had a rude judge and often received great feedback.

    AND love the new pins!! The pins given to Genesis and Carol winners are gorgeous!!

    Thanks for all the work you do for the Genesis, Camy.

    And mega congrats on completing the marathon!!!!!

  39. Ouch, sorry to hear that, Melanie! I'll be praying for her! Yes, the Genesis--and writing a book, for that matter--is a lot like a marathon. I can say that with assurance now! LOL

    Thanks, Janet! I really love coordinating the Genesis every year!

    Thanks, Julie! We've got some terrific agents and editors from major Christian publishing houses who have agreed to judge this year. The list of Final round judges will be up soon!

    Carol, 15 is definitely doable! Go for it! I hope you make it to the conference in September, too! And I'll take one of those cinnamon rolls... :)

    Mary, I'm going to put my pins on my bag. Or I might just put one or two pins on my name badge.

    Andrea, yes, the membership fee to join initially did go up, but I think the yearly fee after that is still the same (and less than the initial fee). And ACFW costs less than most other writer's organizations. You should enter the Genesis even if your manuscript isn't completed! Just go for it!

    Thanks Sally! I'm glad you like that. I suggested that. :)

    Vince: 1) The Christian element doesn't have to be "in your face" or preachy, but the judges do want at least a sense of a Christian worldview from one of the characters, and it only has to be a Christian worldview, the character doesn't have to be perfect or a strong Christian. 2) Here's the link to the definitions of the genres: What are the definitions of the categories/genres? And Vince, if you need help signing up for the ACFW Courses loop, just email the Moderator Team at (I'm on the Mod team, too!) and we'll help you out.

    Cindy!!! Thanks so much!!! I'm so glad you liked it!

    Patti Jo, I hope you enter the Genesis! I do my best to get really great judges for the contest who give a lot of feedback. :)

    Thanks so much, Pepper!

  40. Erica is a FANTASTIC category coordinator for the Genesis!!!! I've loved working with her for the past two years!!!!

    You're welcome, Susanne! I'm so glad you got good feedback!

    Pat, how awesome you'll be entering the Genesis! If you have any questions, just email me at!

    Audra, aren't the pins a great idea? I'm so glad they decided to do that! (I had nothing to do with it!)


  41. Camy, Mary, CarolM:

    Oh my. Thanks.

    Everyone should know this about the ACFW bar menu. If the menu box pops up above the menu bar, you will not see all the options available. The box that pops up will not scroll. You will think that there are only a few options. You will not know about all the other options that are available.

    Try it on the “Getting Connected” bar. Look how many fewer options there are above the bar. If you can make the box appear below the menu bar, you will see many more options. This is the first time I’ve seen the lower menus!

    I did try to subscribe again to the Romance loop in digest form. It has never worked for me before so maybe there is a second button somewhere on the page that I need to click. I will see what happens.

    The workshops look great! I’m going to ‘take’ a few of the workshops and see how I like them.
    There really is a lot of interest on the ACFW site if you get to see it all. : )

    BTW: I think you save the cost of the dues if you go to the Convention.

    I think I will have to rewrite the first 15 pages of my WIP but that’s OK.

    Thanks for your help.


  42. Is initial membership fee $50? That's what I've heard from friends who are members. If that's up from the past, I don't know it so it won't hurt me :) .

    Camy~ I probably do have 15 pages that I could enter in January (theoretically). However, they are unedited first draft pages. I think I'll wait until I have it at least polished enough that I don't think it's bad. I'd hate to enter really bad stuff and get feedback that tells me only what I already know, or could figure out on my own.

    Of course, having never entered a contest, I could be totally out in left field on that one.

  43. I've been sitting here looking at my pages. I've done some cutting that I needed to do, and the perfect scene break is really, really close to 15 pages. I'm just about to talk myself into entering them...

    I've got a couple months, I could polish them up real good....

    We'll see...

  44. Mary, Mary - you, my dear, are quite contrary!!!!

    I was only going to read one chapter of Calico Canyon. Instead I read three. And how on earth am I going to get any work done?!?!?! Just knowing it's sitting there mocking me? Saying 'READ ME! READ ME!'

    Andrea - we'll get them polished up :)!!!! If we don't eat too much Chick-fil-A in the meantime ;). I sent you another email, btw.

    Now, Calico Canyon or housework, Calico Canyon or housework...

    Oh, who am I kidding? CC is going to win out. I'll just blame Mary... ;)

  45. Very cool, Camy! The extra round is really exciting!

  46. Patti Jo, it's great to see you out and about again! :) I hope your back is continuing to improve.

  47. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraDecember 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Thanks for the info Cammy

  48. Thank you Camy, for all this good information. I will take my time and read it. Thanks for sharing.