Monday, October 31, 2011
November Contest Update
This isn't just a contest update...it's also your last chance to comment before midnight when we pick the winner of the Seekerville month-long birthday party grand prize, a Toshiba Netbook with all the trimmings.
For those of you new to Seekerville, once a month we present a run down of contests for published authors, unpublished authors and toss in some fun stuff.
The contest vault is open. This month's writer prize is Wake Up Your Muse by friend of Seekerville Jan Christiansen!
The reader's prize is the coveted pink and white Seekerville pen and a copy of Oklahoma Reunion by Tina Radcliffe. (moi')
And because it's our last day to party, let's giveaway a five page critique. But you have to tell us you want to be considered!
Let us know what's going on in your contest world so we can cheer you on. And while you're at it give us some suggestions for future contests you'd like to see us hold here in Seekerville.
The National Reader's Choice Award. Author registration open from Oct. 1 through Dec. 1, 2011.Books must be received by January 15th, 2012.
Seekerville is giving away one reimbursement of the GH entry fee to one commenter who enters the 2012 GH. This giveaway will remain open until the RWA GH deadline or the contest is closed due to reaching the maximum entries. All you have to do is submit a copy of the RWA confirmation email to us at our Seekerville contact email. One winner will be chosen from all the confirmations sent to us, and announced no later than December 2 2011. (once again: you not only have to enter the GH, send us proof of entry but you have to comment in Seekerville) You can enter the GH now before the 1,200 entry slots are filled and send your msc to them by the deadline.Note the GH requires a completed manuscript.
We hope you didn't miss the recent post on the Golden Heart by two 2011 winners, Anne Barton and Lisa Connelly. Check it out here.
Hook Line & Sinker. Deadline is tomorrow (November 1st) but you you can still enter electronically. Hone your skills in hooking an editor or agent.Three Hudson Valley RWA members, at least one published, will critique the first three pages of your manuscript. The five entries with the highest scores will be ranked by Harlequin editor BRENDA CHIN.
Gotcha! DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Final deadline: November 6, 2011, 5:00 p.m. PST. (I love this contest and have judged it every year for the last three years. Do yourself a favor and enter. ) 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. All electronic.
Susan Litman, Silhouette
Single Title/Mainstream Contemporary:
Meredith Giordan, Berkeley/Jove
Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue
Historical (Before 1945):
Allison Byers, The Wild Rose Press
Paranormal (Specialty/Time Travel/Fantasy):
Sue Grimshaw, Ballentine/Bantam Dell
Becky Monds, Thomas Nelson
Pikes Peak Fiction Writing Contest. (Membership in the Pikes Peak Writers is free!) September 15, 2011: The 2012 PPW Fiction Writing Contest opens and begins to accept entries. November 15, 2011, 11:59 p.m., Mountain Time: Deadline to submit contest entries. All electronic. Check the guidelines as this contest is also open to short stories. Basically the synopsis and first chapter. (synopsis up to 1,250 words and first chapter up to 4,000 words)
Keep an eye on the website. Finalist judging list is incomplete at this time.
2012 Contest Categories
Children's (Ages 8-12)
Young Adult (Ages 12-18)
Short Stories (all genres)
The Write Stuff Contest. Deadline December 1. Winners in each contest received $100 cash! Online contest. First 15 pages. All electronic.
Contemporary Romance – Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency
Historical Romance– Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Paranormal Romance– Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Adult Mainstream Fiction– Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary Agency
Young Adult Fiction– to be announced.
Great Expectations. (My favorite contest I never finaled in!) Early bird entry fee deadline is December 10. Regular deadline is December 30th. First 25 pages and micro synopsis.
This contest is open to all authors who have never been published in book-length romantic fiction as well as authors who have not been contracted or published in the entered category during the last three years (during 2009, 2010, or 2011).
Single Title Contemporary ~ Meredith Giordan, Berkley
Erotic Romance ~ Katherine Pelz, Berkley
Historical Romance ~ Sue Grimshaw, Random House
Inspirational Romance ~ Natalie Hanemann, Thomas Nelson
Specialized (FFTP) ~ Talia Platz, NAL
Mainstream with Romantic Elements ~ Emilia Pisani, Pocket Books
Romantic Suspense ~ TBA
Young Adult ~ Elizabeth Bistrow, NAL
WOW: Women On Writing Fiction Quarterly Contest. Open September - November 30th, Midnight (Pacific Time). "WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season and the flavor of our sponsor, if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That's not to say that our guest judge will feel the same... so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let's have some fun!"
Maximum: 750--Minimum: 250 The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word's word count to determine the submitted entry's word count.Open Prompt: Open to any style and genre. From horror to romance!
Entry Fee: $10.00 We are limiting the amount of entries to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.
Check out the great prizes, including cash! Final judge is Literary Agent Andrea Hurst.
Are you a poet or short story writer? Poets & Writers magazine has an online listing of upcoming contests here.
That's it. Go forth and contest and see you here at 12 midnight EST for our grand prize winner announcement.