NaNoWriMo has just begun and we're counting down...61 contest days left in 2013!
Let's share our favorite writing motivational quotes today! What's on your wall or computer?
Are you a librarian or bookseller (or work for them)? Here's a contest that you can sign up to judge. The Book Seller's Best. Click Here.
Today we're giving away a print copy of:
ROMANCE-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets by Julie Lessman
"Offering tips for ramping up the WOW factor with romance that is both sweet and swoon-worthy."
and to one reader...
Print or ebook as available your Tina Russo or Tina Radcliffe BOC (Book of Choice).
And thanks for the heads up Rose Ross Zediker..it's National Author's Day. Let's do another giveaway! A Seeker Book of Choice!! ebook!
The 2013 National Readers Choice Awards Now open. Deadline December 1.
The RITA. "The RITA Contest is open to 2,000 paid entries. Entry forms and fees must be received on or before 5 p.m. Central Time, November 27, 2013. Entries received after the deadline will not be processed."
The 2013 Lyra Awards are designed to find and promote the best in independent fiction. The contest is open to all independently published eBooks released in 2013. 12 categories. Deadline is December 31, 2013.
Golden Quill. Now open. Deadline January 10.
Bookseller's Best. Now open. Deadline January 15.
Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Now open. Deadline January 15.
Hook Line and Sinker! Ever hear an editor say that if the first three pages don't hook her she'll stop reading? Don't let that happen to you! Hone your writing skills and reel in an editor's attention by entering our Hook, Line and Sinker contest. You'll receive a scoresheet and three written critiques for every submission - and it's only $10 to enter! If you're a top five finalist, your submission will be read and ranked by Harlequin Editor Allison Lyons. The top three finalists win cash prizes. Our contest is open to all authors, published or unpublished. Deadline for submission is November 1, (TONIGHT!)so enter now! Entry is the first three pages.
2014 RWA Golden Heart Awards. FROM RWA: The online entry form for the Golden Heart Contest will open at 9 a.m. CT on November 12, 2013.
This contest requires a full manuscript. There is no feedback." The Golden Heart contest is open to RWA members only. The entry fee is $50; entries must be submitted to RWA's contest site no later than 5 p.m. CT, Dec. 13, 2013. The Golden Heart contest is limited to 1,200 paid entries. "
For the THIRD YEAR, Seekerville will again be offering entry fee reimbursement to the 2014 Golden Heart Awards. With a twist!~This year we are narrowing that to the Inspirational Category entry only in an effort to keep the category open. And we are offering TWO reimbursements of the entry fee.
This opportunity is open from the entry date through to the Golden Heart deadline.
Send proof of entry to the Seekerville email address (may send multiple proofs if you enter multiple times in the inspy category). Winners will be announced in January 2014.
The Olympia for Unpublished Authors. Open for Submissions:November 01, 2013. Deadline is December 13, 2013. Sumit your first two chapters (or 3,500 words). Entries should contain a 250-300 word summary as well as an additional 2-4 sentences stating the spiritual theme and how it is worked into the characters's lives. Including a key verse with the spiritual theme is optional but encouraged.
2014 ROUND THREE JUDGES ARE:
AMANDA LUEDEKE--Agent, Macgregor Literary Agency
MARCY DYER--Editor, Prism Book Group
ROSSLYN ELLIOTT--Author and 2011 COTT Laurel Award Winner
Great Expectations. Deadline December 29. Sunday, December 8, 2013, midnight CST deadline for EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT. 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 2011, 2012, or 2013). Entry includes 5,000 word entry limit instead of page count. NO synopsis or blurb.Finalists will be asked to include an unjudged synopsis for editors.
CONTEMPORARY SERIES – MEGAN LONG
Associate Editor, Harlequin Publishing
HISTORICAL – CHELSEY EMMELHAINZ
Assistant Editor, William Morrow Avon
INSPIRATIONAL – RAELA SCHOENHERR
NEW ADULT – ELIZABETH POTEET
St. Martin's Press
MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS – ALEX LOGAN
Editor, Grand Central Publishing/Forever
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE – LAURA FAZIO
Assistant Editor, NAL
SINGLE TITLE – MADELEINE COLAVITA
Editorial Assistant, Grand Central Publishing
SPECIALIZED – KRISTINE SWARTZ
Editorial Assistant, Berkley Publishing
YOUNG ADULT – JULIE MIANECKI
Editorial Assistant, Berkley Publishing Group
Start gearing up!
The 2014 ACFW Genesis Contest opens in January!
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 Suzie Townsend.
Midlife Collage is looking for submissions in our free-entry contests. We run weekly, online writing contests for a cash prize. Perhaps you would be eligible and interested in submitting a short story. Please see our Submissions page for the guidelines and contest rules. U.S. citizens and legal residents age 40 and older may enter. (LOVE THIS!!)
November Contest Diva Natalie Monk
2011 Phoenix Rattler - scored low
2012 Phoenix Rattler - much better
2013 Duel on the Delta - high scores
2013 Category 5 - higher still
2013 Lone Star - 1st place Inspirational category
"I first entered contests for feedback when I didn't yet have my lovely critique partners Elaine and Piper and was too shy to let my family see my work.
"Your choice is to refuse to listen to me say your writing (plot and characters) is clichéd . . . or listen, admit I’m right, and then invest your time in learning how to take your story to the next level."
If the judge who said the above stood next to me right now, I'D HUG HER. Why? Because in her comments she took the time to see where I wanted to go with this story, tell me why my story didn't work, and what I COULD do to fix it! She also gave the encouraging reinforcement and the well-placed kick to the rear end that I needed to decide if I was going to risk it all to be better or give up on writing all together, because before her feedback, I was at that point.
The most important advice I've accumulated from contests are REWRITE and STRENGTHEN GMC. No matter how good/strong it is, I can always make it better. And it will likely need to be rewritten again once an agent/editor sees it, so I try to get most of that over with during the contest stage. Also, a necessary byproduct of contesting is PATIENCE and PRAYING. I know both will prove invaluable to me in the quering process--and throughout an author's career, so I've heard.
The Spoonfuls of Sugar:
Positive Feedback - When I know a judge is deadeye honest with me, his/her compliments mean A LOT.
Thick Hide - To take the sting out of hard truths.
Strengthening Friendships - With writers AND judges. The fabulous Nancy Kimball and I critiqued each others' entries for the Lone Star final round and had a blast in the process. At least, I know I did. ;)
The Occasional Final or Win - Extra, extra "sugar in the medicine." And looks good on the book proposal.
Writer Growth - If I knew I'd never final in another contest, I'd still enter, because the acceleration they lend to the learning process is phenomenal.
Check out the Contest Updates, ya'll. Enter, Enter, Enter! Then win--or like me, clamp your nose, close your eyes, and swallow. It will be the best thing you ever did!"
~~~~~That's it. Remember: No guts, no glory!