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5/16/12 8:51 P

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ATTN WRITERS!

Call for submissions! The Wordsmith Journal Magazine

TWJM is now accepting short story submissions. Guidelines: Open to all genres in Christian fiction, sweet level stories, or stories with a strong moral message. NO explicit content. Word count 1,000 - 1,800 (slight leeway). Writing credit only (non-paying) publication. Send submissions to Shawna Williams, twjmsubmissions@gmail.com. Include genre and word count in the body of the email. Submission should be sent as an attachment in Microsoft word.doc.

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4/24/12 9:55 A

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I can't help you there. All I contests I enter are from RWA chapters.



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4/23/12 3:04 P

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Does anyone have a good, concise list of ways to tell if a contest is on the up-and-up?

I know there are a lot of scams out there.

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4/19/12 8:38 A

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Definitely go for it. And keep us updated.



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4/18/12 2:57 P

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Sounds great. I say go for it! emoticon

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4/18/12 12:37 P

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It's a $55 entry fee with critique.

If you get into the finals with this contest, there's a lot of agent/editor exposure that goes with it.

First of all, an agent or editor from the genre judges all finalists, so you're guaranteed a read of your first 20 pages and summary.
Second, all finalist attendees of the conference get a free extra pitch appointment with that agent or editor.
Third, you get an exclusive cocktail reception with the agents, editors and convention speakers for networking on the evening before the conference begins.
Fourth, if you win, you get the prize, the prestige, etc.
Finally, the judging agent or editor almost always requests a full manuscript from the winner, and about half the time, requests the same from all finalists. I don't have any kind of information as to how many of these requests have led to publication, but getting the full manuscript in the door is a pretty significant step.

I've been watching other authors enter, final and win in this contest for over a decade, and I know I write as well or better than a lot of them. My one weakness is that my book is urban fantasy, and it gets lumped in with the whole Speculative Fiction genre - which historically has more entries than any other in this contest. Last year, they didn't even have 5 finalists in some of the categories because there weren't enough entries scoring over 130. If I wrote mainstream or action/thriller, my score would have made the finals easily.

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4/18/12 8:38 A

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I'm with CapeCodBabe. If you're entering to get it in front of agents, I say go for it. If you want feedback, I say go for it. If you're just doing it for the prestige, then maybe enter another.

I signed with my agent because of a contest final. So obviously I'm a big fan of contests. :)



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4/18/12 8:22 A

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I'm not familiar with that contest.

I entered my screenplay in an International film festival. I placed 4th, but it cost me $50 or $60 to enter. If I were to enter another, I think I would enter a different play in a different festival. (I know they liked my first screenplay).

Does it cost money to re-enter?

Are you re-entering to get it sent to the literary agents?

Have you made enough changes/edits/improvements?

Do you think if a judge recognized the story they would give it the consideration it deserves?

Lots to think about. Good Luck!

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4/17/12 1:44 P

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Here's a contest question that's bugging me.

Re-enter a high-scoring non-winner that's been improved, or go with something new?

I entered my urban fantasy novel in the Colorado Gold contest last year. I scored 134/200 points - which is not too bad. Their rules say the top 5 entries that score over 130 are chosen as the finalists. Finalists are then sent to literary agents in the genre who pick the final winner.

I didn't make the finals, but as you can see, did have the point score necessary. It's just that there were at least 5 other entries that scored higher.

I've made significant changes to my initial chapters and my plot summary based largely on the feedback from that contest. I've also finished the book and I'm getting it ready for submission to agents/editors.

I also have my second novel in progress. I could enter that one. It's fresh, and even in first draft form, I think it's better than my entry last year.

My question is whether to re-enter the previous book, done better, or enter the new one. There are a limited number of judges for this contest, and I can be pretty sure at least one of the judges will be one who read my entry last year, if not both. They'll be likely to at least recognize that they've read it before.

Thoughts?

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4/17/12 12:57 P

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My reply was not an accusation. SP searches are notoriously inaccurate. The problem is that there are only a limited number of "Sticky" topics available and when a new topic is created it pushes others down the list where they are not quickly seen. No one's fault.

Writer's Digest's contest is running again:

www.writersdigest.com

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4/17/12 12:30 P

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By the way, I did do a search on "Contest" and "Contests" and this thread didn't come up - which is why I went ahead and started a new one.

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There are two contests I'm working on:

The first is novel-length fiction. Submission is the first two chapters and an eight page summary of the entire plot. It's for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, but it's open to anyone, not just the Rocky Mountain region.
www.rmfw.org/contest

The second is a smaller contest, for a writing blog - JournalJabber. I don't know anything about it except that the blog owner is affiliated with the publisher of my friend's novel. But there's no entry fee, so that's good.
www.journaljabber.webs.com/

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9/29/11 2:15 P

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Check out this one:

whrwa.com/emily/

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9/14/11 9:43 P

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Writer's Digest's writing competitions end this time of year. I think I'll do it next year since I just found these and don't have any pages polished enough to enter. Has anyone here ever won or entered a WD contest? Can you give any tips?

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8/28/11 12:44 P

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Congrats CapeCodBabe! I'll keep my fingers & toes crossed for you!
Gabby308 Good question, why don't you ask them and let us know the answer to that question? I don't plan on entering but there are others here who might. Whatever it is, just as CapeCodBabe said, it'll look good on your resume.

Whenever you run across a contest don't forget to post it!

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@lsbeth - thanks for the post. I'm very new at this. I looked at that contest and didn't even know what the prize was. What's a 5K gps?

@elle - Good luck - Hope you make the top 3!






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Congratulations. I'm rooting for you.

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Congrats on making top 10 and good luck.

I think this thread is an excellent idea - writers helping writings - that's what it's all about!



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I just entered a screenplay in a nationwide Film Festival and I'm in the top ten. I find out in September if I'm in the top 3. Even if I don't make the top 3, it's good to put on my writer resume LOL

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I thought a thread about new writing contests we hear about would be helpful.

Writing.com is having a Food is Life contest. click here for submission rules:
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