All year, you’ve been learning how to hone new skills that you can apply to your stories.
Ready to see how you’ve improved?
This contest gives you the opportunity to have professional writers take a look at the first five pages of your story–the pages that will hook a reader’s interest. We’ll give you positive feedback and maybe some ideas.
Letting someone else read your stories may be a scary notion for some writers, but who would understand that better than a fellow writer? I personally promise that your entry will be read by kind and sympathetic volunteers who like stories and like to encourage the people who write them. Besides, authors’ names will be removed before entries are forwarded to our readers, so until it’s time to send out the results, take comfort in the knowledge that your identity will be secret . . . incognito . . . completely anonymous.
Here’s what to do:
- Choose a story that you feel reflects your best efforts–something you wrote independently.
- Make sure you’re subscribed by email or RSS Fed to www.aNOVELWritingSite.com. Only regular readers may enter, but subscribing is easy. Just follow the directions in the left side bar under “Subscribe.”
- Send the first 5 pages of your story by midnight, May 1, 2011 as an email attachment to email@example.com. Your submission should be typed, double-spaced with 1″ margins, in Times New Roman font (12 pitch size) and saved as a Word document in Rich Text format (.rtf). Please use a header to show the title of your story and the page number on each page, but do not include your name in the header. If you know the genre of your story, you may include that information also.
- In the body of your email, please be sure to tell us your name and the name of your story. If you could tell us something about yourself, how far along you are in your story, or how long you’ve been writing, that would be interesting as well.
- Entries will be critiqued by one or more of our contributors. We will be VERY gentle and encouraging.
- Categories will depend somewhat on how many entries we receive from writers of various ages in each genre. Winning entries in each category will receive a full critique and a copy of A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction, a compilation of tips from best-selling Christian novelists. This is a really good book!
So be brave! Take the challenge! There’s really nothing to lose but your jitters. 🙂 And don’t forget to subscribe to receive this blog regularly.
Best wishes for a happy new year from your friends at aNOVELWritingSite.com!