The deadline for the Inspiration for Writers Can't Lose Novel Contest is Thursday. Submission fee is $40, and EVERY entry receives a detailed critique of the submission package, a comprehensive edit of the first 500 words, and an electronic copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook. This is a great way to have a professional editor look over your submission package and prepare it for submission.
First prize is a gift package worth over $500, including a professional edit and critique of up to 15,000 words (value $450) of a single document; books on the craft of writing, including a bound copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook complete with reproducible worksheets ($25.00), The Little Brown Compact Handbook by Jane E. Aaron (fifth edition, $62.40), Marc McCutcheon's The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters ($14.99), The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic ($21.99); a magnetic copy of The Writer's Prayer ($3.00); set of ten Writer's Prayer note cards ($15.00); and 2 Inspiration for Writers pens ($2.00).
Submit a one-page synopsis and the first three chapters of a completed, unpublished novel or book-length memoir. A manuscript will be considered published if 1000 or more copies have been printed.
For more information, see www.InspirationForWriters.com/contest.html or just email me at Sandy@InspirationForWriters.com.
Also, if you missed our winter edition of the Inspiration for Writers Newsletter, download your copy at http://www.inspirationforwriters.com/IFW%20newsletter-Winter%202008.pdf. This issue includes an interview with publisher Cathy Teets, a book excerpt by author Patsy Pittman's National Best Book Awards Finalist Blood Kin and Other Strangers, a detailed discussion of the craft of Point of View, and Fiction First Aid.