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Monday, January 12, 2009

Inspiration for Writers Contest Deadline Looms

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Submit a one-page synopsis and the first three chapters of a completed, unpublished novel or book-length memoir.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 or just email me at

Also, if you missed our winter edition of the Inspiration for Writers Newsletter, download your copy at 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.