Continuing the series of Frequently Asked Questions about the West Virginia Writers, Inc., Annual Writing Competitions. To see all of the questions, please click HERE.
QUESTION: Should the one-page synopsis be more like the "teaser" summaries that explain what a book is about without spoiling the ending or should it try to tell as much as possible about how the story ends?
ANSWER: No, it should definitely spoil the ending. For a synopsis you need to describe the entire plot of the book, in thumbnail form, in one page. The judge has to be able to see the overall arc of the book's plot, which will help them see how the excerpt submission fits into that picture.