I came a great site today that lists writing competitions. Some have entry fees, some not.
Click here for details.
People on the Novels group of the Internet Writing Workshop are most likely sick of my obsession with genres , but it is really important to know which slot your book fits in. Agent Query has a great article on this, and they also list more resources. Well worth the time to check it out. Click here for details.
The puzzlingly named award, First Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now has been divided between two first-time novelists. This is a pretty generous award – £20,000 for previously unpublished novelists. More than 500 writers submitted entries, with Michael Logan and David Logan (no relation) chosen as the joint winners from a shortlist of six.
Both will receive a publishing contract from Pratchett’s publisher Transworld. The prize money will be split between the two.
Another great post from the fine folks at the Writer’s Digest. Click here for details.
When I’m editing my 91,000 word manuscript (over and over and over), one thing that seems to help catch typos is changing fonts. But another tip which is said to help (and which I’ve been too lazy to employ) is to read your work out loud.
Click here for another writer’s perspective.
Just got done with Sandra Brown’s Envy. What a marvel of a plot! Even if you’re not into Women’s Fiction, are turned off by anything non-literary (a.k.a commercial fiction), this is worth a read. Completely gripping page turner, one twist after another, and more marvelously – from the point of this writer – no loose ends left untied.
This from the CRWROPPS-B group on yahoo:
DePaul University Summer Writing Conference
Chicago, Loop Campus
Submit 3 poems, 1 creative nonfiction piece (10 pages or less), or 1 short story (10 pages or less) for the chance to win a Featured Reader spot at DePaul’s Summer Writing Conference, July 15-17. No entry fee. A winner from each of the three genres will be chosen.
Please email submissions to Chris Green, <cd.green(at)sbcglobal.net> by June 20. Everyone who submits work will be notified by email of contest results in late June.
Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.
Click here for the conference schedule. Highlights include:
Keynote Speaker: Journalist and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz will be speaking about “Storytelling as Bearing Witness” and will preview his new film, The Interruptors.
Craft Classes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and writing for children and teens taught by some of the leading writers in the country.
Panels on such topics as Career Paths for Writers, Authorial Marketing, The art of the Query Letter, and The Future of Independent Publishing.
Readings: The first two nights of the conference include food, drinks, participant open mikes, contest winner readings, and faculty readings.