Writing Contest Makes Every Entrant a Winner with a 750-word Critique

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The Writing Show First-Chapter-of-a-Novel Contest offers all entrants a professional 750-word critique.

Want to get published but don't know how your novel measures up? Enter The Writing Show First Chapter Contest and get 750 words of feedback from publishing industry pros. Each critique will detail the chapter's positive attributes and suggest how the work can be improved. All contestants will also receive a week's free access to Literary Market Place Online, a searchable database of the North American book publishing industry.

First prize for this best first chapter of an unpublished novel competition is $500, the two-volume print version of Literary Market Place, and an interview on the popular podcast The Writing Show. Two second prizes comprise $100 each.

The early deadline is May 15, 2007 with a $35 entry fee; the late deadline is June 15, 2007 with a $45 entry fee. Winners will be announced on November 15, 2007.

Judges, who will provide the critiques, include publishers, editors, reviewers, authors, and other industry professionals. The winning entries will be selected by a celebrity panel that includes best-selling crime fiction author C.J. Box, who writes the Joe Pickett novels set in the U.S. mountain west.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

1. Story. Is it a compelling read with a great hook? Are we engaged?

2. Style. Is the writing smooth and tight, without awkward constructions, extraneous verbiage, and redundancies?

3. Dialog. Is the dialog natural and does it move the story along?

4. Character. Are the characters interesting? Do we care about them?

5. Mechanics. Are grammar, spelling, and punctuation correct?

Rules, instructions for entering, and more detail can be found on The Writing Show Web site at http://writingshow.com/?p=239. Writers can listen to a special podcast about the contest at http://www.writingshow.com/podcasts/Contest_2007.mp3.

The contest is sponsored by The Writing Show and Literary Market Place.

About The Writing Show

The Writing Show offers information and inspiration for writers in an interview format. Each week host Paula B. presents a new show designed to shed light on some aspect of writing, writers, publishing, and other topics of interest to people who write. Recent podcasts have highlighted newspaper reporting, writing the celebrity memoir, the art of the short story, and what to look for in self-publishing contracts. Guests have included Wikipedia leader Jimmy Wales, popular self-help author Susan Jeffers, and Josann McGibbon Temkin, co-writer of "Runaway Bride." The show has been airing from Thousand Oaks, California since July of 2005.

The RSS feed for the show is located at http://www.writingshow.com/Feeds/feed.mrss.xml.

About Literary Market Place

Literary Market Place (LMP) is the directory of America and Canadian book publishing. For more than 50 years, LMP has been the resource consulted by practically everyone looking for industry data--whether they are publishing professional, authors, industry watchers, or those seeking to gain entry into the world of publishing.

More information is available at http://www.literarymarketplace.com/lmp/us/index_us.asp.

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