Monday, October 27, 2008

2009 Manic Readers Romance Novel Writing Contest


Welcome to the 2009 Manic Readers Romance Novel Writing Contest - NAL Publishing editor, Becky Vinter

Contest Rules:
1. Entries will be accepted between January 3, 2009 and February 28, 2009
2. Entries must be written to the theme of "Men in Uniform". Heat level: Steamy!
3. This is a novel length (80k - 100k) contest. Entry length of the excerpt is 1000 words (computer count). Entries over 1000 words will be disqualified. Excerpt can be any part of the story as long as it follows the above theme. Excerpt must be from a new, not yet published, manuscript.
4. Entrants must be registered with the Manic Readers website
5. All entries will be submitted via a submission form on the Manic Readers website, more info on that coming soon.
6. All entries will be kept anonymous but assigned an entry identification number
7. Beginning March 1, 2009, Manic Readers will post 20% of the entries at the beginning of each of the following weeks:
March 1st
March 8th
March 15th
March 22nd
March 29th
8. Each week registered users can vote for their top two entries (one vote per entry)
9. The top two entries from each week will be posted April 5, 2009 and read by Becky Vinter
10. Contest is open to unpublished writers and published authors not published with NAL Publishing
11. One entry per person – multiple entries will be disqualified
Contest Prizes:
1. The top 10 entries receiving the most votes will be read by Becky Vinter
2. The entry with the most votes will be named “Readers’ Choice”
3. Becky Vinter will name one of the top 10 entries “Editor’s Choice”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the manuscript have to be finished in order to enter the contest?

A: That’s up to you. However, if the editor really loves your excerpt she may ask you for the full manuscript A few FAQs about the contest

Q: Is this a short story contest?

A: No. The 1,000 words is simply an excerpt from your manuscript.

Q: Can the excerpt be from a published or previously published work?

A: No. The excerpt must be from a new story not yet published.

Q: Does the manuscript have to be finished in order to enter the contest?

A: That’s up to you. However, if the editor really loves your excerpt she may ask you for the full manuscript.

Q: How long does the manuscript need to be if she does ask me for the full?

A: Novel length--80k to 100k words.

Q: How steamy can the excerpt be?

A: The best way to know how steamy your story can be is to read a few of the NAL romance books. They range from normal mainstream, to pretty hot stuff and Ms. Vinter said she liked steamy!

Therefore, a sweet story wouldn't work for this particular contest.

Questions & Answers: http://www.manicreaders.com/messageboard/messages.cfm?threadid=EE27FAD0-FF47-BC38-37E5011B1D6ADB21

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