SERIOUS WRITERS GROUP
January 30, 2013 (apply to enter) & February 2, 2013 (submit your entry)
*Shudder* * Tremble* – You have no idea what the topic is going to be. You have no idea what the word limit will be. You do know that you’ll only have 24-hours to complete your story and exactly when that 24-hour clock will start. You also know there will be no deviation from the rules allowed. The pressure mounts. As the start day and time approaches, the tension rises. Turn on your computer, dust off your keyboard. Soon, it will be On Your Mark, Get set, Go…
First Prize – $200
Second Prize – $100
Third Prize – $50
-It is a two part entry process. On January 30, you will submit your email address. On February 2, you will submit your story. See below.
- You must be a member of The Serious Writers Group to enter.
-Anyone of any status is welcome to enter.
-To ENTER, send an email to alsam2 – firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “contest” in the subject line. NO STORIES, just your email address is needed. The deadline for sending ¬¬your email address is 12:00 pm EST, Weds—January 30, 2013. Email contact information will not be accepted after that date. Email respondents will be instructed the following week concerning their entries (see below).
-On Saturday—February 2, 2013, at exactly 12:00 pm EST, you will receive an email with the story topic (with sample paragraph), and the maximum word count. You will have up to 24-hours to email your completed story back. Paste your story in the body of the email or attach as a word document. Do not put your name on the story itself. It MUST be received by 12:00 pm EST, Sunday—February 3, 2013.
-Your story must touch upon the topic in some way. If it does not, it will be disqualified.
-You must not exceed the maximum word count. One word over and it will be disqualified. All entries will be checked with alsam2’s trusty PC laptop, Word 7. What it says the word count is, is your official word count. Titles do not count in the word tally.
-Entries must be received within the 24-hour period. One minute late and it will be disqualified. No exceptions. “I forgot, my ISP was slow, my computer broke, I was in the hospital, I was kidnapped, my house was struck by a meteor, the dog peed on my keyboard, etc.” will not be accepted. It must hit alsam2’s inbox by 12:00 pm EST on Sunday—Feb. 3, no later.If it doesn’t, out it goes; you’ll just have to wait for the next contest. And if you live in a different time zone, you’re going to have to figure that out and adjust ahead of time. That excuse won’t fly either.
-One story per entrant. It must be a complete story. We will be looking primarily for originality, as well as a well-written and edited piece.
-Moderators of Serious Writers will not be eligible to enter this contest.
-Judging will commence Monday, February 4, 2013.
-The entries will be judged blind. Member alsam2 will forward the stories to the judges WITHOUT the author’s names. There will be no “popular” votes. Judges will rate each story 1-10, votes will be averaged, the highest three averages will be the winners.
-Winners will be contacted by email, so that the authors can create a cover for their book. Winners will then be posted in the appropriate groups (Serious Writers, Reading List, Contests & More, etc.).
If you have any questions please contact member: alsam2
-Winners to claim their cash prize must establish a PayPal account.
EMBRACE THE PRESSURE!
Click HERE to go to the contest page.
So you flashed us with your fiction and we’re ready to announce the winners. After reading through the top 15 entries (that were chosen from 138 entries!) and the 12 nominated wildcard entries (totaling at 27 entries to choose the winners from), the BookRix Team of Judges was finally able to choose the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. But let me tell you – it was not an easy task. All of the entries were written by talented and creative authors, making our decision that much more difficult. In the end, we had to include three Honorable Mentions to show you just how hard it was to judge this contest. Congratulations to the winners and to everyone else who participated – you are all fantastic!
Here are your top three winners. Make sure you take the time to read them and leave a comment.
The 1st place winner, who is walking away with a $300 Amazon gift card, is Patrick Spiker (goffer23) with Stricken.
A storm is ravaging a quiet country meadow. For the two freezing, terrified girls running though it, however,the storm is the least of their problems.
The 2nd place winner, who is proud to have a $200 Amazon gift card headed his way, is Patrick Sean Lee (felixthecat) with Valeriya.
On the morning of July 17, 1874, the Royal family awaits their individual fates. The day before, the revolutionary party commandant had decreed their deaths, but a plea by Emperor Stanislaus will possibly save them.
The 3rd place winner, already planning how to spend a $100 Amazon gift card, is Bram Floria (crosswaysnet) with The Appointment.
A new man, with a new outlook on life…
And here are your three honorable mentions:
To find out who else was in the top 15, click HERE.
To see all of the contest participants, click HERE.
To view the other wildcard entries, click HERE.
Vigilant One Championship 2013 – User Group Contest
Wanna be a champion? Who doesn’t? The Vigilant One, a great member of BookRix, is REALLY hard to impress and has a contest of his own up his sleeve. Think you can impress him? Write the novice novel that will make YOU the Vigilant One Champion and be the one and only to win $500 cash!
Your entry better be polished, your style unique and your story original or you won’t make the cut!
* This contest is open to all BookRix members and is free to enter.
*Entries must be a complete book with a discernible beginning, middle, and end, and have a creation date of Oct. 1, 2012 or later.
*You can only enter once so make sure that it’s your best work.
*Your book must be a minimum of 5,000 words and must contain original cover art. No translucent BookRix titles and stock photos.
How to Enter the Contest:
* Submit your story in the contest entry thread, when it opens, in the I Love BookRix Writing Contests group between Dec. 13, 2012 –March 1, 2013, 11am EST, 4pm London Time/GMT.
Member, vigilantoneful, will decide on the one winner to be announced in the “I Love BookRix writing Contests” group in the following months.
Remember, THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE CHAMPION!!!
100% of the prize funds are sponsored by member, vigilantoneful.
If it is decided that no entry is worthy of the title, the prize money will be increased and the championship may restart.
If you have any questions please contact member: Vigilantoneful
Please click HERE to visit the contest page.
Need some inspiration for your own novel? Here are a few completed novels (each longer than 5000 words) for you to read:
It’s NaNoWriMo time again! Starting on November 1st (which means if you haven’t already started, GET GOING, you’re late!) writers have to put pen to paper, creating a 50,000 word (about 175 page) book by the end of the month. National Novel Writing Month was started to inspire everyone who wants to be a writer, but who have always said “later.” It takes a lot of time and energy to write a novel, but with this deadline, you really only give up one month and the end result is a finished novel!
The great thing about NaNoWriMo is that there are no expectations – you can write about anything your heart desires. If you’ve had an idea on the back burner for years, now is the time to bring it out and make it boil! If, after writing for an entire month, you realize your book is sheer genius – GREAT – publish it and make millions. If not, at least you wrote a book and it didn’t take you half a lifetime to complete it.
For most writers, actually finishing a novel is half the battle. We’ve all got great ideas and brilliantly witty characters, but are completely unsure about how to end the book in such a way that the reader is simultaneously sad and happy. They are sad that the book is finished, but also happy to have discovered their new favorite author. That’s a lot of pressure. NaNoWriMo alleviates that pressure by encouraging writers to write for themselves; not for the reader.
It doesn’t even matter what your day job is; for the month of November, we’re all novelists! It’s a great way for teachers, laywers, mechanics and moms to all get together and unite under one simple goal: Write a book.
Here are some great books by authors who don’t need NaNoWriMo to complete a novel – May we all have books for sale in Amazon at the end of this challenge:
THE FLASH FICTION CONTEST!
Flash us with your fiction! That’s right! Show us whatcha got. We want to see it all (ahem…in writing, of course). A short fictional story (300 to 1000 words) is what we want from you. Don’t miss your chance to win one of our three, really cool, prizes!
First place prize: $300 Amazon gift card
Second place prize: $200 Amazon gift card
Third place prize: $100 Amazon gift card
Just think of how many eBooks that would get you!
This is an opportunity for you to use your imagination and dream up a short fictional story. You have the freedom to choose your topic as long as it fits the fiction theme. However, please read the Guidelines and the complete Conditions of Entry for eligibility requirements.
And you’d better get started now – there are already a ton of great entries posted in the contest!