Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A Halloween Writing Contest with Romance Novel TV

I've been invited to be the "guest judge" this week in a month-long Halloween writing contest over on Romance Novel TV. If you haven't discovered this cool site yet, you need to get yourselves on over there! (Exclusive video interviews with your favorite authors, great contests, and a really fun bunch of crazy women who know how to keep things interesting.) Anyway, the contest is being hosted by Avon author Kathryn Caskie, and features a different guest judge each week. Being asked to be a guest judge this week means that I also got to choose this week's theme, so I chose to throw a virtual Halloween party! All week long, posters can post writing samples with a Halloween-related theme, Halloween pictures, Halloween recipes... you get the idea! It's really simple... all you have to do is post! Here's the official info on the contest from the Romance Novel TV website:

Each week the guest judge (this week that would be me!) will choose 2 winners. One winner will receive a box of Halloween chocolates (made especially for the contest by The Nut Shoppe), a Waldenbooks/Borders gift card and a selection of coverflats including Avon author Kathy Caskie's newest cover for How to Propose to a Prince! Our other winner will win a 10 page critique by our guest judge! (um... did I mention that would be ME?) :)

How to Enter: (aka the "fine print") Go to Romance Novel TV and leave a post under the thread called "Week 4 Contest~ Share your Halloween Stories to win!" If you post under this thread and tell your story, you are in the running to win the chocolates and gift cards. The most interesting, scary, unique, horrifying or funny story of the week wins. Just keep the weekly theme in mind.

If you wish to be considered for the critique of your first ten manuscript pages 1) you cannot already be published in book-length fiction, and 2) a release, supplied to each weekly winner, must be signed before the guest author will read or critique your work. Lastly, 3) at the start of your posts, please begin by typing AA to indicate Aspiring Author. (Note: Guest authors cannot be bribed. It's against the rules.) DARN!

Please keep to a word limit of 1000 words and content to a PG-13 level.


So there you have it. It's a contest, and all you have to do is post. If you're an aspiriting author, you get an extra added bonus in that you can post in the hopes of winning a critique. Come by and poke around on the Romance Novel TV message board. People are posting stories, Halloween memories, pictures of their favorite Halloween costumes. It's fun, and it goes on all week. The winners will be chosen on Saturday, October 27th. Hope to see you there!

No comments: