Over the course of these five years, we've learned a lot about what makes a great writing contest, and what some people would rather do without, namely, synopses. (Judges and writers alike, really hate them.) We went from five-pages, to a three-pages, and this year, we're down to one-page. *Channeling my inner car salesman*: And that's as low as I can go!
From September 15, 2015 to February 1, 2016, the contest will be opened to both published and non-published authors to submit their best (unpublished), first 20 pages of their book-length manuscript. The two categories are Fiction and Creative/Narrative Nonfiction (we hope to someday expand this into sub-genres and even poetry, middle grade, etc.). We'd love to see more nonfiction (come on, you memoir writers) so that we can hand out two $1000 awards during the 11th Annual NCW Conference.
So I'll make this short and sweet: Visit the contests page, submit, and share it with your fellow writers. Also, if you are interested in being a judge, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org