Well folks, since this month’s “First Sentence Flash Contest” was such a success, writers have been contacting me to ask for more.
So I’m pleased to announce another writing contest, titled “The Polished Paragraph.”
Agents and editors encourage us to polish our work before submitting.
I’ve attended many writer’s conferences (SCBWI, Highlights Foundation Workshops, Rutgers One on One, Historical Novel Society International Conference and Cliff House Writers Writer’s Retreat) And every agent or editor, that ever there was, has told us they can tell when a manuscript is “NOT” ready to be submitted simply by reading the first paragraph.
Some even extend their sleuthing abilities to your query letter to determine the worthiness of your manuscript.
So with Roxanne Werner’s comments on your “opening line” in the last Storyteller Scroll contest, I hope by now you have revised it.
She also mentioned, “Don't feel the need to force everything plus the kitchen sink into that opening line. Give yourself a paragraph with a novel.”
With that in mind, this new contest will help you “polish” your first paragraph. And I will be assisting you to make your paragraph shine.
This contest is open to MG and YA writers in any genre. (Don’t worry PB writers. Next month it’s your turn J)
My affiliations are SCBWI, YALITCHAT, YA WONDERWRITERS, THE RED PEN MG WRITERS, CLIFF HOUSE WRITERS (MIXED LEVELS) and THE POETS’ GARAGE.
THE “WINNER” WILL RECEIVE A FULL FIRST CHAPTER CRITIQUE FROM ME.
- ****Make sure you are a follower of the Storyteller’s Scroll.
- ****Submit your first paragraph, title and genre in the comment section.
- ****Vote for the paragraph you think should receive the full chapter critique.
- Ah-Ah-Ah! You can't vote for yourself.
The paragraph with the most votes wins the critique. It’s that easy. Free advice and a full chapter critique for some lucky writer.
Contest starts Wednesday, February 22nd at NOON and ends Tuesday, February 28th at NOON. Winner announced on the 29th. Maybe this leap year will bring good luck to one of you. J