Thankfully, my lovely agent, Janet Reid, thought up a great idea.
We're holding a contest for all unagented and unpublished writers. The road to publication is long and daunting and I shed several tears along the way (the good and bad kind), so now that I have a book coming out, I want to try to help someone else who was in my position.
Janet wants to find the next debut writer with a great voice and energetic prose. (So that she can try to sign and sell them of course.)
Here are the details:
The contest is open to American writers who are not published in novel-length form (published includes self-published) and who are not represented by an agent.
The prize is:
1. Registration for the Backspace Writing Conference in NYC (May 24-26)
2. Hotel for three nights (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
3. Travel stipend of $300
4. Lunch with Janet Reid
The winner will be announced on April 24, 2012th to celebrate the release of Unraveling.
Here's how to enter:
(Janet's big on directions so read them all)
1. EMAIL your query letter and your finished novel to Janet@fineprintlit.com
The subject line must be: Liz Norris Pay It Forward Contest entry.
The query must be in the body of the email.
The novel must be an attachment in .doc form
2 SEND between March 1, 2012 and March 15, 2012. Entries received before or after those dates will not be considered.
3. Your entry will be acknowledged by email.
4. Your manuscript must be in English.
5. Your manuscript must be properly formatted: 1" margins, TNR font 12 pt.
We do not accept any responsibility for manuscripts that cannot be opened or read.
The contest is open to novels in any category or genre.
You are not eligible to enter if you have an agent, or have been published in novel-length form.
You agree we can publicize your name, the title of your book and your photo for publicity purposes.
Questions? Post in the comment section of this blog post OR tweet to me @liz_norris or Janet @janet_reid
Contest opens March 1!