Contest round up: December

Everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I hope? Good. Because you’ll need all that food to bolster yourself for next month’s contests:

This one’s a bit different, in that it’s for published authors. Open to any author who’ve between three and five books published (self-pubbed and English translations welcome), you must have published between June 2011 and May of 2013-deadline to enter is May 1, 2013.

Of course, the Golden Heart has opened to entries. There’s been a change in the rules, and a few categories eliminated, so be sure to read the rules carefully. There’s no limit to the number of entries, as long as you pay the entry fee for each. Submission deadline is January 2, 2013.

Romance not your cup of tea? Mystery Writers of America’s First Crime Novel contest is open to entries through December 17th. Murder, or some other serious crime, is at the heart of the story. Contest is open to writers unpublished in novel-length work (40K or more).

Writer’s Digest always has some sort of story competition going on. Most of these are closed to entries, but the short story contest is still open.

And of course, what contest round up would be complete without a few pitch opportunities? Brenda Drake, alone with 30+ other agented writers, editorial interns, and other industry peeps are doing Pitch Wars. It’s your opportunity to get some feedback on your query letter and polish it until it shines like a lightbulb, and then your coach pitches your manuscript to an agent.

Not about to be outdone, Feaky Snucker and Jessa are hosting Pitchmas. Hone your 35 word pitch and post it on Feaky Snucker’s blog on the evening of December 4th, and sit back and wait for the requests to start rolling in. Seven editors from a handful of small publishers/digital first imprints are participating, along with eight agents. Need some help with your pitch? Post your pitch on Jessa’s blog during the day on December 4th and get feedback on how to make it stronger. The contest ends with a Twitpitch party on December 6th. You don’t have to participate in the pitch honing workshop or blog pitch portion to participate, but make sure you use the hashtag – otherwise your pitch won’t be seen.

All right. Flex your contest muscles and dive on in!

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