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It’s on! … SHOW ME THE VOICE blogfest/contest starts now

Saturday, 19 March 2011  |  Posted by Brenda Drake


It’s on! Everyone post your entries to your blog now. Get critiques from your followers and the participants, and when you’ve polished those first 250 words send them to me at *** in the body of the email. Or if you don’t need the critiques send off your entry now. And here’s more details…
Here’s how we’re doing it:  Sign up on the linky below. On March 20 and 21, post the first 250 words of your finished manuscript (any genre) on your blog to get critiques from your followers and then hop around to the other participants’ sites and give critiques. Polish those 250 words and email them to me at *** with CONTEST in the subject line by 11:59 PM (EST) on March 22 or before the clock turns 12:00am on March 23 (for clarification :D) This is my birthday, so while you all are scrambling around to get your entry in, I’ll be eating a hot Molten Chocolate Cake at Chili’s–all diets are off! Woot! 

Format your entries like this example:


Name: Brenda Drake
Title: Library Jumpers
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

I swallowed my breath mint the moment some hot guy across the reading room busted me staring at him. I completely froze, blinking, unable to pull my eyes away from him. He totally stood out in the conservative atmosphere of the library with his messy brown hair and tight leather gear. His intense gaze held me for several seconds before I shot my eyes at Afton. Submerged in a book on the Salem witch trials–a strand of her dark hair-weave all twisted around her finger–she hadn’t even noticed him. A gust of air came from his direction and rustled the pages of her book. I swung my eyes back to him. He was gone.

“What the . . .?” I blurted and stood to get a better view of the large reading room. The biography on Samuel Adams slipped from my hand and clunked onto the table.

“Shhh, Gia.” Afton glared over her book at me. “Hello? We’re in a library.”

We weren’t in just any library. We were in the Boston Athenaeum, an exclusive library with a pricey annual fee. Afton’s father got her a membership at the start of summer. It’s a good thing her ticket in allows tag-alongs, since my pop would never splurge like that, not when the public library is free.

“What’s wrong?” Afton asked.

My eyes flicked around the reading room searching for the guy. In the core of the room, a collection of antique furniture and sculptures surrounded large walnut tables with leather chairs.


My example is 253 words because I didn’t want to cut it off in the middle of a sentence. So if your 250 words ends in the middle of one, please go to the end of the sentence.

All entries submitted before the cut off time will be considered. The first round will be judged by a chosen panel of your peers (agented and unagented). We’ll pick the best 20 entries and post them on my blog by March 24. The 20 entries we pick will be judged by Natalie. The winners will be announced on or before Monday, March 28.

And a big thank you for our judge and prize giver, agent Natalie Fischer with the Bradford Literary Agency!

Natalie Fischer’s blog, Adventures in Agentland
Check out her great posts on voice HERE and HERE!

Bet you’re wondering what prizes Natalie is offering, right? Well, here they are:

1st place – a critique of the first 20 pages
2nd place – a critique of the first 10 pages
3rd place – a query critique

Don’t forget to SHOW ME THE VOICE!

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