Friday, October 14, 2011

New Voices and moving forward

First up, congratulations to the 21 finalists in the New Voices contest. How amazing that the editors have given a chance to an extra writer because there were so many they loved?!

Also, I'd like to congratulate every single person who entered. You not only sat down and wrote something, but you were brave enough to submit your work to public view. That deserves applause.

I'd also just like to remind everyone who entered (and who didn't!) that contests are not the be-all and end-all. Not everyone who finals in a contest goes on to publich that manuscript. Not everyone who gets published gets there via a contest. In fact, your odds are probably even better through the slush pile than through a contest, where there can be only one winner.

So keep writing, and keep submitting.

Now if you're not completed contested-out, here's another you might want to look at:

Author Nicola Marsh is running a pitch contest on her blog until Sunday, with critiques from both herself and the senior editor of Entangled Publishing as a prize.

Talking about Entangled, keep an eye on their blog for updated submission calls each month. This month they're looking for contemporary novellas.

And more submission calls ....

Carina Press is looking for winter-themed sci fi novellas, and Avon Romance is looking for soldier homecoming short stories.

6 comments:

joanne pibworth said...

Wise words Romy x

Sally Clements said...

Well said, Romy! Congratulations to the writers going on to the next round, and get writing those subs to everyone else!

Caroline said...

Wise words Romy. Thanks for the headsup with the other contests as well. Caroline x

Sri Pammi said...

Thanks for the reminder, Romy...

Sutton Fox said...

Good advice, Romy. Thanks for the heads up on submission calls!

Maya said...

Great post, Romy. I'm proud of anyone who subs to these competition as it takes guts, but I'm especially proud of the Minxes who entered. You all rock!