Want to bring your writing up
to the next level? Enter our Can't Lose Novel and Memoir Contest. Not only will you have the chance to win a prize
package that will polish your prose and strengthen your
writing skills, every entry receives a detailed critique
of the submission package, a comprehensive edit of the first
500 words, and an electronic copy of the Inspiration for Writers
Tips and Techniques Workbook. Now is the time to invest
in your writing--and yourself.
First prize: Gift package worth over $500, including
a professional edit and critique of up to 15,000 words (value
$450) of a single document; books on the craft of writing, including
a bound copy of the Inspiration for
Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook complete with reproducible
worksheets ($25.00), The Little Brown Compact Handbook
by Jane E. Aaron (fifth edition, $62.40), Marc McCutcheon's The
Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters
($14.99), The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic ($21.99);
a magnetic copy of The Writer's Prayer ($3.00); set of ten Writer's
Prayer note cards ($15.00); and 2 Inspiration for Writers pens
Second prize: A certificate for 20% off any one
Third prize: A certificate for 20% off any one
Entry fee: $40. ALL ENTRIES receive a detailed
critique of the submission package (approximate value of $75),
a complimentary edit of the first 500 words ($15 value*), and
an electronic copy of the Inspiration
for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook ($10 value).
Payment may be made by paypal or by personal check or money order
drawn on US funds and sent to: Inspiration for Writers Contest,
1527 18th Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 USA.
Click on the icon below to pay
by paypal. IMPORTANT: When you receive your payment confirmation
screen, be sure to click on the little box on the bottom of the
screen that says, "Return to Merchant." This will take
you to the screen to download your workbook. If you do not click
on this box, you will need to email Sandy
to get the download. Once your payment has been sent, you may
email your submission package to the contest administrator as
Entry Deadline: January 15, 2009. Entries will be considered
received when both the manuscript package (as described below)
is received and the payment of the $40 entry fee is received.
A confirmation email will be sent to you within 1 business day.
If you do not receive a confirmation email, please send a query
or phone Sandy at 304-428-1218.
Inspiration for Writers will
announce the winners on or before March 31, 2009. Inspiration
for Writers is not responsible for entries or payments not received.
We WILL send confirmation emails.
Submit: A one-page synopsis and the first three chapters
of a completed, unpublished novel or book-length memoir. A manuscript
will be considered published if 1000 or more copies have been
Submission package: It is preferred that submissions be
made electronically, sent by email to contest@InspirationForWriters.com.
Email subject should be "Novel Contest." Email text
should state the author's full name and the statement, "Please
enter my attached manuscript in your Inspiration for Writers
Novel Contest." We will not open attachments without this
statement. (It's fine to include additional text within the body
of the email.)
Manuscripts should be formatted
as detailed below and saved in Microsoft Office Word (any version
with .doc or .docx extensions) or Rich Text Format (.rtf extension).
The submission package should be sent as a single document. The
cover page should contain the author's name, address, email address,
and telephone number in the upper left corner. The center of
the page should contain the name of the manuscript, the genre
(memoir, romance, mainstream, etc.), and the word count of the
completed manuscript (not just what is being sent). The next
page should be the synopsis. The first three chapters
The manuscript should be formatted
- All pages should be in Times
New Roman 12-point font.
- The author's name should appear
on the cover page only.
- The heading should include the
title of the manuscript on the left and the page number on the
- All pages should be left adjusted
with a ragged right margin.
- Paragraphs should be indented
¼ to ½ inch; a line should not be skipped between
- The synopsis should be single-spaced.
- Chapters should be double-spaced.
The fine print:
If not now, when?
- All entries must be in English
- All entries must be the original
work of the submitter.
- This competition is open to
writers of any age, from anywhere in the world (unless prohibited
by local regulations). Employees and contractors of Inspiration
for Writers and immediate family members of Inspiration for Writers
employees and contractors are prohibited from entering.
- Entries will be judged based
upon literary merit, adherence to guidelines, quality of writing,
and clarity of prose.
- Should any viruses be detected
within the email or the submission package, the manuscript will
- Chances of winning depend upon
the number of entries received.
- Inspiration for Writers is not
responsible for any delay in receiving your manuscript.
- Once judging begins, correspondence
concerning the submission package is prohibited.
- If the first place winner resides
outside the United States, he or she must pay for actual shipping
costs of prizes. If submitted electronically, there are no shipping
fees for the professional edit and critique, and there are no
shipping fees for winners residing within the United States.
Other than the $40 submission fee and the shipping fee for winners
outside the United States, there are no other fees associated
with submitting, winning, or claiming prizes.
* Note: $15 value is based upon
word count, not the $45 minimum charge per submission.
Questions? Email Contest@InspirationForWriters.com