unpublished novelists is ready for take-off.
Novel Rocket’s Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of The Slush Pile, we
continue the tradition and offer a new opportunity.
even though they didn’t win the grand prize. Several—and I don’t mean just one
or two—earlier entrants have found representation, signed publishing
contracts, or are selling enough copies of self-published work to cover the
mortgage; and they credit the opportunity this contest provided them with
helping them follow their dream. We’ll trace a few of their journeys in later
of the contest.
to help unpublished novelists refine their manuscripts, gain submission
experience, and for the grand prize winner, boost that manuscript out of the
slush pile and onto the desk of a hand-picked agent.
winner of a different category. With the announcement of the winner, the
winning entry will be published on this site. Since a good percentage of the
publishing world reads this blog, your work will be brought to the attention to
a number of people who might be interested.
manuscript and a proposal, will move on to the final
round. A new panel of judges (different from the category judges) will choose
one of those finalists to be our Grand Prize winner.
rocket trophy. (The 2012 award is pictured at the beginning of this post). In addition, the winner
will be matched up with an agent or editor specially selected based upon the
writer’s genre, intended audience, and specific needs.
category and broaden the Romance genre to include romances set in any time
for you. Is yours a historical mystery a
la Sherlock Holmes? That’s a good fit in our first category,
Suspense/Crime/Mystery/Thriller. How about a biblically-based drama about the
life and times of Zerubbabel? That could go in our second category, General
Fiction. A time travel piece where a modern-day dude finds himself facing a
club-wielding crazy in the Stone Age? Check “Speculative Fiction” on your entry
gave us the opportunity to add a new category, which we’d discussed earlier but
weren’t sure how it might work: Nonfiction.
been on fiction. But hey, nonfiction writers are people too. They deserve a
place in this world as well as a place in our contest.
writing book-length fiction, we’d love to see it, whether it’s memoir, history,
biography, a collection of essays, travelogue, self-help or how-to, Bible study
or devotional – we only ask that it not go against the Judeo/Christian
worldview. Why? We’re trying to be fair. The judges are Christians, and it
would be difficult for them to give an unbiased assessment of an entry they
find personally offensive. Submissions may be secular; we’re not limiting this
category to Christian subjects. We only ask that nonfiction entries not
denigrate God, the Bible, or Christian teachings.
However, each has a different deadline, and the first one is in April. So mark
these on your calendar:
June 10, 2013
July 10, 2013
August 10, 2013
(chosen from the monthly category winners) announced December 9, 2013
contest will work pretty much as it did last year. The complete rules can be
found on the Launch Pad tab, but here’s an overview:
first 3,000 to 4,000 words of your manuscript and a 1- to 2-page synopsis,
according to the submission requirements.
page on the Launch Pad tab, make your payment of $45 per entry.
attachments to us at NovelRocketContest at gmail.com.
Note: last year, we had a little trouble with entries not coming through. Two
or three times, we found the payment in the PayPal account but no matching
submissions in our Inbox. To the best of our knowledge, we caught it each time
and were able to connect with the entrants. But we hate to have anyone slip
through the cracks. If you don’t receive an acknowledgement within a couple
days after sending your entry, don’t be shy; give us another holler.
account is manned by a real live human who loves to answer promptly. (She loves
it – really!) Having difficulty downloading the entry form? She can send you
one by email. She’s fairly versatile, for an earthling.
previous year’s event? The same human who answers questions loves to hear that
sort of thing too. So if you have a glowing testimonial you’d like to share, or
a suggestion for doing things differently next time around, please let us know.
wonderful submissions again this year.
When she’s not manning the NovelRocketContest Gmail account, Yvonne Anderson writes fiction that takes you out of this world. Check out her space fantasy series, Gateway to Gannah, and her blog at Y’sWords. She’s a biweekly contributor to the Speculative Faith site for readers and writers of Christian Speculative Fiction. Beginning next month, she’ll also be on The Borrowed Book team.