edition of our Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile is under
(shown here displaying her trophy), is as happy about it as she looks. She told us:
The feedback I
received from the Launch Pad Contest judges has been invaluable to me. Through
this experience, I’ve revised my book to make it stronger and gained more
confidence in seeking publication. Even the day I found out about the win,
there was already an agent interested in my work – that had never happened
The team at Novel
Rocket has been so supportive and encouraging. The opportunity to work with an
amazing writer like Gina Holmes is truly an honor. She has a heart to help
unpublished authors get their work out there, which I’m so grateful for.
of changes in the categories. Namely:
the other genres. That is, if you’ve written a historical thriller, you’ll
submit it to the Suspense/Crime/Mystery/Thriller category; if yours is
historical romance, that goes in the Romance category; etc.
ask for a summary rather than a synopsis. A subtle difference, to be sure, but
a chapter-by-chapter summary is more suitable for nonfiction entries than the
traditional novel synopsis.
Launch Pad tab.
However, each category has a different submission deadline, so take note and
mark these on your calendar:
- Suspense/Crime/Mystery/Thriller. Submission deadline: April 10,
2013; winner announced May 13, 2013.
- General Fiction. Submission deadline: May 10,
2013; winner announced June 10, 2013.
- Nonfiction: Submission deadline: June 10,
2013; winner announced July 8, 2013.
- Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction: Submission deadline: July 10,
2013; winner announced August 12, 2013.
- Romance: Submission deadline: August
10, 2013; winner announced September 9, 2013.
- Speculative: Submission deadline: September
10, 2013; winner announced October 14, 2013.
any writer who’s thinking about entering, I say go for it. Everyone gets a
critique from professionals in the field. That’s worth so much more than the
entry fee. And as I found out, you never know what’s possible if you don’t try.
For me, I’m looking forward to this year of writing and what’s to come. Good
luck to all the participants this year!
here at Novel Rocket think that’s good advice.