On this blog every Tuesday and Friday I write about story techniques, structure, and/or publishing. Comments and questions are welcome. I also have a personal blog, Amy Deardon, on which I write about a variety of topics purely as they catch my fancy.

I've written one novel, A Lever Long Enough, that I'm honored to say has won two awards. In my life BC (before children) I was a scientist who did bench research.

My book, The Story Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story, is now available in both hard-copy and e-book formats. I also coach would-be novelists and screenwriters to develop their story. YOU CAN CONTACT ME at amydeardon at yahoo dot com.

Friday, January 27, 2012

2012 Genesis Contest for Unpublished Christian Fiction Writers

I'm taking a break from submission series to let you know about this great contest. On Tuesday I'll start looking at how one might go about finding an agent.


For detailed information on Genesis, visit http://www.acfw.com/genesis/

This contest allows non-ACFW members to enter as well. Genesis is a great opportunity for writers to receive excellent multiple feedback on the first 15 pages of their manuscripts. There are two qualifying rounds leading to the selection of the winner in each category.

The finaling and winning entries are recognized to be exceptional, since this is a prestigious contest with strong competition. Qualifying entries from the two rounds are read by editors and literary agents, professional contacts who may be interested in taking on an unpublished writer.

Here is the schedule:

Timeline for the Genesis contest: Genesis opens: January 2, 2012 8:00 a.m. CST

Genesis closes: March 2, 2012 3:00 p.m. CST

First round judging ends (semi-finalists announced): April 16, 2012

Semi-final judging ends (finalists announced): May 28, 2012

Category winners announced: September 22 at the 2012 ACFW Conference Awards Gala in Dallas, Texas.

Categories are:

* Contemporary Fiction
* Contemporary Romance (includes romantic comedy)
* Historical Fiction (not romance)
* Historical Romance
* Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
* Romantic Suspense
* Speculative Fiction
* Women's Fiction
* Young Adult

Entrance fees are $35 per manuscript for ACFW members, $95 per manuscript for non-ACFW members. You can enter as many manuscripts as you want (each accompanied by an entry fee), although you can't enter the same manuscript in more than one category.

I've been a member of ACFW for about five years, and have found it to be helpful in many ways. Good luck to you!

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