2011 Sandy Writing Contest — Crested Butte Writers

Posted on November 17, 2010

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Crested Butte Writers are hosting the 2011 Sandy Writing Contest, a writing contest for all unpublished authors. Judges include editors and agents from high-profile companies. Simon & Schuster and Waxman Literary Agency are on the final judging list.

The contest defines “unpublished” — “For the purposes of this contest, online, e-books, and self-published works are considered unpublished and are eligible to enter this contest. In case of any ambiguity the contest coordinator will review eligibility on a case-by-case basis.”

Keep in mind that, although the fee may seem high compared to the low award, judges are mainstream publishers and agents, so your book could get picked up by one of them, or you could end up with a high-profile agent.

Visit the organization’s Sandy Writing Contest pages for more information and details, but here is some information to get you started:

Categories & Final Round Judges

  • Romance – Holly Blanck, Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press
  • Mainstream Adult Fiction – Leis Pederson, Associate Editor, Berkley
  • Suspense / Thriller / Mystery – Sarah Knight, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster
  • Fantasy / Science Fiction – Suzie Townsend, FinePrint Literary Management
  • Children’s & YA – Holly Root, Agent at Waxman Literary Agency
Eligibility:

  • This contest is open to all authors unpublished in novel length fiction.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Length of entire manuscript for adult categories is between 90,000-110,000 words, children’s 40-60,000 words. Sorry, no picture books or scripts.
  • All entries must be the author’s original work and must not be contracted for publication prior to the entry deadline.
  • Manuscripts that have previously placed in this contest will no longer be eligible for entry in future contests.
  • For the purposes of this contest, online, e-books, and self-published works are considered unpublished and are eligible to enter this contest. In case of any ambiguity the contest coordinator will review eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
Entry Deadline & Fees:

  • The basic entry fee is $30 for Crested Butte Writer members, fee for all others is $35.
  • All entries must be received by midnight February 13, 2011. Entry forms and payments snail mailed(USPS) to: Theresa Rizzo P.O. Box 425 Niwot, CO 80544-0425 must be postmarked by Feb, 13th.
  • Entry fees are nonrefundable.
  • The Crested Butte Writers reserve the right to return all entries and fees if a minimum number of 8 entries for each category are not received. Entrants will be contacted and will have the option to place their entry in another category before entries are returned.
Judging:

  • This is a blind judged contest, meaning the judges will not know the identity of the author they’re critiquing.
  • First round: First round judges are experienced critiquers and published authors. Each entry will be evaluated by 2 judges, using a standardized score sheet that varies slightly from genre to genre. Judges’ decisions are final. If there is a discrepancy of more than 40 points between the 2 judges’ scores, we will bring in a discrepancy judge and drop the lowest of the 3 scores. If both judges’ scores are less than 140/167 then there will be no discrepancy judging. The three entries with the highest scores in each category will advance to the final round. All finalist entries must have at least a combined score of 310/334.
  • Judges are encouraged to comment on the scoresheets.
  • Finalists will be notified by email or phone by April 11, 2011.
  • Finalists will have the opportunity to edit their entries before final judging commences. In order to help our finalists offer the best product possible to the editors and agent, we offer all finalists one week to consider first round judges’ feedback and resubmit a revised entry to be sent to the final judges.
  • Acquiring editors and agents will serve as final judges. They will determine the order of the top three entries in each category.
Awards:

  • Winners will be announced Friday June 17th before the awards luncheon. All finalists attending the conference will be invited to sit together on a brief panel during the luncheon to share their writing journey with attendees. Finalists participation in the panel is optional.
  • The first place entries in each category will receive $50 and a certificate, second place will receive $25 and a certificate, and third place will receive a certificate.
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