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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Writing Contest



Hello, bloggy writers and non-writer readers too. Boy, have I got a deal for ya. Still smiling over Niecy Nash's call, I'm in a good mood (or maybe it's just the eight hours' sleep I got last night)! Either way, you're the beneficiary of my largess [ha...that's a great word to use in conjunction with Self], as I feel like spreading a little sunshine around the Blogosphere today.

So here's the deal~~~

Gumbo Writer's Writing Contest:


  1. All entries due by midnight Saturday, May 16.

  2. One entry per person, please. Unpublished work only!

  3. Send your work [no more than two pages] to AngieDLed@aol.com attached in a Word doc. Puh-lease make sure your antivirus software is current before hitting send!

  4. What work? Whatever you'd like -- essay, novel excerpt, a hunk of short story, query letter, flash fiction, etc. We'll be looking for originality, style, voice, and that ever-elusive "I was hooked" feeling in any genre.

  5. The winner will be announced next week in my Wednesday Writings post, and notified by email. With permission, I'll post the winning entry with linky love also.

  6. "The prize(s)?" you ask. All entrants will receive short editorial commentary and a number on the Crawfish Rating System [i.e. 1-5 crawfish, sorta like Amazon's book review stars]. The grand prize winner will receive a full edit by myself and a superior surprise editor, announced later in the week. And if that doesn't peel your banana, there will be snail mailed prizes: A bag of Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee beans and {drum roll, please} a copy of Kathryn Magendie's TENDER GRACES or Kimmi Richardson's THE UNBREAKABLE CHILD to further inspire your writing efforts.

  7. The fine print: Contest is limited to twenty (20) entrants due to my majorly limited free time right now. Writers from around the globe are welcome to enter. Not to leave the lyrical amongst us out, I'll be hosting a little something special for poets soon.

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section, and by all means, pass the word around.

Good luck! Now, go and.......



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28 comments:

Scobberlotcher said...

Oh, I love this idea! I love the Crawfish rating system...that's worthy of any writers bio. :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

LOL, Scobber, surely. I'd love seeing something of yours...although you hardly need an edit/crit! :)

Jessica said...

I'm always forgetting you're an editor. Dang. I really wish I wrote short stories. I might send you an exerpt, but I have to think about it. LOL
Thanks for being so generous!

Debbie said...

I sure don't have a submission but I'll be looking forward to hearing about the ones you receive.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Does the piece have to be a nonpublished one?

Kim Hruba said...

Two questions: How long should a novel excerpt be and what genres are you interested in?
Thanks!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Jessica, you're welcome. If you get the nudge, send something in!

Thanks, Debbie. :)

2nd Cup, yes please, unpublished only. (I added that to the contest rules, so thanks!)

Kim, I read anything, but my personal favorite genre is Womens Fic, probably because that's what I write. Two pages of whatever you choose in 12-pt. font!

Jill Kemerer said...

Wow! You are awesome! I'm not sure if I have anything ready, but I'll check. Thanks

Jeanette Levellie said...

Angie:
Must it be fiction? I do non-fiction
Jen

Lady Glamis said...

How do we know when you reach 20? I may skip on this. I feel intimidated and busy busy. :(

So you're going to do a poetry one? I'd love to participate in that!

Janna Qualman said...

An excerpt I may do. Thanks, Angie!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Jill, go dig around and scratch something up. :)

No, Jeanette, NF is fine!

Lady G, don't be a goober head. LOL. Send me something.

Do it, Janna girl.

Angie Ledbetter said...

SEVEN ENTRIES SO FAR...SO KEEP 'EM COMING!

KLo said...

Just sent my entry ... thanks for letting me know about your contest : )

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Angie, I have an excerpt from an essay I'd like to send. This sounds like a fun project. :-)

Marguerite said...

Sounds like a great contest. Love the crawfish rating system.

Sandra Leigh said...

Oh, the scariness. I'll see which comes first - your getting twenty entries, or my coming up with something to send you - or the deadline, of course.

Embee said...

Just sent my entry, hope it's not too late and you haven't reached capacity yet!

Angie Ledbetter said...

KLo, glad you entered.

Got it, Lizzy. Thanks!

Marguerite, 'preciate ya. :)

LOL, Sandra. Leavin' it all to chance? C'mon....I don't bite.

Thanks, Embee. Got your entry.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Oh, I need to do this. How fun. Due by the 16th?

Okay, I"m trying. I'll probably be #21.

ChristaCarol said...

Mine is sent! Thanks Angie for giving me the heads up, this sounds fun :)

Amy Sue Nathan said...

I don't have a submission but can't wait to read the winner!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Midlife, you can do it!

Got it, Christa. :)

Hey, Amy. Not even an WIP excerpt? LOL

Lois Lane II said...

I have a question! Do you have a certain genre you look for?

Terri Tiffany said...

So I can do a partial?? wow!! Thanks!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Angie: Just sent mine. Please do not be to twenty yet!!!!
Jen

Angie Ledbetter said...

Lois, whatever you're working on or want to send is fine!

Got your entries, Terri & Jen. Thanks.

Ami said...

Oh! This sounds like fun. Hope I can get an excerpt together by Saturday. Either way, I'm looking forward to hearing about the winners.

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