Sunday, 22 June 2008

Writing Competitions

For those adventurous spirits who like to enter contests, I've spotted a couple on the web (Places For Writers) that be of interest. If you enter them, let me know how you go on.

New online Cdn mag seeks flash fiction
15 June 2008
New online flash fiction journal, Glossolalia is accepting flash fiction submissions for its opening edition (published September 2008). Not obligatory theme: Deviation. 500 words max. Some submissions considered for Glossolalia's 2008 Summer Flash Fiction contest. First prize: US$200; second prize: US$100. No entry fee.Deadline: August 15, 2008.

posted in Calls , Deadlines: August 08

New contest seeks unique literary voices
15 June 2008

New deadline. Pop Montreal and Matrix Magazine are looking for fiction and poetry entries for the Matrix Litpop Award. Categories: Fiction (5000 words max.) and Poetry (up to 5 poems). Prize: a round-trip ticket to Pop Montreal from October 1-5, 2008, a VIP pass, accommodation, publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Litpop event.

Entry fee: $25. Deadline: July 15, 2008. More details...

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Question - How to get published

Hi Anthony, I've been working on a book for about a year. I plan to write a sequel and to get them both published. How do I go about doing that? I want it as inexpensive as possible. How much do you usually get from the sale of your book?

Angie, this is a somewhat similar question to a recent one. Once your book has been polished as much as you can - once you've cut away all purple crap .... when you're sure everything has been corrected, then send a query letter to a publishing house.

Ask permission to submit your book. Give the genre, word count and a brief synopsis, then sit back and pray like there's no tomorrow.

If they like your work, they might ask you to send the first three chapters. Your work must be submitted to the industry standard, of double type space etc, (see my post for full explanation of their requirements).

There will be no cost to you to publish through 'normal' publishing routes. Editorial costs will be met by the publishing house (but your work will be expected to be at a reasonable level before being accepted)

If you're planning to self-publish (paper or ebook), you might be interested in an interview I gave with author, James Melzer, ( ) who's going down the path of publishing with Lulu. He gives the breakdown costs and talks of his experience.

Royalties on sales vary with each publishing house and range from 7% to 12% of sale price. Royalties with self-published books are set by yourself and you'd need to check what other writers of the same genre are selling their books at.

Hope this helps a little.

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