Tricks to Crafting a Contest Placing Novel

Thursday I plan to talk more about time management, but today I wanted to take a moment to discuss writing contests. At Gifts by Grace, contest judges give us a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes and tell us what they believe leads to a contest winning novel.

If you’re an unpubb’ed, there are a few ways to rise above the notorious slush pile: write a stellar query, meet with an editor or agent at conference, or place in a prestigious contest. Although options one and two help add leverage, they leave a large number of “what ifs.” Like, what if cyberspace eats my email, or I flub my pitch and swallow my tongue? Contests are by no means a guarantee, but they help you create a buzz for you and your novel while providing invaluable feedback. That’s why each year writers nationwide clamor to finish and submit their manuscripts to various contest coordinators. (Read more here.)

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About Jennifer Slattery

Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery, also writing as Jen Pheobus, uses humor, grace, and truth to inspire God's children to live abundant, Christ-centered lives. She does content editing for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and is a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com; Internet Cafe Devotions; Faith, Friends and Chocolate; and manages the social media for Takin’ it to the Streets, a ministry that serves Omaha’s working poor and homeless. She’s placed in numerous writing contests and her work has appeared in numerous compilations, magazines, and e-zines.

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