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.)


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; 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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