NaNoWriMo Peeps: Contest for #bestfirstparagraph


NaNoWriMo doesn’t have to end.  Prose & Cons is sponsoring a best first paragraph contest for #NaNoWriMo2014 participants. The contest is free, and the only entrance criteria is to join the Fiction Writers Anonymous community on Google+.

Fiction Writers Anonymous is an online group that offers critique, support, discussion and writing tips.  I’m a member.

The entry window is open now and closes December 31, 2014.  Winners will be announced January 25, 2015.  To enter, simply paste your first paragraph onto our feed along with your email address.  You may include a one sentence pitch if you’d like, but it is not mandatory.  Please do not submit any links: the judges will determine the winners from the first paragraph only.

Novel can be any genre, but must be in accordance with NaNoWriMo rules.

Make it count, folks.  The top twelve writers will be featured on the Prose & Cons blog, one winner every month for all of 2015.  Judging will be done by the staff of Prose & Cons, a group of published authors, editors, writing coaches, literary agent, and book reviewers. And of course yours truly.

Grand prize is a signed picture of Hermione from the Harry Potter series and a gallon of Vermont maple syrup. But there’s more…

When the twelve winning #bestfirstparagraph guest post on Prose & Cons they will get to include an excerpt of their novel, an author’s bio, and have a short interview.  This is great exposure for those who don’t have agents; for those who want to get people excited about their new self-published book; and/or for those who already have books out there they want to plug.

If you are interested in trying your hand you can click on the link here, or the FWA title above.

Good luck, everyone!

On Twitter: #bestfirstparagraph

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CORRECTION: I had no idea Peter, the one running the contest, had a dog named Hermione and that is whose autographed picture you will win. Whoops!


Apparently she is NOT happy about being involved.


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