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UPDATE: Announcing Project YA Editorial Extension

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Rachelle and I are extending the Project YA Editorial contest! The new deadline will be Sunday, Oct. 30, so be sure to get your short stories around. The theme is still Follow the White Rabbit, and we want stories featuring a tattoo, or tattoos, as an integral part to the overall plot. She and I will then be combing through the entries up until Sunday, Nov. 20, when we will announce the top five finalists.

Young writers don’t miss this chance to win in-depth assessment of your writing and free professional editing services. Additionally, we will be awarding a super helpful book, The Emotion Thesaurus, to the grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will be chosen Sunday, Dec. 18, and their story will be featured on both this site and Rachelle’s.

For more information, visit http://rachellemnshaw.com/project-ya-editorial/.

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Now Accepting Submissions for Project YA Editorial 2016!

(Note: Exciting news, everyone! Rachelle Shaw and I will be holding a contest geared toward young writers. Check out the details–written by Rachelle–below! –SW)The official launch of the first contest for Project YA Editorial is finally here! As a campaign dedicated to helping young authors get their start in the publishing world, my good friend and fellow editor, Sarah Wright, and I are on a quest to find a stellar short story that we will professionally edit—for free! She and I will be combing through the entries up until August 20, when we will select the top 5 finalists. Each finalist will receive an in-depth assessment of their piece along with a chance to win the grand prize: a package of free professional editing services for their story from Sarah and myself, plus a paperback copy of the super helpful book The Emotion Thesaurus by authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. The grand prize winner will be chosen on August 27, and their story will be featured on both Sarah’s site and mine.

RULES

1. The contest is open to those between the ages of 18 and 25. Our reason for selecting those ages, apart from federal contest and giveaway rules, is that we’ve found some of the most creative and well-written work comes from that age group. Though we love mentoring younger writers when we get the chance, the slightly older group is full of those on the brink of the delving into the world of publishing, so that’s what we’re focusing on. For those of you who aren’t quite to this age group, hang in there! We plan to make this a yearly contest, so you’ll still get your chance. Keep writing and tweaking those ideas, because next year could be your year to enter!

2. You must live in the U.S. to participate. Though we wish we could open it up to more awesome writers in the world right now—we know there are a lot of you—to comply with federal laws for shipping prizes, it must remain in the U.S. for the time being. We are, however, looking to open it up to be an international contest at some point in the future.

3. All stories must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on July 30. After that, any entries submitted will not be considered. To enter your story, please email us at projectYAeditorial at gmail dot com, with “Project YA Editorial 2016” and the title of your piece in the subject. Please also include a short query letter in the body, along with your name (or pen name if you’d like us to use one) and email address so we can contact you in the event you are chosen as a finalist. Stories should be copied and pasted into the body of the email as well, not sent as an attachment. We will do our best to respond to each of you with our decision, but if you do not hear from us by August 15, you can safely assume that you did not progress to the next round.

4. The theme for entering this year is “Follow the White Rabbit.” We’re looking for speculative fiction stories that are 5,000 words or fewer (but not flash fiction) that use tattoos as an integral component. You can be as creative with that as you like, so long as you include elements typically found in speculative fiction and visible markings of some sort as a main element of your piece. The subgenres fantasy, science fiction, and horror are all welcome with the exception of erotica. We will not accept entries that are primarily erotic in nature, promote violence toward children, are heavily gruesome in nature, include illegal underage romances, or convey the rise or fall of the world based on the political agenda of a leader. We also will not accept fanfiction. For your story to be considered in the contest, it must follow the theme and be your original work!

5. No simultaneous submissions. One entry per person please. Only entries that have not been published or submitted elsewhere will be considered.

OTHER DETAILS

Authors will retain all rights to the piece that they submit. The goal of this campaign is to provide young writers with the resources and connections they need to hone their craft and publish their work, and this is our way of giving back to all the young writers out there who deserve a shot at publication. If you don’t meet the requirement for entering but know someone who does, please share this with them. Sarah and I both love connecting with new writers, and this a chance for them to get some free help and publicity for their work.Updates about the contest, the finalist, and the grand prize winner will posted on the Project YA Editorial page of my website, on Sarah’s website, and also on my main Tumblr blog, so be sure to bookmark one or more of those pages.

Happy writing, and good luck!

Source: Now Accepting Submissions for Project YA Editorial 2016! — Rachelle M. N. Shaw

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March is NaNoEdMo

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Break out that red pen and dive head first into EdMo!

I love March, not only because it means that spring is just around the corner, but because it is NaNoEdMo, a month dedicated to editing. So many, writers fall short when it comes to self-editing their own work. Let’s face it edits — or at least serious edits — can be time consuming and even painful. We don’t like deleting words, scenes or characters, even when we know in our heart they are not helping the story as a whole or are even hindering it. It is hard to say good-bye and let go.

This is why I love NaNoEdMo: It promotes and provides incentive for writers to sit down an tackle that momentous task of tackling those side plots that go no where, those characters that are flat as all get out, or the bad grammar that clings to your manuscript. While this writing event is targeted at NaNoWriMo-ers, it can be used to edit anything you have laying around on your desk since it has really just become EdMo, or editing month. The goal? Edit for 50 hours during the month of March.

For some the challenge will be easy while for others the 50 hours are bound to be a daunting task, but don’t worry there are forums on the NaNoEdMo website for support in your hours of frustration. The website has moved since I first posted the original list of writing events and can be found here. On it, writers and editors will be able to find helpful articles about the editing process.

Editing is a necessary process, no first draft is ever perfect. It doesn’t have to be painful, and often times, all it takes is turning around your negative thoughts and making them positive: After all, you are polishing your creation, maturing it to perfection. How can you not to be excited about that! Yes, you will cringe at some parts as you go, but then you will have moments where you are in awe of your words and get lost in them. The process if well worth it and at the end very rewarding.

During this month, I will post several of editing related articles in celebration of EdMo. I highly recommend those who have a project laying around to consider seriously giving EdMo a try.

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It’s FAWM time, plus an annoucement

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Have a song you’ve been holding in? Let it out!

Where did January go? It’s hard to believe that February has rolled in, particularly frigidly here in Indiana. Rather than flee south where it is warm, why not take your mind of the snow, ice and miserable cold by dedicating your month to another branch of writing: song writing.

With February comes February Album Writing Month, where songwriters are asked to write 14 songs in 28 days. The FAWN website offers many ways to get inspired from weekly challenges to daily tweets. The site also allows for collaboration through a message board where you can send out shout-outs for what you are looking for.

It is not an event I will be participating in myself, even though eventually I will need to write two songs for my book that have some relevance to characters (may they turn out alright), but I felt I should share this unique event for all the songwriters out there.

Personal Blogging Month

I have decided that February will be my blog posting month, where I will hopefully post something every day while also launching two weekly series: character building and world building. I will not be participating in the official NaBloPoMo, which I discovered carries a different theme each month with this month’s theme being “Love” & Sex” — not a topic that interests me too much, even though I could do tie-ins to writing love and sex, but I doubt I would have enough material for a month, so instead I will just remain focused on general writing.

Have any subjects you would like to read about? Shoot me a message in the comment section and I will do my best to tackle the topic! I welcome any suggestions just so I will hopefully have enough to make it 28 days.

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Keep the writing spirit alive all yearlong

Generic-73x73I was crazy, insane, off my rocker — just a little bit more than now — going into 2010, even more so at the end of 2010. I was riding high after my first NaNoWriMo win, and I had discovered there were other NaNoWriMo-esque events. My thoughts upon the discover: I want to participate in them all!

I did not participate in JanNoWriMo, during January, that year; it was just too close to November, and I needed to recover. However, I did explore NaNoEdMo in March and JulNoWriMo in July. I used NaNoEdMo as a chance to work on “Passage” and its sequel and my NaNoWriMo project, “Order.” From there, I participated in JulNoWriMo in July writing “Parting,” the third book in the series. NaNoWriMo came around again, and I wrote “Desecration,” the fourth book in the series.

With NaNoWriMo’s completion in 2010, grander ideas took root: 2011 would be the year I participated in NaNoEdMo, Wriye, SciFiWriMo, JulNoWriMo, either AugNoWriMo or SeptNoWriMo, GothNoWriMo and finally NaNoWriMo. Those plans came to naught as my life took an unexpected turn for the better: I got my job as a staff writer, which meant crazy deadlines, learning a new company and no time to participate in such events. I did participate in NaNoWriMo, jumping genres from fantasy to SciFi and not reaching the 50,000 goal.

Now, it has been a year since I have participated in a WriMo event. I feel surer on my feet at work, and “Passage” is pretty much done, opening the way for me to look at this as the year I can try my hand again, but rather than plow ahead making unrealistic dreams of grandeur, I plan to strategically pick my options. NaNoEdMo will be used to edit and rewrite “Order,” SciFiWriMo to finish my SciFi novel, JulNoWriMo to finish the project it started (“Parting”), SeptNoWriMo or AugNoWriMo to possibly finish “Desecration.” NaNoWriMo would then stand for me to start Book V or a new project.

The WriMos will provide deadlines and incentives I need to tie up loose-ends. I will also participate in NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month; I have yet to determine which month I will choose for this one yet.

For those interested in trying different monthly WriMo events, here is a list:

  • JaNoWriMo: (January) Write either 50K or your own word-count
  • Choose-Your-Own-Novel Month: (January) Write a piece of interactive fiction (ex. choose your own adventure type of book) and finish it. There is no set word count required.
  • FAWM: February Album Writing Month, write 14 original songs in a month.
  • NaNoEdMo: (March) Commit to 50 hours novel editing.
  • April Fool’s: (April) Set a word-count goal and fulfill it by the end of the month.
  • Camp NaNoWriMo: (April or July) A camp-themed version of NaNoWriMo where you write a 50K word work of original fiction.
  • JunNoWriMo: (June) Pick a word-count and attempt to reach it by the end of the month.
  • JulNoWriMo: (July) Write 50K words by the end of the month.
  • AugNoWriMo: (August) Write a novel in one month.
  • SeptNoWriMo: (September) Set a word-count and write, edit, or edit and write throughout the month.
  • GothNoWriMo: (October) Write a Gothic novel.
  • SciFiWriMo: (October) Science Fiction Writing Month, chose a target word-count and reach it in a month, writing Sci-Fi or Fantasy.
  • NaNoWriMo: (November) The main event, write a 50K novel during the month of November along with numerous writers around the world.
  • NaPlWriMo: (November) National Play-writing Month, write a play in a month.
  • The Plot Whisperer: (December) Plot Writing Month, refine the plot arc of a first draft.

Year-long/pick-your-month-and-do-it WriMo events:

  • NaBloPoMo: National Blog Posting Month, post everyday for a month.
  • 750 Words: Write 750 words a day monthly with each month being the start of a clean sheet.
  • Wriye: Set a word-count goal for the year and work towards it between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.

Each month, I will do a feature on each of these writing events and others that I might hear about as they roll around, in addition to relaying my personal experiences as I tackle some of them.

Have plans on tackling any of the above? Let me know!

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Hey, you have to do something while waiting for NaNoWriMo to come around!

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