Awards and Contests Updates

Here are some updates on awards and contests:

Amazon Breakthrough Novel
Can you believe it?  It’s February already.  The submission period opened up on the 2nd and ends on the 8th.  If you’re a writer you still have time to send in your entry.  It can be done here.

Micro Award
The trend analysis Robert Laughlin has posted on the site is fascinating to me.  I used to write trend analysis of Help Desk calls a lifetime ago.  They were the same things from month to month so it was a little bit boring.

Here are some highlights of what was posted:

  • 33 entries were received this year which is the same as last year.
  • The no submission fee resulted in more authors submitting their entries. 
  • Only 4 editors sent in submissions which is a decrease from last year.  
  • 6 entries were from print publications. 
  • Lastly, 4 of the submissions came from the general public. 

It would appear that the power of the internet has spread word about the award amongst writers but editors and readers didn’t get reached.  The award came to my attention through The Shine Journal.

Preditors and Editors Polls
The results have been tabulated and are in the process of being posted.  You can find them here.

storySouth Million Writers Award
Jason Sanford is looking for preliminary judges.  The storySouth Million Writers Award covers online short stories across all genres.

More Awards and Nominations

I’ve just found out about a relatively new award for prose fiction under 1000 words written in English.  It is called the Micro Award.  The nominations for the 2nd Annual Micro Award are due by December 31st, 2008.  Only short stories (no poems, non-fiction pieces, or translations) are accepted.  The author of the winning story receives a trophy and $50.  The winner of the 1st Annual Micro Award was Bruce Holland Rogers with his piece titled “Reconstruction Work” which was in the December 2007 issue of Flash Fiction Online.

Last year’s grand prize winner of the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award was Bill Loehfelm with his novel titled Fresh Kills.  Amazon and Penguin Group (USA) are going to launch the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award on February 2, 2009.  Between February 2nd and February 9th, up to 10,000 novelists can enter their unpublished novels on Amazon’s site.  If you are a writer this may be a good contest to motivate you to re-edit and polish the novel that has been sitting on your hard drive untouched for the last six months.

2008 Weblog Awards

I have to thank Natasha of Maw Books Blog for the 411 on the Weblog Awards!

The nominations for the 2008 Weblog Awards have begun pouring in with actual voting for the 48 categories set to begin on December 1st, 2008.  It’s always neat when bloggers find out people like their blogs enough to tell other people about them.

It is super easy to nominate a blog for any of the categories!  All you need to do is leave a comment under the category heading.  The comment should contain the name of the blog, the main URL for the blog, and (if possible) the URL for a RSS/Atom feed.  Don’t be shy – you can nominate yourself!

storySouth’s Million Writers Award Winner

Congratulations to Matt Bell for his winning story “Alex Trebek Never Eats Fried Chicken“!  You can read the story on STORYGLOSSIA’s site.  Congratulations should also be extended to Sruthi Thekkiam for getting second place with her story “Friday Afternoons on Bush Number 51“.

Current plans include running the award next year.  If you’re an editor you may want to begin your shortlist of memorable stories to nominate in January 2009.

storySouth Million Writers Award Voting

Earlier this year I wrote about the storySouth Million Writers Award.  Voting for the next Million Writers Award is now open until July 17th.  You must vote here.  Fortunately, the voting page includes links to each story. 

I’ve been reading one or two a day since Wednesday so I should be able to vote on my favorite one soon.  Good luck to all the finalists!

Literary Rock Stars and The Quills

I think nearly every industry has rock stars in it. Rock stars are usually recognizable to non-industry people and are the ones people want to be around. Sometimes rock stars are only known to the people that follow that genre or subject matter.  I think a list of author rock stars would include Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and David Eggers.  This is, of course, not a complete list and your list would be different if you thought of a bunch of names in five minutes.

What I’m about to reveal is really old news as it was reported in February of this year. The Quill Awards are no more! You may be wondering what exactly the Quill Awards are and with good reason. The intent was to create the literary equivalent of the Oscars.  Voting was done by the public after the nominees were chosen.  The awards ceremony was televised on NBC but it was taped about a week before the broadcast.  Other than an occasional reminder to vote I can’t remember anyone or any news publication really mentioning it.

Continue reading Literary Rock Stars and The Quills

storySouth Million Writers 2008

Nominations begin today for the 2008 storySouth Million Writers best short story award and ends March 31st.  Editors can nominate up to three short stories of 1000 words or more that have appeared in their online publication during 2007.  Readers can nominate one short story of 1000 words or more.  Again, the story had to be published online during 2007.  The list of Notable Short Stories will be released on April 15th and the Top Ten will be announced on May 1st.  Actual voting begins May 1st and ends on June 1st.  The winner receives $300.

Nothing of mine is eligible for the award but that shouldn’t prevent you from nominating a short story that was published online in 2007 by someone else.

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

About three years ago I met Elmore Hammes at a local NaNoWriMo kickoff party.  He’s impressed me with the number of novels he can churn out each year and with the quality of his writing.  Elmore’s been published in The First Line and submitted one of his novels for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  I received an email from Elmore today to find out that from 5,000 entries, Elmore is a one of the 800 semi-finalists.  An excerpt of Elmore’s novel can be found on Amazon here.

Amazon customers can read excerpts of the semi-finalists and provide customer reviews until March 2nd.  Finalists will be announced on March 3rd.  If you review the excerpts you’re in the running for a prize package of goodies.  It looks like the catch is that you have to provide at least 25 reviews.  Think of it this way… if you do one review a day you’ll be in the running for the prize package before you know it!