Posted by John Hansen
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally time to announce CritFest, the super huge contest I’ve been hinting at! *muppetflail* I am beyond excited for this, as you can clearly tell, and I know it’s going to be a great opportunity for all of you guys. But before I announce the details, I’d like to introduce the force behind this contest, the amazing Sharon Johnston!
Sharon has helped me through all stages of the creation/planning of it, and not only is she extremely knowledgeable, but she’s also a fantastic person in general. Go follow her twitter and blog if you haven’t already.
Now, are you guys ready to hear more about CritFest?
Let me repeat:
ARE YOU GUYS READY?
CritFest is a short story critique contest for writers who are of the ages 13-20. We have ten industry professionals participating who are all extremely talented and know what they’re doing. We will announce these participants next week, but for now, I’ll say that they range from editors to literary agents to authors, and they are some of the top of their class. Hint hint. (a.k.a. They are fantastic, and they are skilled, and they sure know how to critique.)
We’ll be accepting your short stories for CritFest over the course of the next month and a half. The top ten finalists, chosen by Sharon and I, will win full critiques of their short stories (done privately) from a selected industry professional! So, basically, the critiques should improve your writing by leaps and bounds and knowing those critiquing, I can assure you that the critiques will rock. It’s not every day that you get the opportunity for critiques by professionals, especially not these amazing professionals.
But that’s not the extent of the awesome! Even if you don’t make the top ten, the ten runner-ups that Sharon and I choose will move on to a separate voting stage. Each of these entries will be posted on the blog for you guys to vote for your favorites and possibly make critiques of the entries. The top three will win fantastic prizes, which will be something along the lines of ARCs, perhaps some sort of critique from Sharon or I, and/or other things. One random commenter will also win a prize. Note: If you don’t want to enter for this part of the contest—only the first one, where your work is not posted—please say so in your entry.
- To participate, you must be of the ages 13-20. No exceptions.
- You don’t need a finished manuscript or anything special. All you need is to write and polish a 3,000 -5,000 word short story and submit it to us during the submission.
- For your entry to be counted, you must tell us in the entry whether or not you’d like to participate in the voting stage, in case you end up to be one of the ten runners up.
- The story must not have been previously published on your blog or anywhere else.
- Only one entry per person.
- Please only enter if you’re genuinely interested in a critique from these industry pros. The critiques will be nice but honest, so if you’re looking for a cheerleader, this contest is not for you.
Submission Info & Dates:
- The short stories should be 3,000 – 5,000 words in length and should be some form of Young Adult, although genres within the Young Adult category work too. Other than that, anything goes. There’s no set prompt; just a short story.
- You can start submitting your short story as soon as October 26th, but it may be best to hold off for a few weeks because we’ll be running short story writing advice posts and I’ll have an opening paragraph critique going on throughout November, which should hopefully help make your short stories even better.
- The deadline for entries is December 10th.
- We’ll announce the top ten finalists as well as who will critique their stories on January 10th, and we’ll post the ten runners up for the voting round the next day.
- There’s plenty of time to get your short stories polished, but those of you doing NaNoWriMo might want to start writing them now and then go back and edit them in December before the entry window closes. I know how busy November is with NaNoWriMo, so I made sure there’s still time for you guys. Don’t worry!
- I’ll post an email for you to send your short stories submissions to, as well as how to format your entries, etc. on October 26th
Please check back on the 26th when we announce the participants and how to submit your entry! Thank you!
Questions? Comments? Confusion? What do you guys think? Is anyone out there planning to enter?
Posted on October 19, 2012, in #TeenWriters Chat, Agents, Contests and tagged critfest, critiques by industry pros, published author critique, short story competitions, TCWT, teen writer contest, teen writer critiques, teens can write too. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.