September/October Accentuate Writers Anthology Contest – PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Last month’s short story contest for July/August was the biggest one yet – we had 18 qualified entries. I know that doesn’t seem like much compared to some contests, but let me tell you something – YOU don’t have to judge them. It’s tough! There were highly competitive entries this last time.

The entries are improving every month, the quality of the entries just gets better and better, and choosing a winner gets more difficult with every story.

In order to really attract some fierce competition, up the ante, and better reward the awesome stories that end up winning, Accentuate decided to seek contest sponsors for this next contest.

Because of this, the prize payout for the next contest will be the highest yet. I will be talking more about the sponsors in the newsletter that will go out by the end of this week. If you are not signed up for the newsletter yet, at the top of this blog, you will see a sign up box for my Reading & Writing Newsletter. Put your email in there now, and you’ll be guaranteed to get the next contest update with the next newsletter. Those worried about spam can ask the others here, I send out one or two newsletters per month, no more, and I do not spam, rent or sell your email to anyone.

If you are a publisher, publishing company, publication, or a website that in any way offers services to writers, and you want to be a sponsor for this contest or any future ones, where you will get a lot of exposure and links all over the place from promoting and bragging and sharing about the forum – including press releases announcing your sponsorship, please contact Michy at michelle@accentuateservices.com. Even if you can’t donate a cash prize, a merchandise or store credit prize will be considered too. Contact me; we’ll talk!

So…. Bigger prizes, I said? Yup.

Ready?

Honorable Mentions:

I cannot say how many honorable mentions there will be, but the judges will look at the third place entry, and any and all entries finishing within 25 points on the crit sheets of the third place winner will receive an honorable mention and the prize.

* All honorable mentions will receive a free entry into the next Accentuate Anthology Contest.
* Honorable Mentions will receive one extra free copy of the book when it prints
* HTML code for an Honorable Mention banner or graphic for their website/blog.
* Their name listed on the Honorable Mention page of the printed anthology.

THIRD PLACE:

Third place winners will receive the following:

* Inclusion in the Accentuate Writers anthology
* $75 cash!
* Two free copies of the anthology paperback
* Announcement of winning and one link of your choice posted on the Accentuate Services website, Michy’s freelance blog, the Accentuate Writer’s forum, and in the Accentuate Writers Newsletter
* HTML winner’s banner for posting on your blog or website
* Short bio in the anthology

SECOND PLACE:

Second place winners will receive the following:

* A publishing contract for inclusion in the Accentuate Writers Anthology
* $150 cash!
* Three free author copies of the anthology paperback
* Announcement of winning and one link of your choice posted on the Accentuate Services website, Michy’s freelance blog, the Accentuate Writer’s forum, and in the Accentuate Writers Newsletter
* HTML winner’s banner for posting on your blog or website
* A Mini-bio in the printed anthology

*** FIRST PLACE ***


$300 BUCKS!!!


* A publishing contract for inclusion in the Accentuate Writers anthology, with your name on the cover!
* $300.00 cash! (payable via PayPal or Money Order)
* A FREE professional edit and critique of your short story prior to inclusion in the anthology and you can use the edited version to sell later to someplace else!
* 5 free author copies of the anthology paperback
* Announcement of winning and one link of your choice posted on the Accentuate Services website, Michy’s freelance blog, the Accentuate Writer’s forum, and in the Accentuate Writers Newsletter, among other place Michy promos things!
* HTML winner’s banner for posting on your blog or website
* Name on the cover of the book when it is printed
* Full page bio with picture in the back of the book

The Accentuate Writers Anthology is scheduled to be printed in January and released to the public at places like Amazon.com, B&N.com, Target.com, and many, many others as early as February 2009. We will also be pushing full distribution, accepting returns and providing retailer discounts, so we are hopeful that shelf placement of the anthology in major retail chains will be possible within the year, but anyone who wants to buy a copy will be able to order by ISBN at any bookstore in the country.

Each of the top three writers from the contests between now and December of this year will be included in the anthology if they so choose.

All prizes will be awarded between December 1st and December 15th, at the latest, in time for Christmas shopping! (Prizes are slightly delayed this contest, when they were immediate in the previous contests, due to sponsor involvement – sorry, but in order to grow, sometimes red tape and paperwork slows things down – rest assured, prizes will be award as quickly as possible – we hope by mid-November, but don’t want to promise that!)

Tomorrow, Accentuate Services and Accentuate Writers, will officially announce the September/October contest to the public, including the theme and submission guidelines right here on this blog. You must be a registered member of the Accentuate Writers board and you must have posted at least your introduction in the Introduce Yourself forum. It’s free to join the board, and you are under no obligation to participate other than the introduction and entry into the contest, if you don’t choose to. If you have any problems registering, contact michelle@accentuateservices.com for assistance. I usually answer within a few hours or so.

Best of luck to all who choose to ent
er
. I’ve very excited to see how this goes – remember, the official public announcement is tomorrow!

Love and stuff,
Michy