Writing Contest Update

operation-iconThis week I got the judge’s critique of my entry in the Christian Writers Guild contest Operation First Novel. Though I didn’t place in the contest, the critique was extremely helpful. It was worth all the angst of waiting and hoping.

If you haven’t had a professional critique your writing, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s putting your creative neck on the chopping block, but hey, that’s how we learn.

The critique confirmed a couple weak spots I knew were there. And it affirmed a couple strengths I hoped were there: two 10s out of possible 10! Woohoo! I admit it, I enjoyed reading the words “tremendous” and “excellent” in those two categories.

Onward. One more contest. The American Christian Fiction Writers also has a contest for unpublished novelists: Genesis.  You have till March 15, 2014 to get your entry in too.

So, congratulations to these five talented authors, the finalists for Operation First Novel 2013. One of them will take home all the marbles and be published by Worthy Publishing.

●  Assault on Saint Agnes by Joseph Courtemanche, Saint Paul, Minnesota
● The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance, Colorado Springs, Colorado
● The Orb of Oriston by Donna Myers, Nampa, Idaho
● Stolen Dreams by Sharon Sheppard, St. Cloud, Minnesota
●  A Ticket Bought at a Hazard by Debra Jeter, Clarksville, Tennessee

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8 thoughts on “Writing Contest Update

  1. Laura

    Wow! So happy for you! Yes, it would be nice to win, but the comments & scores show you are a WINNER. Keep up the pace, Sis! Love, Lulu the unpublished uncritiqued

  2. Trish

    Looking on the positive side of criticism is a demonstration of personal growth, isn’t it? No matter how old we get it doesn’t get easier, but in the overall view of life, we appreciate being “pruned” while the Master Gardener is weeding out the dead wood. Keep on keeping on Cris!

    • Absolutely, Trish. No pain, no gain—I think that’s been said. How true. Often I’d rather be told what I can do better than what I did right. The pat on the back makes me feel good and reinforces what I need to keep doing, but doesn’t do much for moving my skills along. “Thanks, but what can I do better?” And, believe me, the critique was helpful and specific about that too. I’m having fun revising with the critique in hand.
      Thanks for your support.

  3. My first writing conference was this one. I loved it!

  4. I just now found your blog. These posts are quite helpful to me as I wait on First Novel 2014 (it’s still on, even though the CWG has closed down).

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