Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mills & Boon New Voices

Is there anyone who hasn't heard about the amazing new writing competition that Mills & Boon announced yesterday that will be going through to the autumn, with the winner announced on 1st November?

There is?

Well, here's the skinny -

Mills & Boon New Voices
A global search for fresh writing talent to join
the Mills & Boon galaxy of romantic fiction stars

How the competition will work…

The competition has its very own website - where the entries will be posted and readers can leave their feedback.

The competition will be divided up into four stages and will run from Monday 6th September.

The winner will be announced on Monday 1st November.

1. Stage 1: The Free for All

  • All submitted entries will be read and judged by the Mills & Boon judging panel
2. Stage 2: The Shortlist

  • A shortlist of 8-10 authors will be announced, and their first chapters posted on the website.
  • All shortlisted entrants will be assigned a Mills & Boon author and editor as a ‘mentor’ as they polish their second chapters and for their remaining time in the competition.
  • The public will vote for their favourite!

3. Stage 3: The Shorter-list

  • The shortlist will be chopped down to 4 – the next stage to share a ‘pivotal moment’ from their book.
  • The public will vote for their favourite!

4. Stage 4: Winner!

  • Judged by a panel – names TBC!
  • The winner is announced!!

The Romance Is Not Dead web site is now up and running and there loads more information on there, including the dates of workshops being run by M&B authors and editors all over the country.

I'm going to be giving a workshop in connection with this contest in Carmarthen Library - it's in the diary for 9th August, I'm just waiting for the co-ordinator in Carmarthen to get back from her holiday and firm it up. I hope to see a lot of you there. (Although maybe Snookie won't be able to manage to make it all the way from Hawaii!)

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