Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest – let the games begin!

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Announcing the Word Weaver Writing Contest!

Enter your amazing piece of writing! We have over $400 of valuable prize packages!

YOU will have the month of April to enter an amazing piece of your own writing to our contest.

Here’s what you do:

Uh, enter a piece of your writing in the contest. I thought that was obvious.

Here’s what you GET:

1stThe FIRST PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package valued at over $200:

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  • $125 Professional BOOK COVER designed by Select-O-Grafix, LLC (www.selectografix.com)

  • $50 Amazon GIFT CARD, compliments of ME

  • PUBLICATION of their winning piece on this website

  • Signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest (see list below).

  • A GUEST BLOG POST or AUTHOR PROFILE to appear on this site (that’s priceless, really)

  • a video interview with me, should they so choose, also to appear on this site**

  • MASSIVE BRAGGING RIGHTS

** requires a quality high speed internet connection and a good camera on your computer or phone. Maybe other stuff. I’m not doing this at 3am, okay?


2The SECOND PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package valued at over $150:

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  • $100 FORMATTING package for YOUR eBook or paperback novel, up to 80k, from Select-O-Grafix, LLC (www.selectografix.com)

  • $25 Amazon gift card, compliments of ME

  • Publication of their winning piece on this website

  • signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest.

  • A guest blog post or author profile to appear on this site

  • slightly less massive bragging rights than first place (because that’s only fair)


3The THIRD PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package valued at over $50:

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  • WriteMind author’s idea management and project organizing system ($19.99 Digital Printable Version) from Perry Elisabeth Design

  • $10 Amazon gift card, compliments of ME

  • Publication of their winning piece on this website

  • Signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest.

  • A guest blog post or author profile to appear on this site

  • also bragging rights because why not, but try not to outbrag the first and second place winners, okay?


EACH OF THE FIRST 25 ENTRIES WILL ALSO RECEIVE:

A CRITIQUE OF THEIR WORK BY ME!

Yep, I’ll critique your work (up to 3,000 words), whether you win or not.

I will spend an hour of my time giving you the Dan Treatment of your 3,000 word piece, just like I do in my critique group. Don’t worry, I’m pretty nice and very encouraging. Most people like my crits. Not all, though. Some people are just babies.

I might spend more than an hour if it’s really good, and you can send more than 3,000 words, but I’m only human and I’m not gonna be able to wade through 10k from you for this contest, okay? Doing 25 critiques is a LOT of freaking work.

EACH OF THE FIRST 50 ENTRIES WILL RECEIVE:

VALUABLE INPUT FROM ME ON THEIR PIECE!

I’m reading it anyway, so I’ll give you an abbreviated version of a critique or I’ll enlist the help of one of my trusted critique partners to do it, but it should still be really helpful to you. Again, you can send more than 3,000 words but I can’t get through all that for this contest.

“DOOR” PRIZES just for entering!

ALL contestants not winning first, second, or third place will be put into a drawing for other prizes!

How awesome is that? Lots of stuff for you to win!

  • a multi-book prize from a single Amazon Bestselling author, available as autographed paperbacks or eBooks. (eBooks are not autographed.)

  • a complete trilogy from an Amazon Bestselling author, also as signed paperbacks or eBooks. (Again, the eBooks are not signed.)

  • a multi book package from several authors, in your choice of paperbacks or eBooks. (Nobody signs the eBooks, okay?)

  • a few signed copies of The Navigators, my amazing sci-fi thriller (unless you choose an eBook, right? Let that signed eBook thing go. Just let it go!)

  • one Amazon $20 gift card

  • Starbucks $10 gift card*

* My goal is to have ALL the entry fees go to prizes, not to make a profit on this contest, so I may use entry fees to buy and award more prizes. They won’t all be Ammy; that would get a little boring, and even though I personally HATE Starbucks, you might like it.

HERE are some of the AMAZING AUTHORS whose books will be in these packages

51CShaKNiTLAllison Maruska, The Fourth Descendant, the Project Renovatio trilogy

With over 550 reviews on Amazon, a signed copy of Allison’s runaway bestseller The Fourth Descendant should be part of any book lover’s collection.

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Allison’s amazing Project Renovatio trilogy has captivated audiences around the world. You want to win that, too.

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Hugh Roberts, Glimpses

28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns. You REALLY wanna win that!

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Phillip T Stephens Cigerets, Guns & Beer; Raising Hell; Seeing Jesus; and The Worst Noel

Is murder, sex, buried bank loot and legends of UFOs your cup of tea? Or maybe a clueless optimist who “ruins a perfectly good hell” Phillip T. Stephens offers crime, dark fantasy, young adult – and a good dose of humor.

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Jennifer Weiner, 24 Love Letter Ideas

Love letters are a nearly lost art form, but they are the easiest and least costly way to show your partner love and romance. Plus, it’s quick to do! I’m a fan of quick!

24 Romantic Date Night Ideas

Jennifer’s beautiful companion book is a terrific way to round out your romantic evening.

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Colleen Chesebro, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy

Come on, who doesn’t enjoy a fairy story? Plus, it’s set in Florida, a win-win. Then along comes a  primeval nymph, who explains young Abby’s true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

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T. A. Henry, Scripting The Truth

Any story that takes place in post-WWII Britain and has the phrase “She’ll try to do it all while trying to keep the seams on her stockings straight” has to be read. You’ll agree.

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and of course, ME

A few folks will be selected to receive a signed paperback of my hilarious sexy romp through Italy. It’s not available in stores yet, so these will be hot commodities. Probably.

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A few other folks will win my amazing sci fi thriller The Navigators as a signed paperback or an eBook. Don’t even ask me if I’ll sign the eBook. Just. Don’t.


HERE ARE THE RULES

You must enter an original piece of your own writing and pay the entry fee. Please don’t exceed 3,000 words; entries can be as short as you want.

THEME: To promote the end-of-April release of my upcoming book Poggibonsi: An Italian Misadventure, which involves traveling, entries need to touch on the theme of travel. In some way, shape or form, your entry has to address travel. Somebody can be traveling. Somebody can hate traveling. Some character can be missing from the story because they are traveling. Doesn’t matter. “Where’s Bill?” “Traveling.” That counts. I’m pretty loose on this.

All entries must be submitted on or before midnight eastern time on April 30, 2017.

There is NO restriction on genre. Go crazy.

You may submit a chapter or passage from your book if you so desire (I would – this is great publicity), but it should be an unpublished work.

HOW TO ENTER

You MUST submit your entry via the Contact Me button and pay your $10.00 entry fee (USD) via PayPal to dalatorr@verizon.net . If your entry is too large to submit that way, simply send me a message using the Contact Me button and I’ll email you back; from there you’ll be able to attach your piece.

BUT

You can waive your entry fee by subscribing to my newsletter right now AND by Liking my Facebook author page! You must do both things on or before midnight EST April 17, 2017 EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 23, 2017, and you don’t get $5.00 off for doing one of them. It’s okay to tell friends about the secret discount fee waiving thing but DO NOT go crazy with that. Reblog and RT and all that, sure. Those are friends. Can you go crazy sharing this info on Facebook? Yeah, what the heck.

Do I rock, or what?

LEGAL STUFF

Void where prohibited. ALL entries will be subscribed to my email list. Don’t worry, I won’t spam you. (I don’t know how.) Winners will be notified here on the blog in a big announcement, and they will be contacted by email, either by me or by the sponsor donating the prize, to make arrangements to get their prize – that might include an address to deliver a paperback to. Winners outside the continental United States will be eligible only for prizes that can be emailed or sent electronically, like an Amazon gift card. You still get your work published here, and the profile, etc., if you win those things, but sorry; mailing a paperback to Canada and other places is super expensive, so we’re letting you guys into the contest but we have to limit the costs that way. I’m sure you understand. One entry per person. If you cheat, you’re toast. Play fair. By entering you agree to all this stuff. I pretty much get free reign in selecting the top 3 winners but it’s gonna be stuff that appealed to me (typos matter but content matters more); the rest of the winners will mostly be random drawing but I’m not above awarding stuff to a really great fourth place person. Or not.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OR AROUND MAY 5, 2017

unless I get an overwhelming amount of entries, and then I’ll delay that part but trust me you’ll know because I’ll be whining about it here on the blog.

It is my desire to help each and every one of you succeed as authors and writers, so get busy!

Tick tock. April 30 will be here before you know it.

TELL EVERY WRITER YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS CONTEST!

Your humble host.REBLOG this! And please SHARE this post on Facebook and Twitter! Your friends need to know about this contest, too.

See those little buttons down below? Put on your glasses. There they are. Click them. (The FOLLOW button is now in the lower right hand corner.)

Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the amazingly great sci fi action thriller “The Navigators.”  Click HERE to get your copy of The Navigators – FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

 Available in paperback and audio book formats, too!

72 thoughts on “Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest – let the games begin!

  1. Reblogged this on J. A. Allen and commented:
    This contest is such a great opportunity aspiring writers. The prizes listed here are amazing.

    Dan has dedicated his website to help new and established authors and bloggers for years, and this contest is just one more way he’s contributing to the writing community. I’m proud to share the details here.

    Be a part of something fantastic. Have your work critiqued by a professional, best-selling author.

    Good luck to all who enter!

    Liked by 3 people

    • No particular genre, and any audience is welcome.

      There is a “theme” of travel, if you read through the rules, it’s pretty loose.

      Basically, it’s open to everybody. Everybody who has ever wanted to submit some writing and get it looked at, this is their chance.

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  2. This sounds fantastic, Dan, beautiful prizes and a great chance at promoting work for new authors. Well done, fantastic. I think I’m already subscribed to both fb and your newsletter but let me know if I;m not please.

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  3. Reblogged this on Wind Eggs and commented:
    I know you love contests. Admit it. Deep down inside you know you’re better than the rest. Dan Alatorre has announced with lots of great prizes.

    The best prizes? Not the $200 design package and value set, but a complete set of my novels in paperback ($50 value), and another complete set in Kindle format (worth much less).

    The catch? A 3000 word max story related in some way to travel. It’s probably already written and on your hard drive, Load it up and polish. Get to work.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. This sounds like a great contest!
    I write children’s books. From what I take from the rules, my entry would need to be an unpublished work, correct?
    Would I retain all rights to my work once I submit it to you?
    Would toys digging tunnels underground count as travel?
    What about a worm going to an organic farm to find out why her farm’s animals are sick?
    I have a lot of books not published yet! They are written, just not published.
    I subscribed to your newsletter and also liked your facebook page.

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  5. I know you said travel but could somone disappearing count? That would fit in with my MS. Also Dan is it too late to waiver the entry fee as I just noticed the cut off date was yesterday? As I’m in the UK I’d not get all the prizes… So any chance you could extend deadline? Cheeky request but if you don’t ask you never get… No worries if it’s too late.

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