WRITING CONTEST – Tick Tock, we are halfway to the end of our contest period!

Re-announcing the contest in case you haven’t been paying attention.

I have something REALLY good for you this time.

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RE-Announcing the November 2017

Word Weaver Writing Contest!

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NOW WITH CELEBRITY JUDGES!

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Bestselling authors Jenifer RuffAllison Maruska and Kelly Abell

Woo hoo! Celebrities!

Enter your amazing piece of writing! I and my hand-selected celebrity judge panel of bestselling authors will decide the winners and award a HUGE prize package plus some other amazing goodies.

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

Here’s what you do:

Yep, you guessed it. Enter a piece of your writing in the contest. Nothing gets by you!

The contest “theme” is intentionally broad:

RELATIONSHIPS

Does that mean Romeo and Juliet? Does that mean a boy and his dog?

I don’t know. That’s up to you! I’m pretty loose on these things.

What can you win?

Scroll down a little, impatient one.


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The FIRST PRIZE winner will receive:

PUBLICATION

The big enchilada.

Do I have your attention now?

I expect we will publish another anthology in 2018, combining bestselling authors and established writers with first timers again. (Our last anthology topped the charts at #1.)

  • The first place winner of this contest will be guaranteed a spot in that book.

  • If the winning story is part of a book, then I will personally publish the book.

THIS PUBLICATION PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • critique process,

  • content edit,

  • book cover,

  • get beta readers,

  • the whole nine yards.

  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK, DIRECTLY FROM ME AND WITH MY HANDS ON GUIDANCE.

  • That’s not an either-or proposition, that’s potentially BOTH – a spot in the anthology AND your book published on its own.

You’ll have the whole month of November to create your masterpiece, OR EVEN BETTER – USE AN EXISTING STORY.

Whaaaaatttt???
I KNOW!

The FIRST PLACE winner will also receive:

  • PUBLICATION of their winning piece on this website

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

  • MASSIVE BRAGGING RIGHTS 

  • You’ll get to refer to yourself as an AWARD-WINNING author. Because you’ll be one. How cool is that?


Now… there are critiques?

Yep. We’ll get to that in a second. Check out the other top prizes first.


2The SECOND PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package:

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BOOK COVER BY DAVID DUANES DESIGNS

The gang at David Duanes Designs have been responsible for many of my amazing book covers, as well as the cover of the #1 bestselling anthology The Box Under The Bed!

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The 2nd place winner will also receive:

  • PUBLICATION of their winning piece on this website

  • 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)

  • I think they get to refer to themselves as an AWARD-WINNING author, too. Second place is an award, right?


3The THIRD PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package:

  • 30 day access to Dan’s Inner Circle, where I can analyze your writerly needs and help guide you on the way to your goal, with input from OTHER bestselling authors, too.

  • PUBLICATION of their winning piece on this website

  • 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?

  • And still, I think they’re an award-winning author, too. A little less so than 1st and 2nd, but it still counts. And who’s gonna look it up and give you crap, anyway?

EACH OF THE FIRST 50 ENTRIES WILL ALSO RECEIVE:

A CRITIQUE OF THEIR WORK BY ME!

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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 private 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 50 critiques is a LOT of freaking work.

Many participants who wrote stories for my contests were later INVITED to be in an anthology we published.

SO THIS IS WHERE YOU WANNA BE!

Getting the information, the encouragement, the support, and the hands-guidance you need to GET PUBLISHED.

Almost everyone who was in the last anthology has expressed an interest in doing it again. That puts you in there with bestselling authors and other published authors.

That’s kind of a big deal.

EACH of the first 50 entries will receive an in-depth critique of their story by ME. That alone is worth the price of admission.

BUT DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT!

As the winner of the last contest, your help has been invaluable. The reason my books have not been published is I haven’t know where to start. I went through the whole “find an agent” and querying steps for my other book, but was tired of rejection. Now I have an author’s Facebook page, a blog, and a Twitter account that never existed in the world before. You walked me step-by-step through the process. We are nearing the end of the beta reader phase, so I think things are going to move pretty quickly now. Although I know the Moyhill package is going to be extremely helpful, you gave me an amazing critique of my book.

– Heather Kindt, author of Ruby Slips and Poker Chips

Hi Dan,
Wow, thank you so much for the critique. Amazing job, thank you. Dan, thank you so much for doing this. I feel as if I’ve found a great mentor, one who knows where my writing is coming from and hopefully to advise me where and how to get to the next level.
 Adele M
Hey Dan,
 You really know how to make my day! I’m so grateful for your detailed critique of my story. It’s wonderful to get this kind of feedback, and totally validates all the hours we put in, alone at our desks, writing our hearts out. To be honest, I jumped up and down and cheered so much, my dog thought I had gone completely berserk, not to mention my husband.
– Heather H
And there are hundreds more who have received my input on their manuscripts via my unique critique process.

Some are bestselling authors who will not publish a manuscript without me looking at it first!

Where else can you find established authors willing to reach out like that? Nowhere, that’s where. Well… here. But nowhere else probably.


PLUS!

“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!

  • IMG_2351Several contestants will receive ONE month FREE membership in my PRIVATE CRITIQUE GROUP.

  • Receive up to 3,000 words of your story per week critiqued BY ME in my private critique group. Get The Dan Treatment. This $50.00 value will be awarded to several contestants.

  • One of my audio books (audio books are not autographed)

  • autographed copies of my bestselling books, in your choice of paperback or eBook (but the e-Books aren’t signed, either, okay?)

  • a signed copy of The Box Under The Bedour #1 Bestselling scary anthology (signed by me; I didn’t round up 20+ authors – they live all over the place!)

  • Amazon $20 gift card

  • Starbucks $20 gift card


OKAY, 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 (but if you’re a little over, fine. If you go 10k, I know you aren’t even trying. Shoot for 3k. You can do that.) Entries can be as short as you want. FEEL FREE  TO USE A CHAPTER OF YOUR UNRELEASED BOOK. (That’s what I’d do.)

THEME: To celebrate the holidays, the theme is relationships. That can be happy stuff, scary stuff, violent stuff, murder (I guess murder is probably violent. At least to the victim.)  …macabre, YOU NAME IT. A boy and his dog count. A girl and her turtle. Romeo and Juliet. Totally your call. Don’t feel limited. Wanna have some insights into what I like? Check out the prior winning entries from the last two contests (April and July), and not just the first place winners. In some way shape or form, your story must touch on the theme of RELATIONSHIPS. I’m pretty loose on this.

All entries must be submitted on or before midnight eastern time on November 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 $20.00 entry fee (USD) via PayPal to dalatorr@verizon.net . PLEASE SEND A WORD DOCUMENT (WordPress text and PDFs mess up the formatting). Simply send me a message using the Contact Me button saying you want to enter and I’ll email you back; from there you’ll be able to attach your piece. (Not using Word? Attach it in whatever you used. If there’s a problem, I’ll let you know. But please try to use Word, okay?)

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.) A lot of the entries’ email addresses don’t get on the list because it’s work and I’m lazy. 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 a mailing address to deliver a paperback to. Winners who live outside of the country of the sponsor whose prize they won may be limited to a prize that can be emailed or sent electronically, like an eBook, audio book, PDF, or Amazon gift card. You still get your work published here, and the profile, etc., if you win those things, but sorry; mailing a paperback from here 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 entry fee; limit three entries per person. If you cheat, you’re toast. Play fair. By entering you agree to all this stuff and that I pretty much get free reign in selecting the top 3 winners (along with our celebrity judges) but it’s probably 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 DECEMBER 20, 2017

unless I get an overwhelming amount of entries, and then I’ll delay that part but trust me you’ll know way in advance 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. November 30 will be here before you know it.

TELL EVERY WRITER YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS CONTEST!

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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 amazing paranormal thriller “An Angel On Her Shoulder.”  Click HERE to get your copy of Angel – FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

 Available in paperback format, too!

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