Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for March 2018! LET THE GAMES BEGIN – with a twist!

Are ya ready?

Because I have something extra special for you this time, with a surprise twist at the end, too – just like a great story!

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Announcing the March 2018

Word Weaver Writing Contest!

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John Darryl Winston,   Lucy Brazier,   J. A. Allen

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Allison Maruska,   Jenifer Ruff

(all celebrity judges from 2017 and 2018 will be rotated out and will be invited back for a supercontest at year end)

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and a new bonus

ALL entries will be critiqued by ME!

Yep, I’m going to personally critique your submission.

I wouldn’t wait to enter. A special discounted entry fee of $15 is available for all early birds who enter before January 15, 2018. The regular fee will be $20 after that. Use the CONTACT ME button to register now and secure your spot by sending your $15 early bird fee to me via PayPal.


Enter your amazing piece of writing! Or two! Or more! 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. Last time, contestants entering multiple pieces allowed me to find a story I liked. 

YOU will have the month of MARCH 2018 to enter an amazing piece of your own writing to my contest.

(Plus this extra time if you’re paying attention.)

Here’s what you do:

Yep, you guessed it. Enter a piece of your writing in the contest. I try to keep it simple.

The contest “theme” is intentionally broad:


Does that mean Jack the Ripper? Does that mean a boy and his dog? Like, if one kills the other?

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.


The FIRST PRIZE winner will receive:


That’s 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 October 2017 “Scary Anthology” topped the charts at #1.)

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

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  • Other contestants may be asked to join the anthology as well!


  • critique process,

  • content edit,

  • book cover,

  • get beta readers,

  • the whole nine yards.


  • That’s kind of a big deal

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


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


  • Did you see that gold medal picture? You get that picture to display.

  • 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:

  • PUBLICATION of their winning piece on this website and consideration for publication in the anthology

  • 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)

  • Not a gold medal. Sorry.
  • 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:

  • PUBLICATION of their winning piece on this website and consideration for publication in the anthology

  • 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?

  • also no gold medal. That’s really just for the #1 winner.
  • 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?

Oh, and there’s an extra special bonus to this contest that I’ll announce in a few days or maybe a few weeks. Yeah, suspense, right? You’ll love it. Don’t worry, this isn’t the fine print your mom said to worry about. Probably.




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

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.


It can be shorter. If you get it in 1250, you’re good to go.

If it’s longer than 3000, I may read all of it, but I’m only critiquing the first 3000 words. And 10k submissions haven’t won yet, either. So there’s that. Learn to select carefully. Just the best stuff.

I might spend more than an hour if it’s really good! But again, if you send 10k – I’m only human and I’m not gonna be able to wade through all that from you for this contest, okay? Doing critiques is a LOT of freaking work. Try to keep it to 3000 words and under.

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


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

Almost everyone who was in the October 2017 anthology has expressed an interest in doing it again. That puts you in there with bestselling authors and other published authors.

That’s definitely a big deal.

EACH ENTRY will receive an in-depth critique of their story by ME, as I said. That alone is worth the price of admission.


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.


“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_2351Audio books (audio books are not autographed) will be awarded

  • Autographed copies of my bestselling books will be awarded

  • Several not-autographed copies of my eBooks will be awarded

  • I may get stuff from my celebrity author judges to give away as additional prizes. Or not. (That might be a qualifying factor in whether they are selected as a celebrity judge)


NO LIMIT ON ENTRIES BY ANY ONE PERSON. You wanna enter 10 stories? Pay 10 fees. I’m okay with that.

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 coincide with a new book I’m writing, the theme is MURDER/MYSTERY/SUSPENSE. That can be happy stuff, cozy mystery, violent stuff, psycho killer stuff, crime stuff (I guess murder is already a crime) detective stuff,  YOU NAME IT.  Totally your call. Don’t feel limited. I’m pretty lose with this aspect.  Wanna have some insights into what I like? Check out the prior winning entries from the last three contests (April, July and November) and not just the first place winners. In some way shape or form, your story must touch on the theme of MURDER/MYSTERY/SUSPENSE. Again, I’m pretty loose on this.

All entries must be submitted on or before midnight eastern time on March 31, 2017. There is a preset number of entries that will be allowed. When that number is reached, no additional entries or fees will be accepted. When we get close, I’ll announce it on the blog – but if you get in early you’ll be fine.

There is NO restriction on genre other than murder/mystery/suspense. Go crazy. You can have love in your psycho thriller.

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.


You MUST submit your entry via the Contact Me button and pay your $20.00 entry fee (USD) via PayPal to dalatorr@verizon.net . The early bird entry fee of $15 applies through January 15, 2018. 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. IF YOU DO NOT GET A REPLY WITHING 24 HOURS, ASSUME AN EMAIL SCREW UP AND EMAIL ME AGAIN. (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?)


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. NO LIMIT ON ENTRIES BY ANY ONE PERSON until our preset number is reached. You wanna enter 10 stories? Pay 10 fees. By entering you agree to all this stuff and that I pretty much get free reign in selecting the top 3 winners (along with help from 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.


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.

You are probably a better writer than you think. Time to launch your rocket!

Tick tock. March 31, 2018 will be here before you know it.


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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!

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22 thoughts on “Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for March 2018! LET THE GAMES BEGIN – with a twist!

  1. Reblogged this on Write to Inspire and commented:
    This looks interesting and I may enter if I come up with a piece of writing that I consider good enough to submit.
    I’ve read “The Box Under The Bed.” It would be thrilling to have a story feature in one of Dan’s future anthologies, so that makes this competition worth a stab.

    Liked by 1 person

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