Saturday, November 13, 2010

Competitive Writing with Xulon Press

All writing contests are competitive but with some, it's even more because you have to pay. This is one of those. Here are the details:


http://www.xulonpress.com/writing-contest

2010 Christian Choice Writing Contest

It’s your time to shine!

Do you have a story you’re burning to tell? Perhaps it is a story of answered prayer, of God coming through for you when you least expected it. Perhaps you were healed miraculously of something that ailed you. Perhaps you even felt the touch of God upon your life as you walked in His ways. Or maybe your story is humorous, illustrating God’s work at play. Whatever it is, we want to hear from you! We are now accepting original entries of up to 700 words from all authors for the 2010 Christian Choice Writing Contest. We welcome entries from both amateur and professional writers, so whether you have been published or not, you are welcome to submit your work in this exclusive contest! In addition to the prestige gained from winning such a contest, the winner will receive a FREE Xulon Press Elite Publishing Package (valued at $6,877) and a professionally-crafted press release to announce their win to the media, to bookstores, and on Xulon Press’ website.

You can enter as many times as you choose! So what are you waiting for?
The deadline for submission of entries is November 30, 2010. Enter today and win!

Judging Criteria
Xulon Press judges will evaluate each entry based on the following criteria:
  • Is the submission well-written and readable?
  • Does the submission engage the reader?
  • Is the subject matter consistent with the contest’s theme?
  • Does the author effectively use mood to convey the overall theme?
  • Is the author’s personal style distinctive?
·         Contest Rules
·         The Christian Choice Writing Contest Official Rules 2010
·         ELIGIBILITY
·         Entries of no more than 700 words are eligible.
·         Eligible entries must be original works written in 2010.
·         Eligible entries can not be from an already published work.
·         The content of eligible entries must be consistent with a Christian message and the historic Christian faith.
·         Xulon Press has final and binding responsibility for determining the eligibility of all entries. If Xulon Press determines that an entry is ineligible, the author will be notified accordingly and a full refund will be granted.
·         ENTRY PROCESS
·         Each submission will incur a $39 entry fee.
·         JUDGING PROCESS
·         Judges will evaluate each entry based on the following criteria: creativity, originality, theme, and writing quality.
·         Judges will be selected by the Xulon Press editorial department. Judges may include book reviewers, editors, librarians, and professors.
·         Winners will be announced on December 17, 2010. Winners will be notified by email and mail and also on the Xulon Press website.
·         ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS
·         Xulon Press shall have the permanent right in any and all media to use and exploit all radio, television, merchandising, promotional and publicity rights that publisher and author may have in connection with their participation in the Christian Choice Writing Contest competition without further consent or payment.
Author also releases any claim they might have either by virtue of their participation in the Christian Choice Writing Contest for use of their respective photographs, names, likenesses, voice, or appearances in connections with the Christian Choice Writing Contest.
·         What is the point of entering this contest?
·         We established this contest in 2009 in order to recognize stories written by Christian authors. This year, we are going to select one winner from among all of the entries we receive in order to showcase their work to other writers and the media via a press release announcing their win. This nets the writer a good deal of publicity, and then they can advertise themselves as an award-winning author.
·         How many winners are there this year?
·         We are only selecting one winner this year.
·         What will I gain if I am the winner?
·         In addition to the prestige that comes from saying you are the 2010 Christian Choice Writing Contest award winner, you will receive one FREE Elite Publishing Program. This is a program with powerhouse marketing. Not only will you have your book designed by the award-winning Xulon Press team, but we pack this program full of all our great marketing tools. For more information on what is included in the Elite Publishing Program, please click here: http://www.xulonpress.com/Elite.php
·         How is this contest different from the Christian Choice Book Awards?
·         The Christian Choice Book Awards recognizes full-length books from self-published Christian authors in a variety of different categories. The Christian Choice Writing Contest, on the other hand, welcomes short 700-word submissions on virtually any topic relating to Christianity.
·         How can I enter?
·         If you would prefer to pay by phone, we can accommodate you. Simply call Angie Jordan at 1-866-381-2665, ext. 2023, or contact her by email at opad@xulonpress.com; she will be able to take your payment for you. Once you have submitted your payment, you will need to send one copy of your story to us at contest@xulonpress.com.
·         We accept credit and debit cards as well as checks. Please make checks payable to:
·         Xulon Press

Longwood, FL 32779
·         Is my entry fee redeemable if I do not win?
·         No, we will not redeem your entry fee of $39.
·         If you pay by phone and submit your story to us through the contest@xulonpress.com email, you will receive a reply back that your story has been received.
·         What can the story be about?
·         The story can be about anything as long as it has a Christian message. For example, some entries we have received in the past include the following topics: witnessing medical miracles, dealing with the passing of a loved one, accepting Jesus Christ as Lord for the first time, experiencing the power and presence of God in one’s daily life, and much more.
Even if your story doesn’t fit into any of these “categories,” it is suitable for entry just as long as it contains a Christian message somewhere within it. If we have determined that your story is inappropriate or degrades the name of Jesus Christ in any way, we may refund your entry fee and disqualify your story.
·         What are the criteria for judging?
·         Judges will be given a copy of each story and asked to evaluate each one based on the following criteria: style, content, clarity, pacing, inspiration, and originality. Even if your story is not technically perfect, it may be selected based on its message—so don’t feel discouraged.
·         Who are the judges?
·         We do not disclose the identity of the judges so as to maintain anonymity and keep the contest fair and balanced. The judges are selected from among a crop of freelance editors, writers, and journalists, so rest assured they have a lot of experience critiquing submissions.
·         When can I use my prize if I am the winner?
·         If you are the winner, you may redeem your Elite Publishing Program immediately. Simply call our toll-free line (1-866-381-2665) and ask to speak to one of our Acquisitions representatives. They will help walk you through the steps you need to take in order to publish with us.
·         What is included with my prize if I am the winner?
·         A comprehensive list of everything that is included in the Elite Publishing Program: www.xulonpress.com/Elite.php

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