Monday, December 04, 2006

Fast & Festive Fiction Writing Contest

It's the Ho Ho Holidays and you should be looking for new readers in your stocking. What better way to draw them in than by showing them all your treasures and talent?

Looking to get your publishing career moving? Looking for a way to revive characters from books that have been out for a while? Want to introduce new characters for upcoming books? Looking for a way to build your readership? Have we got a promotional opportunity for you!

This month Echelon wants original stories set during the winter holidays! Christmas, Hanukkuh, Winter Solstice...you get the point. Whether your story is a touching romance, a terrifying thriller, or a confusing whodunit, we want to read it! We urge you to think outside the box on this one...holiday stories in...Russia, Germany, Italy...let your creative spirit soar!

So for December, submit your festive original story and wait to see if someone inserts a publication contract in your holiday gift pile.

Echelon Press would like to publish your "Fast and Festive" December story. The fast part means you have until December16, 2006 to submit your story of 3000-6000 words. The winner will be notified by December18, 2006 and have 5 days to edit/revise the story. Echelon Press will publish your story in its e-book division on December 25, 2006. Simple!

Send your submissions to
contest@echelonpress.com. Stories must adhere to the following guidelines.

Standard Manuscript format:
  • File saved in Word format (.doc) or (.rtf) (Send all submissions as an attachment)
  • 8 ½ x 11 page
  • Times New Roman 12pt font/black
  • 1-inch margin on all sides/ 1.5 line spacing
  • Align text left, do not justify (aligning text both left and right)
  • Header containing title, author name and page number
  • Capital letters at the beginning of sentences and proper nouns
  • Show new paragraphs by indenting first line of new paragraph .3. Do not add blank line between paragraphs.
  • Show scene breaks with * * * * centered in the appropriate line.

All cover letters must include:
  • Name (and pseudonym if applicable)
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address (if available)
  • Web address (if available)
Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will be deleted without consideration or notice.

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