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Basics

Entry Fee: FREE to Inspire Members, $15 for Non-Members

Genres: Either Fiction or Nonfiction but no poetry, flash fiction, or devotionals

What: First page of your UNPUBLISHED fiction or nonfiction manuscript.

Max Entries: We will accept a maximum of THREE submissions per person. If you submit more than three, we will only accept the first three submitted.

Criteria: 75% of the score will be based on how captivating and compelling your opening is. 25% of the score will be based on mechanics.

Note: All entries will be blind judged, and must be consistent with Inspire’s Statement of Faith.

Submissions: Word docs or PDFs, submitted through the official submission form on inspirewriters.com. Open for submissions from July 1 – August 7. Winners will be announced August 15th.

Summary

We want to see the opening page of your UNPUBLISHED nonfiction or fiction manuscript! It could be of a short story, essay, memoir, novel, self-help, or anything you think will captivate us from the first page. We are not accepting poetry, devotionals, or flash-fiction for this contest. We want to be aching to read what comes next, so make sure your opening is clear, compelling, creative, and captures the heart of what your full project is about. Tip: avoid clichés, tropes, and ‘’writerly’ language. Write fresh and write tight. (Contest is open to both members and non-members.)

Note: All submissions must be compatible with Inspire’s statement of faith. No nudity, foul language, sexual content, racism, graphic or unnecessary violence, etc.

Formatting

As with most magazines and publishing houses, there is always a standard set of submission guidelines you must adhere to. This contest is no exception. Your Word doc or PDF must be formatted with the following specifications:

    • Upload Word doc or PDF
    • Do not put the author name in either the document itself or the filename
    • Standard letter size pages
    • Filename should be your title, or the first several words
    • Times New Roman font
    • 12 point
    • One inch margins
    • Double-spaced
    • 0.5″ indentation for paragraphs
    • No extra space between paragraphs beyond double spacing
    • And one page only, even if it stops mid-sentence

Scoring

Entries will be blind judge by three individuals whose scores will be averaged by the contest administrator. 75% of those scores will rate how compelling and well-written your opening is. 25% of the final score will be based on your adherence to the formatting guidelines, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and proper use of sentence structure and vocabulary. Tip: edit, edit, ask someone to edit, and then edit again. A GREAT piece content-wise will not win if it’s full of spelling errors, poor punctuation, and missing words.

Submission Window

We will accept submissions via our website from July 1, 2020-August 7, 2020.

Results

Winners will be announced on August 15th, 2020.

Prizes

First Place: Fiction

  • Choice of $50 Amazon Gift Card OR $50 Credit to Special Event to be announced on July 15th, 2020
  • Announcement across all Inspire social media and in our newsletter
  • And … Publication of winning entry on our award-winning blog

First Place: Nonfiction

  • Choice of $50 Amazon Gift Card OR $50 Credit to Special Event to be announced on July 15th, 2020
  • Announcement across all Inspire social media and in our newsletter
  • And … Publication of winning entry on our award-winning blog

The runner up in each category will also be published on our award-winning blog.


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