I’m really, really excited about this contest! 🙂 I’m sure you’ve all heard about it, but for those who haven’t, I’ll give you the rundown:
TOR is looking for a new author, and designed the War of the Words contest to find that author. Here are the details from the press release (thanks to Chloe from Macmillan UK for sending it through!):
SciFiNow and Tor UK announce competition to offer a new Sci-fi writer a book publishing contract.
Leading consumer specialist magazine SciFiNow and highly regarded SF imprint Tor UK have teamed up to launch a new competition, War Of The Words, in a bid to find the UK’s best new SF writer. The partnership will be announced to readers in SciFiNow issue 28, on sale 13 May. Both SciFiNow and Tor UK are committed to celebrating the best in science fiction and fantasy literature and discovering emerging talent in the genre. Writers will be encouraged to submit a full synopsis along with the first three chapters by 20 August. The judging panel will be comprised of members of SciFiNow magazine and Tor teams, and a shortlist of six entries will be announced before the overall winner is revealed in SciFiNow issue 35, on sale 25 November 2009.
Top Macmillan and Tor authors will offer advice and tips to competitors in exclusive interviews. The SciFiNow website will also host regularly updated author content, including podcast interviews and video clips, as well as Q&A opportunities for aspiring writers. After the winner is announced, SciFiNow will continue to follow the publishing process with interviews with the winning author and extracts in the magazine, plus a winner’s blog on http://www.scifinow.co.uk. The finished book will be published by Tor UK in 2010.
Julie Crisp, Senior Commissioning Editor at Tor UK, commented: “At Tor UK we’re dedicated to finding, growing and nurturing new talent. We’re very excited to be working in partnership with one of the leading specialist magazines to find a new science fiction or fantasy writer to join authors such as Neal Asher and Alan Campbell on our list.”
Aaron Asadi, Editor in Chief of SciFiNow, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Tor UK on such a fantastic competition. SciFiNow has always prided itself on championing the very best in sci-fi and War Of The Words exemplifies that.”
Find the very important link to where you can find further information on this mindblowing opportunity here – SciFiNow – War of the Words
Here are more links for you:
Tony Ballentyne (reading his excellent novel Twisted Metal at the moment) on the secrets of the creation of his novels,
Advice from Neil Asher (have to get into his Polity books!),
What TOR looks for in the novels they consider publishing,
And finally, what I consider to be the most important link, the rules. 🙂
And now I have to tell you that I’m sad, even though this is an incredible opportunity – us budding writers here in South Africa cannot enter. 😦
Bugger. But that still doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop writing what I’m busy with! The last 3 days I’ve been keeping to my target of 2000 words a day, which will see me hitting around 90000 words at the end of July. Whether or not my novel will be finished is still unknown, but at least I will have gone a long way to learning how to work to a deadline – and deadlines, guys and girls, is the name of the game in writing. 🙂
So even if you can’t enter, why not take the opportunity to write a 90000-word novel by the end of July? You’ll be a damn sight more confidant in your ability, you’ll develop much more as a writer, and you might just finish that book that will see you published! 🙂 I’m giving it a shot and I’ll be damned if I don’t kick this deadline’s ass! 🙂
The competition has opened up to entrants WORLDWIDE! 🙂 So get those entries in!