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Friday, February 15, 2013

Backspace Writers' Conference: Scholarship Contest


Did anyone notice this recent post by Janet Reid?

And, are you in the NYC area this May?
Courtesy: quemonavaestachica.com

If so, the Backspace Writers’ Conference may be perfect for you, especially as they are offering THREE scholarships via the “This Manuscript HAS to Become a Book!” Scholarship Contest.  This contest could end up with your book being published J
I signed up, so I might see you then, (he wished, while crossing both fingers and big toes.)

Here’s some details taken from the Web site:
“Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous sponsor, Backspace is awarding 3 full scholarships to the 2013 Backspace Writers conference!

Scholarships cover registration fees for the 2013 Backspace Writers Conference and Lane Shefter Bishop’s evening logline workshop ($765 value). Travel, hotel, and incidental expenses are the responsibility of scholarship winners. Please do not enter unless you are in a position to attend the conference.

How the Backspace “This Manuscript HAS to Become a Book!” Scholarship Contest works:
When you’re browsing in a bookstore (and thankfully, we still have those!) typically, after a title catches your eye, you check out the back cover blurb, then crack open the book to read a few pages. Based on that sample, you then decide whether or not to purchase the book.

That’s exactly how the “This Manuscript HAS to Become a Book!” contest will be judged. The entries submitted to this contest aren’t books–yet. But they could be. Some of them SHOULD be. And YOU can help make that happen!

Read the entries posted here. Which book concept and writing style absolutely blows you away? Which do YOU wish was already a published book? Which writer’s project shows such potential that they just HAVE to go to New York to attend the Backspace conference and meet with literary agents in person so they can hopefully-possibly-maybe-eventually get a book deal?

Entry deadline: March 1
Voting: March 5 – March 15

Winners announced: March 17”


Good luck if you enter J

Happy Friday, y'all and remember... the sky is the limit!

Courtesy: Wallpaperpicture.net



Laura Eno said...

At least the NYC weather should be decent in May... ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Won't be anywhere near New York.
And this morning the sky was filled with a meteor over Russia!

Miranda Hardy said...

That will be a great opportunity for those lucky winners. Hope you are one of them!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Sounds like an awesome conference. Have fun! I wish I could go. :)
I was just thinking about you the other day, by the way. I was noticing how many chapter books there are for girls and how few for boys. (I have one of each and shopping for one is much easier than the other.) And I thought, "Whe could write a super funny book for young boys?" Hmm. . .Mark!
So yeah, get on that. ;)

Al Diaz said...

Best of lucks for you in this contest, Mark!

Anonymous said...

Crossing fingers for you!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Conferences are pricey. I'm not planning on NY any time soon. Any conferences I'll attend will be much closer to home.

This one sounds like a good opportunity and I'm wishing you the best for it!


Johanna Garth said...

Good luck Mark. Sounds interesting.

And yes, btw, per your comment this morning I'm totally okay with disagreement :) And I kinda didn't expect the guys to get why Clinton is so crushworthy!

Mark Means said...

Best of luck, Mark and have a great weekend!

Elise Fallson said...

Bonne chance, Mark. (:

Leigh Covington said...

I really wish I could be in NY in May, but I can't be there if I'm saving up for HAWAII!!!
Seriously - it's all I can think about! LOL

Tammy Theriault said...

Can you fly me there by chance??? No??? Fine...

Shannon Lawrence said...

Good luck on the scholarship! I won't be in NY, but sounds fantastic. Great pic choices for your post, too. Some day I'd like to take photos like that.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Kelley Lynn said...

Hmmm, I actually will be in NY at the end of May. For the first time ever! But its for vaca... unfortunately no time for writing things :(

Unknown said...

Sounds like a fantastic contest. Good luck to everyone.

Anonymous said...

I haven't visited Janet Reid's site in months. Thanks for the link. I'd love to take the dam to New York! But kids are in school so we can't make it.

Nicole said...

Sadly, I won't be near NYC, but I know Backspace offers some pretty great opportunities for people who can go!

Brinda said...

That's a very cool contest. NYC is about as far as Hawaii for me, so I'll have to sit that one out. :)

Nancy Thompson said...

I hope you make it, Mark! Good luck!

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