Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Inkwell Opening Chapters Competition - The Results

For all those that entered the Inkwell Opening Chapters Competition, see results below from Vanessa O Loughlin of Inkwell.

News of the Inkwell Opening Chapters Competition!
From our shortlist, a winner and runner up have been chosen by our judges Patricia Deevy, Editorial Director  with Penguin Ireland, and Ger Nichol of the Book Bureau. Both judges were delighted to read your entries and had a tough job selecting the winners from a truly mixed shortlist ....
And here they are:
  • Winner: 'Now or Never', Louise Hogan
  • Runner-up: 'The Sea Between Us', Carole Craig
The winner 'Now or Never' they felt had lots of potential, with writing that was fresh and direct, and they are both keen to see the full manuscript when it is ready. They agreed that Carole's story was crispy written with potential for a juicy historical tale with a bit of Pride and Prejudice style tension between the two main characters.
Huge congratulations to both Louise and Carole, and to the shortlisted writers!
And tips for any of you entering future competitions?
  • Think about who is judging a competition when you enter - think about what they might be looking for.
  • Follow the competition guidelines to the letter - number your pages, ensure your full contact information is available in case the judges need to get in touch with you - phone number/email and snail mail address. Some competitions disqualify entrants who have failed to enter according to the guidelines, don't let that be you!
  • Leave your entry for a few days before sending - it's amazing what that final read will reveal.
  • If you can enter a competition early, DO! If the judges are reading as entries arrive, you will catch them when they are fresh!
For everyone who entered, I will be going back over the competition entries with my scouting hat on - and I know there are a few of you who I will be in touch with...

Vanessa O Loughlin

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