Of special interest to members of the Boulder/North Denver chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers: My Book Therapy, a company offering book doctoring and writer coaching services for aspiring novelists, announces their exclusive 2011 Frasier Contest. “Exclusive,” in this case, means that the contest is open only to members of “Club Book Therapy Voices,” a community of novelists primarily in the Christian fiction genre. (There is no charge to be a member.) Specifically, only members who had no fiction over 20K commercially published for the seven years previous to the deadline date of March 31 may enter. There’s an entry fee of $30 required to accompany your 500-word synopsis and your 1500-word opening scene.
Finalists will be announced by June 1, 2011. The winner will be announced at the annual MBT Pizza Party at the 2011 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
According to the contest announcement page, the winner will receive free admission to a My Book Therapy Retreat, which My Book Therapy values at $500; will be featured in the Voices Ezine and on the MBT blog; and will “receive writing feedback from published authors/judges from the industry.” Final entries, those that get past the first round of judging by “current therapists with My Book Therapy and/or currently published authors,” will also be judged by “a literary agent tbd”.
Update: The literary agent will be Rachelle Gardner from Wordserve Literary. See the second part of this interview for the rest of the final round judges.
So that’s what you need to know to enter the contest: become a member of Voices, write your check, and submit your 2000 words total by March 31. But what do you need to know to decide whether you want to enter?
Contest entry fees have been the focus of recent scrutiny on this blog. Certainly the ratio of entry fee to entry word length is very high, the company running the contest can hardly by said to depending on entry fees to fund the contest, and the prize isn’t cash. On the other hand, the entry fee is less than 10% of the value of the grand prize, and the contest appears to enjoy prestige at the ACFW. The testimony from 2010 entrants appears very positive, though of course not entirely unbiased since entrants must be Book Therapy Club Voices members.
Maybe if you’re a member of HIS Writers, the aforementioned local ACFW chapter, you’re pretty familiar with this outfit already, but what’s a writer who’s never heard of this contest to think?
Boulder Writing Examiner will address those questions this weekend by interviewing the 2011 Frasier Contest Coordinator (and National Writing Examiner!) Tiffany Colter. Until then, even if you’re only considering entering the contest, start polishing your entry. The deadline is a little under two weeks away!