Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Starbright Annual Novel Writing Contest

I thought this might be of interest to some of you. This contest is for those ages 9-19. If you have questions, I don't have the answers, but Patti Shene does: Starsongs.mag(at)gmail.com.


Starsongs magazine, a publication of Written World Communications, is proud to announce our first annual Starbright novel writing contest. Our goal is to assist the budding young novelist whose work shines above the rest to realize the dream of publication.

The contest is divided into two categories, novel and novella, depending on the age of the contestant. Each entry will be accompanied by a non-judged summary of the manuscript not to exceed 1,000 words.

This is a fiction contest with entries open to genres such as sci-fi/fantasy, speculative fiction, horror, action/adventure, paranormal, YA, historical, romance, mystery/thriller, and inspirational. Genres that illustrate extreme violence, illicit drug use, graphic violence, torture scenarios or explicit sexual situations such as “slasher” stories or erotica are not acceptable. Children’s books (for example, picture books) are not appropriate for this contest as they would not meet the required word count. Starsongs and Written World Communications welcome entries from both the Christian and secular novelist.

Each entrant will receive a critique from three (3) separate judges. First through fifth place winners will move to a final judging round. Entrants who advance to the final round will be afforded the opportunity to revise their entry.

Contest participation does not guarantee that the entire manuscript will be read. In order to assure a complete reading of your work, it is your responsibility as the author to edit and polish your manuscript to the best it can be. This includes but is not limited to proper spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and organization of content.

1st place – Publication of manuscript by Written World Communications
2nd place - $100.00
3rd place - $50.00

Entrant must accompany entry with a fee of $20.00.

The deadline has been extended to October 31, 2011.

Email Patti Shene at  for contest rules: Starsongs.mag(at)gmail.com


  1. Oh wow! I'd better get to work...

  2. That sounds awesome!!!!!!!

  3. Do they have a website?:)

    -Elisabeth Greenwood

  4. Is there a word limit?

    thank you

  5. sounds like fun! :D I'd love to see if I can do it... idk though, school bogs me down right now.

    There is another writing thing that's going to happen in November if anyone's interested. :) It's on nanowrimo.com. (a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month)

    I might do Starbright to though, but I don't think I can write it to my full extent in that short of time. :-/ Sorry.

  6. Wow. I am SO entering that one (if I can)!!!

  7. Jazmine, I hope we have lots of GTWers doing NaNo this year!

    Here's the link to the site: http://www.written-world.com/WWC/writers/win.html

    Looks like 90,000 words is the limit, but you can email Ms. Shene and find out.

  8. So, we have only about a month to write 90,000 words?! FREAK OUT!

  9. Whoa, I thought I was taking a break on novel writing until NaNo, but guess not! Better get to work.

  10. Anonymous, no need to panic. It's the limit, not the minimum :)