Friday, November 25, 2011

265 Word Free Write!

Here are the quick details for those of you who have been entering Go Teen Writers contests for a while and know the drill:

This round is a free write - which means no prompt sentence. Which means if you're working on a novel right now, you can copy and paste the first 265 words into an email, send it to me, and get feedback from published writers Julie Garmon, Ashley Mays, and Roseanna M. White.

Word count - 265 (Thanks to all who clicked "follow" to boost that number!)

Due Date - Sunday, December 4th by 11:59pm CST (central standard time)

Prizes - Those who make the top 10 entries will receive a line edit in addition to the general feedback.

Submit your entry to me through my author site or via email, Stephanie(at) No attachments please!

Even more details:

The judges will think of your entry as the opening of a story. They're looking to be drawn into a story world, same as you are when you read the first page of a novel.

You do not have to use all your allowed words, but your entry cannot exceed 265 words.

If you submitted an entry to the 150-word free write, you may NOT resubmit that one. But you can study the winners and see what the judges liked!

You must be 25 or younger to enter. Only one entry per person.

Have questions? Leave a comment below, and we'll get it answered!

Your judges this round are:

Julie Garmon is a Southern author who’s not afraid to tackle sticky subjects. A nugget of redeeming hope hides buried in her writing. Her tagline is “Southern Stories of Grit and Grace.” She’s been a regular contributor to Daily Guideposts since 2003, and writes on assignment for Guideposts magazine. She’s published with Sweet 16, PLUS, Angels on Earth, Homelife, Today’s Christian, Today’s Christian Woman,,, and Julie won a coveted spot to the Guideposts’ writers contest in 2004, and was chosen to attend subsequent Guideposts’ workshops based on winning entries.

Ashley Mays is the former Editorial Assistant for Brio and Brio & Beyond magazines and currently writes her own fiction for teens. She enjoys rock climbing, people watchin gin airports, and expanding her shoe collection. Ashley lives with her husband in Colorado. No, they don't ski. Learn more about Ashley on her website:

Roseanna M. White, author of two Biblical love stories and LOVE FINDS YOU IN ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND (December 2011) makes her home in the mountains of Western Maryland with her husband, two small children, and the colony of dust bunnies living under her couch. After graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, she and her husband founded the Christian Review of Books, where she is the editor. She is a member of ACFW, HisWriters, Biblical Fiction Writers, and HEWN Marketing.


  1. Awesome, Stephanie! Can't wait to see who the judges pick for this round! :-)

    I had a quick question. I know I can't enter the same opening as I did for the 150 free-write...but what if I totally re-wrote the opening to my book? It's from the same book I am working on as the one I entered in the 150 freewriter, but it's rewritten. Hope that makes sense!

    Thanks! :-)

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  3. I'm so excited! This will be super fun! :)

  4. Katie, if it's completely rewritten - as in no sentence has been left the same, and to the unknowing eye, you wouldn't think the two scenes were the same, then yes, that's fine.

  5. Yay! My question was the same as Katy's. :)

  6. This will be fun! :) last winners were so good, I can't wait to see what people come up with this time.

    - Elisabeth Greenwood :)

  7. I'm going to try to get my sister to do this one. :)

  8. Can you post more then once. Two different stories?

  9. I'm going to do this for the first time! :D

  10. Neat. I'm a little worried about having my first 263 words of my book posted online though.

  11. Jessi, I won't post anything without acquiring your permission first :)