Monday, February 20, 2012

100-word free write contest

This round is a 100-word free write!


Your 100 words should read like the opening of a novel. That means you have just 100 words to hook this round's judges - Christa Allan and Betsy St. Amant - into your story world. It also means you have the opportunity to get feedback from published authors on the opening of your manuscript, which is a pretty awesome.

If you have entered a Go Teen Writers free write contest before, you may NOT resubmit a previous entry.

Your entries are due on Monday, February 27th by 11:59pm Kansas City time. You may email it to me by clicking here or at Stephanie(at)GoTeenWriters.com. Include your name as you would want it to appear on the website, and no attachments please!

And I always send confirmation emails, so if it's been 48 hours and you haven't heard from me, feel free to check back.

The contest is for those age 21 and under. One entry per person please.

For more details and a sample winning entry, click here.

Can't wait to see your entries!



Christa Allan

A true Southern woman who knows that any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, Christa is a writer of not your usual Christian Fiction. She weaves stories of unscripted grace and redemption with threads of hope, humor, and heart.
Walking on Broken Glass is her debut novel. Her next novel, Edge of Grace will be released by Abingdon Press in August of 2011. Her essays have been published in The Ultimate Teacher, Cup of Comfort,Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul.
Christa is the mother of five adult children, a grandmother of three, and a teacher of high school English. She and her husband Ken live in Abita Springs, Louisiana, where they and their three cats enjoy their time playing golf, dreaming about retirement and dodging hurricanes.



Betsy St. Amant


Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is a fireman’s wife, a mommy to a busy toddler, a chocolate-loving author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.

25 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, yes!!!! So excited :)

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  2. So excited! Thanks, Stephanie!

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  3. "Can I get a whoop-whoop?"

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  4. Very excited!

    Question: how exact is the word count? 100 words, exactly, ends in the middle of a sentence, so should I go ahead and finish the sentence or do I need to go back and tweak my original phrasing to make sure it's under 100 while still making sense, or is 108 words allowed?

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    1. Katie, the word count needs to be 100 words or less. Which makes me feel like such a stickler, but otherwise I have to do too much debating over how much bending should be allowed. So, yeah, must be 100 words or less to qualify.

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  5. Alright! :D I'll have fun trying to make a new, really eye-catching (for lack of a better phrase) opening for my WIP.

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  7. YAY!!!! I am going to go write something RIGHT NOW!

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  8. Yippee! The last one was so fun. Thanks so much for hosting a new one!

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  9. PS Love the image of Christa's cats playing golf. :)

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  10. Stephanie, do you know of any websites/blogs for twenty-something writers? I'd love to start participating in some free writes/writing prompts, but alas I'm 22 going on 23.

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    1. Hmm, Sarah. I can't think of anything targetted at twenty-somethings, no. It seems like Seekerville posts a list of contests on the first of every month, so maybe you could find something there that fits you? http://seekerville.blogspot.com/

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    2. I couldn't find any blogs or websites specifically for twenty-something writers either, Stephanie. So I decided to make a blog for the twenty-something aspiring writer all on my own! The site is in the works at the moment, but I'm really excited about having a place for the twenty-something writers to gather, grow and talk about books and writing together.

      Also, thanks for sharing the link! =)

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    3. Yay! Well, as a 20 something, I intend to enjoy it :) Will you post the link?

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    4. The blog is still currently under construction, but I will let you know when it's fully up and running, Stephanie. (Right now I have the URL blocked from the public's eyes though.)

      The blog URL is twentysomethingwriters.blogspot.com

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  11. I'm excited about entering! I have a new novel I started that I will submit the first bit once I edit! Thanks for hosting a free write. :D They are fun! :D

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  12. Stephanie I have a question. Is there going to be a longer free write soon? I'd really like to enter the beginning of my novel, but it involves editing way too much and taking away from the story even to get it to the point of 200 words. I'm wondering if I should just pass this one up if there's going to be a longer free write in the near future?

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    1. Jaedyn, I really enjoy doing the longer contest entries, but I have a super hard time rounding up judges for it because it takes so much more time than the 100 word entries. I'm only able to do those a couple times a year.

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