Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Go Teen Writers 1,000 Word Contest is open for submissions - CONTEST CLOSED

As announced on Monday, the Go Teen Writers 1,000 word contest is open for submissions today! We're open between now and Monday, or until we get 200 entries.

Quick reminder of who can enter: Those who are 21 and under, un-agented, and not a contracted or traditionally published novelist. One entry per person.

Here's the form for entering. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make sure to give us the correct email address. And make sure your entry is 1,000 words or less because I hate having to disqualify people.



One final note: When Jill and I talked about how we could possibly make a 1,000 word contest work, we knew we had to put some kind of limitation on it. There are only two of us, and while the Go Teen Writers blog and community are very important, they're only a portion of our professional responsibilities. While it pains us that the limitations we've put on the contest (only accepting 200 entries and staying open to submissions only for a few days) will inevitably exclude some writers, we hope you can understand why we needed the restrictions in place.

As it is, Jill and I will be reading and providing feedback for 200,000 words free of charge, and that will take up a lot of time and energy. We're happy to give back in this way to a community that we're blessed to be a part of, but we still have to put boundaries in place to remain healthy. Thanks for your support in this!

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  1. Yea! Even with the power going out last night, miss-guessing the password to reboot the computer, refreshing the page over and over...
    I DID IT!!!! :)

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  2. Did it. Now I'm going to try to go back to sleep... doubt I'll be very successful. :P

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    1. Goodnight, Kate. XD No, really though. Yours was great. You'll do fine. Your last minute edits really did help. A lot.

      I entered. I'm going to go freak out now. *starts hyperventilating*

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  3. I entered! =) That was a lot of editing. *winks*
    Thank you so much, Jill and Stephanie, for taking the time to read our entries. Ya'll could have decided not to do this incredible contest, and judge 200,000 words (providing feedback for us). But you did, and that means a ton to me. =) THANK YA'LL SO MUCH!!! =)

    One other thing, how many entries will ya'll choose to go to the second judges? And how many will they choose to send to Amanda? Thanks! =)

    TW Wright
    ravensandwriting.blogspot.com

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    1. In this case I'm glad I'm a perfectionist with my manuscript even on the first draft. There wasn't so much editing to do...

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  4. Thank you Jill and Stephanie for taking all of this time. It means a lot to all us.

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    1. Yes, thanks so much! 200,000 words is a lot to give feedback on. You guys are awesome.

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    2. Agreed. :)

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  5. Did it! Now to get ready for school :P Thank you Jill and Stephanie! You guys are awesome! :)

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  6. Thank you so much for doing this contest!!!!

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  7. Yay - I did it! It felt as though my destiny hung in the balance with that "submit" button. ;)

    A big "Thank you" to Mrs. Morrill, Mrs. Williamson, and the others who are making this contest possible! It means a lot to me, and I really appreciate the time you're taking to read our entries, give us feedback, etc.. Thank you so much!

    -Patience

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  8. I only entered 856 words, beacuse that was a good place to stop. Thank you for taking the time to read our submissions.

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  9. Thank you SOOOO much for this!!! I heard about this website yesterday from a great friend of mine who comes here a lot and found out about this contest! I woke up at midnight to see if submissions were open yet. :) LOL they weren't.

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  10. Stephanie and Jill, thank you so much for dedicating your time to this contest! :)

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  11. I just entered! Thank you guys so much for taking time to read over and give feed back on all of our entries. :-)

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  12. One question: does this have to be an excerpt from a book that you have written, or...?
    Can it be a short story?
    Just wondering :)

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    1. It needs to read like the beginning of a story. "We highly recommend that it be the first 1,000 words of your story, but that decision is yours. "

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    2. It should not be a complete story in 1,000 words, but we don't care if it's the first thousand of a novel or short story.

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  13. Yes! Yes! Yes! You don't know how nervous I was about being "late". Thank you SO SO much for this. It's amazing.

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  14. Mrs. Morrill,
    Do you think the contest will fill up before 3:00 p.m. today (mountain time)? I don't want to miss this opportunity, but am hoping to squeeze in a few more final edits! Thanks!

    Sophia

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    1. I hope it won't, but I don't know for sure.

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  15. I know this has already been said, but THANKS SO MUCH Stephanie and Jill! You guys are amazing.

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  16. Thank you so much Jill and Stephanie for setting this up and being judges for us! I'm sure it will be great!

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  17. Should we enter the first 1000 words of our manuscript, even if the novel's not completely yet?

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    1. :) Okay! And Amanda Luedeke is just going to give a critique?

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    2. She's going to give feedback on the top entries and pick her favorite,

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  18. Thank you so much for doing this contest, Stephanie and Jill! I have been wanting to enter a writing contest. Thank you for giving up your time to do this for everyone! :)

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  19. Thanks so much for doing this cool contest, Stephanie and Jill!

    I entered a short story that I wrote a little while ago, that feels kinda like the beginning of a longer short story, maybe even novella... if you guys like it, maybe I'll write more to it and make it longer. I hope it still counts, as originally it was going to be *just* that short of a story... it does have the potential to be longer though.

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  20. Thank you guys so much for this opportunity! I really appreciate it!

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  21. Thanks for doing this you guys are amazing.

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  22. So what happens after I submit my 1,000 words?

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    1. You wait :)

      Is that what you mean?

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    2. Does our work get edited? I mean, if we are one of the 200, do we automatically get edited?

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    3. Not edited, but you'll receive feedback, yes.

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    4. I'm assuming that the feedback will be from all several rounds of judges for whoever makes it....? correcto? =]

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    5. Ok! Thanks for answering my question, Mrs. Morrill! (I did mean feedback, not editing. Just couldn't think of the word I guess)

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  23. Just entered! I haven't submitted to a contest in a while so I was very excited to have a chance to enter this one! :D Good luck to all other entrants!

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  24. I'm afraid translating the first 1000 words of one of my stories is a bit too much for me now, and if I did it, it wouldn't give a result I'd be happy about, I think. I've tried it, but I wasn't very satisfied with it. Maybe another time or if I have time (and the chance) to try it later;-)
    Good luck with reading all those 200,000 words! Must feel like a teacher correcting tests or exams, but in a nice way, maybe?

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  26. 1) Thank you SO much for this opportunity! Your posts are so helpful and you gals are brilliant! <3

    2) I submitted my work, but I noticed a few things I wanted to fix right after. Is there a way to edit that or do I have to leave it as is?

    Again, thanks a million! God bless!

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    1. There's no way to edit. But what you can do is fix it, resubmit and just mark on the very top of your entry that it's a duplicate. I'll go in manually and remove the previous one.

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    2. Thanks so much, Mrs. Morrill! You're so amazing! :)

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    3. I had the same problem! After rushing to submit my entry, I realized there were a few stupid logistical errors. Thanks for the assistance!

      ~Sophia

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  27. Yay! I just entered! Now I'm going to go finish my math :D
    Congrats to all the entrants, whether you win or not. :)
    (I was trying to find an alternative to the phrase 'good luck'. It's actually kind of difficult. :)

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    1. I know! There are no fresh ways to say that, it seems.

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    2. Bonne chance. Say it in a different language. ;)

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  28. Entered this afternoon over my lunch break. Thank you for this amazing opportunity Stephanie and Jill. A very, very awesome competition!

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  29. Can't wait for the results of the contest and feedback! What an awesome contest. Thanks for hosting it!

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  30. Limited to 200 entries? Eep! I'd better hurry to get my submission polished and in.
    Thanks for doing this contest!

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  31. I just wanted to let you know how much I truly appreciate the Go Teen Writers peeps and the people who run it. Ya'll are amazing! Stephanie, Jill, I sincerely appreciate you guys. You're both amazing! God bless you!

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  32. Is there an award for the winner? I entered anyway, but I was curious. :)

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  33. Are you allowed to submit something that is like 680 words long?

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    1. Yes, although I would caution you that it likely won't read as "full" as the other entries.

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  34. Thanks so much Ms. Stephanie and Ms. Jill for holding this wonderful contest!!! Congratulations on all of the followers!!! Your blog is amazing and inspiring!
    Can't wait to see the results!
    Emily K. :)

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  35. I submitted! EEK!
    Thank you Stephanie and Jill for holding this contest and for having the whole GTW community! You both are so awesome!! :D

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  36. I'm going to submit as Tara Therese. Hopefully that's fine! It has no last name but it's my pen name as a writer.

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    1. Maybe I could be Tara T. if necessary?

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    2. That's totally fine! Whichever you want.

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  37. How many have you got so far, if you don't mind telling?

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    1. We were at 175 this morning. I'm guessing we'll be full or close-to by the end of the day.

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    2. Wow!

      -Patience

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  38. Ok, I feel stupid, but where do we enter this? *blushes*

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  39. Ok I found it. I'm an idiot. Don't mind me.

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    1. Lol - don't worry about it! It's tough to see that it scrolls :)

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  40. I can't believe I actually entered!!!! I'm soooooo excited!

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  41. Eek! I still have to finish my entry!

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  42. This is such an awesome idea, and I'd love to enter, but I have a problem. My book is a fantasy, and, for the moment, I run footnotes on my draft with pronunciation guides and brief explanations of unfamiliar terms. If I entered my excerpt, could I include the footnotes? I wouldn't need feedback on them, but I don't want the fantasy terms to confuse you.

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  43. I'm super excited that I entered! I'm pretty sure its FULL of run-ons and stuff, but I put a lot of effort into it. I am just absolutely horrible at editing :D

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  44. how many entries have been submitted?

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  45. This is such a great contest! I just entered in the epilogue of my story, and it took a whole lot of work to edit it down to 1000 words :P

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  46. thank you for taking the time to do this. It is encouragement to me that there are people who will help.

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  47. When approximately are the results going to come in?

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    1. It'll be around the end of the month when finalists are announced.

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