Writing Competition

Nevermore Edits is proud to announce the Second Annual 2018 Nevermore Edits Writing Competition! The contest will run from February 1 to April 1, 2018. The three skilled winners will be published in the Summer issue of Corvidae Courier.

In a Nutshell

The last day to enter the contest is April 1, 2018, but you don't want to wait until the last day! Any entries that arrive after 11:59:59 p.m. CDT on April 1, 2018, will be ineligible to win.

What do you need to do to enter? Simple. First, you need a working email address. Next, you need to write a flash fiction manuscript that starts with the following line:

The raven cried out and silence answered.

Your manuscript can be in any genre except romance, erotica, and inspirational fiction. We're a writing group that focuses primarily in the area of critique, and we feel equipped to tackle any genre except for the ones we've excluded. We just don't think we can give manuscripts in those genres a fair shake. Finally, you'll need five dollars for the entry fee.

Here's a quick shakedown of the rules and procedures. For any questions about the administration of the contest, you can email me and ask me anything.

  1. Your submission should be formatted using accepted industry standards.
  2. English manuscripts only! Very few of our judges are polyglots.
  3. Because we gave you your hook, your manuscript is probably unpublished. Keep it that way until May 1st!
  4. Don't forget to start your story with "The raven cried out and silence answered"! Failing to use this sentence at the beginning of your story will disqualify your entry, and these entries are nonrefundable.
  5. Keep your manuscript short—no longer than 500 words. This includes the opening line, which is seven words, giving you 493 words to play with.
  6. Make sure each page is numbered, and include the title of the manuscript in the header.
  7. The manuscript should have no author-identifying information. If you put your name in the header, remove it now.
  8. Email your manuscript as an attachment to contest@nvmedits.com.
  9. In that email's subject line, include the title of the manuscript. In the body of that email, include your legal name, your pen name, your mailing address, and your phone number. If you want to include a short author bio, we wouldn't mind that at all.
  10. It costs $5 to enter the contest, and you'll pay that by clicking the button below. You'll be asked to enter the title of your manuscript during payment. Make sure you do that, so that we can tie your submission to your payment! Submissions that do not have a corresponding entry fee payment by 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 1, 2018, will be disqualified.

If you did all the stuff I put in bold, you should be good. Just in case, though, you might want to check out the long-form of the Official Rules.

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You must be an adult who is not a member of Nevermore Edits to enter. It's a federal law thing here in the United States, and we have to abide by it.

Winning & Prizes

Winning is pretty simple. Our judges fill out a score sheet where they give your manuscript a score of 1 through 10 in four different domains (narrative voice, consistency, structure and mechanics, and resolution and promises). I get the sheets and tally up the points, multiplying your score by 2.5 so that the maximum score is a 100 and the minimum score is a 10. Then I take the average of your judges' scores. That becomes your final score.

The top final score wins our first place prize: $40. The second-from-the-top final score wins our second place prize: $20. The third-from-the-top final score wins our third place prize: $10. All three of these winners get published in Corvidae Courier, to be released after the winners are announced on July 1, 2018.

Ready? Set. Go!

Want to know more about the contest? Read our Official Rules! Get to know Our Judges! Once you've done all that, you're ready to send us your stuff. We can't wait to read it!

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