Contest rules usually specify standard manuscript format, which means double-spaced, one-inch margins all the way around, Courier 12 point, non-proportional font or equivalent, standard headers with book title on the left side, and the page number on the right.
Last Edit: Jul 14, 2005 16:57:39 GMT -6 by Joxcenia
A final word of advice about workshops... keep the critiques! Every one. I wish I'd known this at the time. When you finally do become a skillful and successful published author, you'll want to put up a promotional website. Your site will include reviews of your writing. Until you get input from the book reviewers, which I'll talk about later, you can use those workshop critiques.
Now then, here's my list of workshops:
The Wild East Forums (Asian) lawrencegray.com They're seeking fiction and poetry. Great source of contest info from all over the world. If they take your stories in their print magazine, they pay up to US$1000. They also offer e-publishing. ideatosale.com/
Zoetrope Virtual Studio www.zoetrope.com Francis Ford Coppola's place. They take novellas, short stories, scripts & screenplays. They also have places for artists and actors. Massive number of users, and the possibility of paying publication in their e-zine or printed magazine. Getting published that way is difficult because it requires a consensus among the readers, but you WILL get a lot of advice here.
Electric Acorn www.dublinwriters.org An Irish workshop for poetry and short stories. You can be accepted into their e-zine as well, which doesn't pay.
New-Author www.new-author.com I haven't found time to visit this one yet, but sci-fi legend Piers Anthony recommends it. It's for short fiction, you sign no rights away, and you get valuable input. To paraphrase Mr. Anthony, it'll tell you if you've got real talent or if you're only fooling yourself.
Novelist's Workshop www.monash.com/writers.html Ya'll remind me to visit this one when I finish writing my new novel. I've never been there before, and now I've sold everything.