Page last updated Aug 30 2009.
The OryCon 31 Writer's Workshop submission period begins Saturday, August 1st, 2009. Submissions close Friday, September 4st, 2009. The more the merrier, so print off this flyer [.doc] and make sure all your author and editor friends know about it!
Have you ever thought about what a professional in the writing field might think of your short story or novel? Have you sent out a manuscript and then wondered if the first reader or editor is thrilled, or yawning, or something in between? Wonder no more. This is a great opportunity to listen to friendly but frank Clarion-style critiques of your work by pros and peers in small group sessions.
What is the critique like? The story or novel portion submissions are divided into group sessions. The work is then distributed to group members (and only group members) in advance of the convention so they can read and critique them at their leisure. During the convention the small groups meet in a closed room. The author listens quietly while the other members in the group express their opinions about his/her work one at a time. During this time the author refrains from commenting. At the end of the formal part of the critique we sometimes offer a Q&A, brainstorming session or both if time allows. Then we move on to the next author in the group until all the work has been discussed. Groups will include 2-3 submitting authors and 2 pros.
SF, fantasy, horror and related- or sub-genres
Submit your best work to the workshop just as you would submit your best work to an editor. Often a piece has problems that the author doesn't know how to fix, and this is a good venue to explore solutions to those problems.
On the other hand this is not a good venue in which to present problems that you already know are there, know how to fix and haven't gotten around to eliminating. Critique time is precious and goes by very quickly. It's best spent on problems that are unknown or difficult for you to solve rather than the problems you already know how to take care of.
Submission fees are $10.00 per manuscript. Email Carole Cole for mailing address for fees and hard copy submissions. Electronic submissions are preferred.
Cover letter can be sent in the body of the email (if submitting electronically) or attached as a Word or RTF document. Cover letter should be no more than 300 words. Please include all your contact information (full name (not a pseudonym), email, mailing address, phone number).
Questions to answer in your cover letter:
The Writer's Workshop synopsis should be no more than 500 words and cover your entire novel, not just your excerpt. One possible method for the synopsis is to start with a single short paragraph about the main character and the main opening conflict. IF there are several main characters, focus on the most important one that the story follows most. Follow the character overview with a lively and heavily simplified description of the main plot. Include the ending. You might end the synopsis with either the consequences of the ending, an emotional overview, or description of the novel's themes.
This is by no means the only way to write a synopsis, but it includes all the information the Writer's Workshop requires (basic character, main plot, novel ending). You may find your synopsis will focus your editing and improve your work before you've even submitted it to the workshop, as it may reveal issues with the plot or characters you hadn't noticed before.The synopsis will not be critiqued, but it is required to put the novel excerpt in the proper perspective with the rest of the manuscript for those critiquing it. It is also good practice.
Standard manuscript format:
Please, no borders, images, illustrations, graphs or tables, html insertions, etc.
An example may be illustrative.
Please don't hesitate to contact Carole Cole with questions or concerns or for more information, resources, and all good things related to the Writer's Workshop.
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Artwork is copyrighted and graciously provided by the Artist Guest of Honor, Lubov.
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