The Top Ten Finalists: In order of their finish. Congratulations to Brett J. Talley for taking the top prize and to Gregory Bastianelli and Jeff Watkins for 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Thanks to all of our judges and to everyone who entered. It was a great contest and was a lot of fun putting it all together.
1. Brett J. Talley - That Which Should Not Be (Winner)
2. Gregory Bastianelli - Jokers Club (2nd Place)
3. Jeff Watkins - The Death Cheater (3rd Place)
4. Elizabeth Reuter - Demon Of Renaissance Drive
5. Stephen M. DeBock – Love Bites
6. JC Lee - Twisted Branches
7. Angela Asleem - Women Scorned
8. William D. Jarrett III - Hell or High Water
9. Aaron Garrison - The Storm’s of Pemberton
10 Lee Collins - The Dead of Winter
JournalStone’s $2,000 advance in 2011 Publishing Contest
Get your HORROR novel published and earn a $2,000 advance against future royalties.
JournalStone is holding its first HORROR publishing contest. Have you written a horror novel? Would you like to be published? Would you like to actually earn money for your efforts?
Submit your 75,000 words or more manuscript/novel to email@example.com on or before June 1, 2011, and you will be entered. The winner will receive a $2,000 advance against future royalties and have his/her novel published by JournalStone. Grammar counts, people. Have it edited before you submit your entry.
The #1 winner is also eligible for active membership to the HWA (Horror Writers Association). Have you always wanted to join, but haven’t met the criteria. You can now become an active member with all of its benefits and prestige!
Scared about not winning? Second prize gets a $500 advance and a published novel. Yes, you have to sign a contract first. Third place gets a $200 advance and for the last time, also gets a published novel. Not one of the top three? No worries, you might still be good enough to get your novel published, you will just have to earn your money on the royalties. We only have so much to give out for free.
Worried about costs? JournalStone is a full service publishing company that covers any and all expenses for publishing a novel. All an author is required to do is submit a freakishly scary book and rock our world.
Genre: Horror only, everyone. Nothing else counts in this contest. If you have any questions on content, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Word Count: 75,000 words or more. No exceptions.
Submission Deadline: All submissions must be received no later than 11 p.m. Pacific time June 1, 2011. JournalStone highly recommends you submit your work early.
Editing: Please have your work edited prior to submission. Can’t afford editing? If your work is absolutely awesome, we still might read it. It might even win, but you will be one step behind the others from the start. So you are better off just getting it edited beforehand.
To submit your work, please send in a Microsoft Word document in Times New Roman 11-point font, single line spacing to email@example.com.
The tentative publication date resides in the year 2011. We want to publish novels, not sit around on our arse!
If you have been curious to find out what JournalStone Publications is all about, but didn’t know how to go about it, now is your opportunity.
If you want a copy of our basic contract just shoot me an e-mail. We have nothing to hide and will happily share it to all applicants submitting an entry.
Minimum of 20 entries required to validate contest.
Judges will be added as we finalize:
1. Christopher C. Payne - President of JournalStone. My vote should count more than the others, but it probably won’t.
2. Whitney J. Howell – is a seasoned writer and reporter with a master’s degree in international print journalism. She pairs her 10 years of experience as a journalist with a passion for fiction and perfecting the written word. As a children’s book author and poet, Howell has extensive experience in editing manuscripts for both content and grammar.
3. Edwina L. Jackson – is an English and composition expert with more than 40 years of experience. As a high school English teacher with a Ph.D.-equivalent in her field, she taught Advanced Placement English, grammar, composition, and creative writing for 30 years. She has been a private writing consultant for the last 10 years.
4. Amy Lynne Eye - Dark shadows drifting over my shoulder have no effect until I have read something truly frightening…I need these books to keep me from ignoring the shadows. Besides, psychos need love too….a discovery made after 32 years of life and many psychology courses later. I don’t blink when I sleep.
5. Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick – is an author/blogger from Southwest Colorado. He has self-published four novels, and is in awe of the Indie talents he began to discover last year. Joel also claims to be influenced by classical authors from Edward Lear to Bulwer Lytton.
6. Colleen Wanglund – is a self-described gorehound, bookwhore and metalhead. She lives in NYC with her two grown children, her boyfriend and her dog Manning. Colleen’s writing can be found in The Horror Fiction Review, Monster Librarian, Cinema Knife Fight, Mondo Film and Video Guide and More Horror.
Plot, Character Development, Setting, Rhythm, Grammar, Structure, Uniqueness, Style, Marketability, Judge’s Objective
The top 10 winners will be announced on July 1, 2011.
The top three finalists will be announced on July 17, 2011.
The overall winner will be announced on July 31, 2011.
Dates are approximate and subject to change.