The deadline of March 1st is fast approaching for the Inaugural Adventure Writer’s Competition.
This was announced in March 2007 and details can be found here: http://www.cusslersociety.com/writers_competition.html
and elsewhere on this forum.
For those that have been writing all year, now is the time to get those manuscripts edited, polished, and ready to submit!!
We have some final details and adjustments to the competition rules to share – and some news of how the competition will be judged and by whom.
First – we want to be able to obtain manuscripts that reflect the Cussler name in both quality and scope. It was pointed out to us that limiting the word count to 100,000 might preclude some quality work from being included. We agree and have now increased the maximum word count to ~ 130,000.
Second – all manuscripts will be submitted to Kerry Frey, c/o the Clive Cussler Collectors Society at the following email address: email@example.com
Manuscripts must be submitted in either Word or PDF format no later than 11:59PM PST on March 1st.
Third – once a manuscript has been deemed eligible by the contest leadership – it will be given to a “reader” who will grade the work using a provided grading sheet. The scores from 1 to 10 (with 10 being excellent) will judge the work on areas such as: setting, characterization, plot line, dialogue, narrative, pacing, motivation, point-of-view, style/voice, relationship, mechanics, and over-all impression.
The manuscripts receiving the top three (3) highest scores will be given to Dirk Cussler for his consideration & selection of a winner.
The winner will be announced in Denver in October at the 2008 Clive Cussler Convention sponsored by the Society.
For those that may have missed the original announcement in March, now would be the time to begin writing your manuscript for the 2009 Adventure Writer’s Competition.
Good Luck to all that enter! Here’s to Adventure!!
c/o Clive Cussler Collector Society