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Page Turner / How much longer?

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:33 am
by Cleo

I would have just replied to my own thread (Page Turner Rules) but that thread is coming up "No posts exist for this topic"

So here I am with a New Topic.
Not sure if this one will fare better or not. :?

I am wondering when we can expect an announcement about this? I am new and I have no clue what the Page Turner is.... so I am a little anxious to hear about it and decide if I want to be involved.


Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:40 am
by Writetrack
Sorry for the delay...

Due to unavoidable circumstances, the new 2009 Page Turner guidelines have not yet been updated but it should be posted very soon. And there will definitely be an announcement on the boards when they are available.

This year focuses on Fiction so put your creative thinking cap on!

Stay tuned...

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:58 pm
by Deb Porter
Won't be long. I'm part of the unavoidable circumstances. In the meantime, just keep in mind that this year is for Fiction novels.

Love, Deb

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:26 pm
by JesusPuppy
Novels..? how big?

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:27 pm
by Deb Porter
Pup, the novel can be as long as you want. However, the entry is just the first chapter (and possibly any introduction to it) and a synopsis of the storyline.

Although the manuscript can be any length, there is the "JC proviso" now on the free editing component of the prize, with the limit being 300 pages. Our first winner, JC Lamont, had a 900+ page manuscript, which I've only just finished editing. Absolutely loved it, but it was a lot of work for free.

I'm glad she was our first winner because I introduced the proviso straight after (starting with last year's contest).

So go for it.

Love, Deb

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:46 am
by JesusPuppy
I love that story, read it as she was working on it as well as when she finished it.I cant wait for Book 2.

Anyway, I dont think mine would come close to 300 pages even with double spacing. :roll:

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:02 pm
by Vile
Uhm... small bunny trail, but since I got the extention on the 1/2 editing, mine is pushing the 400 page mark. Will I be grandfathered?

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:54 pm
by Deb Porter
Hey Vile, the half price is fine for the whole thing.

Love, Deb

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:32 am
by Vile
Sorry! Just prepping to do the next one and I'm over-excited! :)

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:08 pm
by Cleo
I'm not sure what the last 2 posts before the last post on this thread (whew!) are talking about. I get the excited part. :wink:

Half editing? Half price? Grandfathered?

Am I nosing into a personal conversation? (I apologize if I am!)

Sorry, but I am curious and just wondering if this is something I should know about?


Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:26 pm
by Vile
I won the prize for runner up last year and they got half-price on editing. I'm still making sure the page-limit doesn't yet apply to that. :)

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:50 pm
by Cleo
Are we getting close to having an announcement about this? Thanks

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:11 pm
by RedBaron
Cleo wrote:Are we getting close to having an announcement about this? Thanks
Here's the info on the contest ... turner.php

It's for FW 500 Members, so I'm not sure if non- FW 500 members can see the info or not.
2009 - CHRISTIAN FICTION and Finesse Writing and Editing Service are pleased to announce the third FaithWriters' "Page Turner" Writing Contest--this time for all the fiction writers.

If you are a member of the FaithWriters 500, you are invited to enter this very special contest created just for you.

So, if you've got a half-written manuscript gathering dust in the bottom of your wardrobe, or have had an idea for a novel brewing in the back of your mind for years, this contest is just the spur you need to get writing--and we'll even give you ten months to do it.

All you need to do is write the first chapter of the novel of your dreams, together with a brief synopsis of the entire story, and then submit it for the 2009 Page Turner Writing Contest.

One entry will be chosen as the FaithWriters' Page Turner Champion for the year, with the author receiving:

1. Free editing of their manuscript (up to 300 pages);
2. A fabulous cash prize, that could be used toward the cost of self-publishing their finished book;
3. Free publicity and marketing of their book on all FaithWriters' sites (including FaithWriters' Magazine) for 12 months once it is published;
4. A press release to announce their win to the world;
5. A press release to promote their book when it is published; and
6. A special "Page Turner Champion" award plaque.

Two runners-up will also receive FaithWriters' "Page Turner" Highly Commended award plaques and the offer of half price editing for their manuscript.


This year, our focus is on fiction--of any genre. However your novel should be suitable for Christian readers. Other than that, let your imagination be your guide. We will be looking for the entry that has the greatest "page turning" and publishing potential.

Although there won't be a set word count, it should be kept in mind that entries will comprise of the first chapter only (and a brief synopsis). So although your finished manuscript may end up being the size of Gone with the Wind, don't try and cram it all into the opening chapter.


# Entry in the Page Turner contest is open only to members of the FaithWriters 500.

# Entries will open on January 1, 2009, and close on October 31, 2009. The winner will be announced on December 1, 2009.

# Entries must be made using the online form at ……………………

# Entries do not need to be written specifically for this contest. They may be a previously written work; however, they must not have been previously published.

# Entries must comprise of the first chapter of the entrant's novel, together with a synopsis for the entire work. If a short introduction is included as part of the manuscript, that may also be included with the first chapter. If the chapter is extremely short (up to 4 pages), entrants may include a second chapter.

# Entries must be the sole creation and work of the submitting author; however, outside assistance for editing is permitted.

# Every entry must include a completed entry form with full contact details.

# Each entry will be judged on creative and literary skill, as well as the ability to catch and hold a reader's attention and make them want to turn the page for more. Entries will also be judged on the publishing potential of the manuscript. The brief synopsis of the entire book will be taken into consideration during the judging process.

# The judges' decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

# Entries must be a work of fiction, written for a Christian market and from a Christian perspective. In other words, they should reflect a Christian outlook on life.

# One entry only is permitted per FaithWriters 500 membership.

# Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable.

# With regard to the prize, it should be noted that the editing component must be used before December 2010.

# By completion of the application form, the winner(s) give their consent for and Finesse Writing and Editing Service to use their name(s) for promotion purposes.

# The author always retains the full rights to their entry, and neither nor Finesse Writing and Editing Service will make any claim on those rights,

# Neither nor Finesse Writing and Editing Service will make public any part of any entry without the author's written consent.

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:03 pm
by Deb Porter
Wow ... talk about timing. I sent the information through to Scott yesterday, and he emailed me to say it was now up, so I was coming over to let everyone know.

So go for it gang. As you can see, I've even extended the time to ten months to get your entry in. Plenty of time to think about it, hone it and even write lots of chapters so you'll be ready to go with editing soon after if you win.

Love, Deb

Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:37 am
by Cleo
Thanks Deb!! This is huge! :grouphug