After almost 12 months of excitement and nail-biting suspense, it is time to announce the winners of the seventh annual FaithWriters.com/Finesse Writing and Editing Service/Breath of Fresh Air Press Page Turner Contest.
The 2013 Page Turner Writing Contest began on January 1, with the focus for the year being fiction. Entrance to the competition was open to all members of the FaithWriters Platinum 500, and 47 submissions were received before entries closed on October 31.
Entries comprised a synopsis, outlining the planned book overall, together with the first chapter of the manuscript. Judging was based on how well each entry worked in a number of key areas, including creativity, freshness, craftsmanship and, most importantly, page turning power and potential for publication.
This year, the standard of entries was exceptional, with a large number of the submissions showing some degree of publishing potential. It was also very exciting to see that many of the entries were not your standard "cookie-cutter" Christian fiction. It is encouraging to see Christian writers daring to step a little outside the box and try new, imaginative ways to reach readers.
The 1st place winner of the 2013 Page Turner Contest receives:
" A cash prize of $800;
" Free editing of their manuscript (up to 300 pages);
" Free publicity and marketing of their book on all FaithWriters' sites for twelve months following publication;
" A special Page Turner Champion award plaque;
" Consideration for publication of winning manuscript by new Christian publisher, Breath of Fresh Air Press (publisher of the new line of Mixed Blessings books); and
" Free conference registration for either the 2014 US FaithWriters Conference (terms and conditions apply).
The two Page Turner runners up each receive:
" A special Page Turner award plaque;
" The offer of half price editing for their winning manuscripts; and
" Free conference registration for the 2014 US FaithWriters' Conference (terms and conditions apply).
So, it is with great pleasure we announce our 2013 Page Turner winners: