Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Fresh Blood

The problem with cutting back your internet surfing activities is you miss all the good stuff. I discovered the following on Rabid Fox's blog, and on Hellnotes, and thought it would be of interest to a few of you (and possibly Barry in particular).

Leisure Books, a leading publisher of paperback horror, is partnering with Rue Morgue magazine in association with horror fiction web site ChiZine, to present “Fresh Blood,” a new writing contest specifically for unpublished horror authors. The winner will receive a contract for publication in Leisure’s 2011 lineup, as well as a contract from ChiZine Publications for a limited-edition hardcover release, also in 2011.

Leisure is looking for finished horror novel manuscripts, either supernatural or non-supernatural, of 80,000 – 90,000 words. A panel of experts, including Leisure Executive Editor Don D’Auria and editors at ChiZine, will judge entries. The finalists will be announced in November 2009.

From December through July 2010, monthly competitions in categories such as “Best Summary,” “Best First Line,” “Best Title,” and “Most Frightening Scene” will run on the ChiZine.com. Readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites, and after each deadline, entries with the fewest votes will be eliminated.

The winner will be announced in August 2010 at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear in Toronto, Canada, as well as on the Leisure Books and ChiZine web sites.

Entries should be sent to Submissions by September 30, 2009. “Fresh Blood” must appear in the subject line of the email. For full entry details, visit: Dorchester or ChiZine.

Might be just the incentive I need to fix up one of my old manuscripts - then again, I do have my lazy head on at the moment.



11 comments:

Natalie L. Sin said...

That's exciting : )

Alan W. Davidson said...

Some Fresh incentive to the horror writers out there.

katey said...

Oooh that DOES look exciting. Of course I'd probably never be able to convince myself to do it, out of sheer lameness, but I shall watch with interest!

Aaron Polson said...

A nice little contest, yes.

K.C. Shaw said...

Oh, cool! Now if only I wrote horror.

You definitely need to enter.

Danielle Ferries said...

Go on, fix it up and get it off :)

Jodi Lee said...

Do it, do it!

Carrie Harris said...

Pish. You with your lazy head probably still produces more words in a month than I do in a year. Do it!!!

Horror Girl said...

oh cool. now only if i had a novel here somewhere, say in a nook or cranny. a novel that appeared by magic somewhere in the house! though the novel would probably come with a horrible price, and i'd end up without legs or with gills or you know, dead.

oops i got distracted by the magic

Catherine J Gardner said...

I'm probably not going to enter but I'd love it if someone I knew did and then I could vote, vote, vote.

Rabid Fox said...

With the amount of time remaining to come up with a finished manuscript, I'd probably be better of waiting for NaNoWriMo to roll around again. :)