QUESTION: I am interested in submitting work for the writer's contest but I'm not sure how to proceed. I want to compete in the Book Length Prose category. The instructions say "send 7,500 words plus a one page synopsis." Does that mean that I send the 1st portion of the book and then encapsulate the rest in a summary? I have never entered before and I want to get it right.
ANSWER: We advise writers to send the 7500 words of their manuscript that they feel best exemplifies their work. This may come from the beginning, middle, end, or a combination of passages from more than one of those. However, when considering what to send, keep in mind that a judge might prefer a cohesive segment, rather than samples. The synopsis must be included to show the judge the overall story.