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: For the Book Length Prose as well as the Middle Grade Novel/Young Adult Novel categories (both of which accept up to 7500 words) 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.