Launch Pad 2012 – Writing Contest

We launch today!

This is an opportunity for unpublished novelists to share their writing with the public and boost their manuscript out of the slush pile and into the hands of a compatible publishing professional.

Every month, June through November, Novel Rocket will choose one category winner and post that writer’s first chapter on the blog. The Grand Prize winner will be chosen from among those six, and the recipient of that award will be announced in December.

The winner will receive a crystal rocket trophy much like that pictured here. Also, Novel Rocket will make arrangements for the writer to connect with an agent or editor to look at the winning manuscript with a serious view toward representation or publication. We can’t know who this industry professional will be until we determine the winner, because it will depend on the genre of the work, the intended audience, and the writer’s background.

When Gina Holmes of Novel Rocket (then known as Novel Journey) introduced our 2010 winner to an agent, the two hit it off so well, the agent offered the writer a contract that same day. This year’s winner is currently preparing her manuscript for presentation, but we hope for similarly delightful results for her as well.

If you’ve written a novel that you feel is ready to unleash on the world but have been unable to find it a home in the the traditional publishing world, this might be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. The Official Rules can be found here.

One caveat: a modest entry fee is required this year for the first time. That’s because every entrant is provided with a thoughtful critique. Since the judges are busy writers, this sometimes puts a bit of a crimp in their schedules, and it seemed fair to offer them some small compensation.

However, since every entrant gets a critique, he’ll benefit from entering even if he’s not the winner. The judges are all affiliated with Novel Rocket. Experienced writers all, some of them multi-published authors, each has a finger on the pulse of the industry and is current on what sells and what prompts an editor to reject a submission. And that’s the kind of people you want offering input and advice on your work-in-progress.

So what do you think? Ready to take the plunge?


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