Friday, May 30, 2014

#WRiTECLUB2014 All You Need to Know: Guest DLHammons!

Please welcome my wonderful blogging buddy, DL Hammons to Life is Good today.  He's here to talk about a special writing opportunity for you.  We used to be A-Z Team mates, so our friendship goes way back.  I'm happy to help him out in spreading the word!  Should you choose to enter...good luck!


First off, I’d like to thank Tina for the opportunity to talk to you today about something near and dear to my heart…WRiTE CLUB. My modest writing contest has proven so popular that the DFW Writers Conference is now considering incorporating it into their agenda for 2015. 

For the newbies out there, let me explain what WRiTE CLUB is? It’s a modest writing competition whose inspiration was derived from the movie FIGHT CLUB. There are numerous versions of this concept around the internet, but nothing like we do it. Its essence embodies simple, good-natured competition, with lots and lots of fun sprinkled on top. 

Over the course of eight weeks I hold twice-weekly bouts in which the winners advance to the play-offs, which will ultimately lead to a single champion. Bouts between who…or what…you ask? Anonymous 500 word writing samples, submitted under a pen name by anyone who wishes to take part, that’s who. The writing can be any genre, any style (even poetry) with the word count being the only restriction. It’s a way to get your writing in front of a lot of readers, without having to suffer the agony of exposure. 

And the winners are determined by WRiTE CLUB readers!

To find out how to become part of the fun just head on over to DLHammons.com and click on the WRiTE CLUB tab. 

Submissions are open until May 31st. After that date a panel of a dozen judges will read all of the entries we received and pre-select 32 of the best writing samples to climb into the ring. Those 32 participants will then be randomly matched to compete over the next eight weeks, each of them hoping to make it into the play-off rounds and moving towards the ultimate goal – WRiTE CLUB Champion. No one (other than my wife)…not even the judges being used to pre-select the 32 contestants, will see the true identity of any sample. Unless you win, of course.

Again this year, the most exciting part is the winner of the final round will be chosen by a panel of publishing industry professionals! Judges include New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author Jonathan Maberry, Agents Katie Grim of Don Congdon Associates, Margaret Bail of the Andrea Hurst Agency, Sarah Negovetich of the Corvisiero Literary Agency,Brittany Booker of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. Also included is Candace Havens, Editorial Director of Entangled Publishing Covet line, Authors Les Edgerton and Lydia Kang, and previous WRiTE CLUB winners Tiana Smith (2011), Mark Hough (2012) and Tex Thompson (2013).

Are you willing to WRiTE for what you want? Then crack those knuckles and get ready to flex that imagination. And whatever you do, tell your friends!

WRiTE CLUB – The contest where the audience gets clobbered!

16 comments:

Linda King said...

What a great idea. Sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe I'll give it a go!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina .. great guest poster .. is that right does he warrant a poster too?!

Still only one day left to enter - that's the important bit ..

And DL .. you're achieving so much via the WriteClub .. with the serious possibility of being included in the DFW Writers Conference for 2015 ...

Go everyone - get your entries in ..

Cheers from the sidelines, but I'll be reading and voting .. Hilary

Suzanne Furness said...

Go Write Club! Looking forward to the fun starting.

Brian Miller said...

hmmm i was tempted to enter last year....might have to toss mine in the ring and see what comes out....

Jo said...

Definitely cheering from the side lines. Haven't even written poetry for years let alone anything else. All a good idea for potential writers though.

DL Hammons said...

Thanks again Tina for allowing me to hijack your blog to promote WRiTE CLUB. It's grown so much and helped so many writers, I'm still amazed. We've already shattered our previous submission record, and there's still 41 hours left to hit that send button! :)

Mason Canyon said...

Wonderful event. Looking forward to reading the results of the 'bouts.

JoJo said...

Is the first rule of Write Club not to talk about Write Club? ;)

Rachel said...

I think it's time to test my bravery. Maybe. We'll see if I chicken out. haha

cleemckenzie said...

I loved last year's Club, so I'm sure this one will be equally as exciting.

D Biswas said...

Will be cheering DL and all the participants!

klahanie said...

Hi Tina and DL,

All the best with this.

A good weekend to all.

Gary :)

Claudia said...

ah nice.. that sounds like fun.. happy writing! smiles

Milo James Fowler said...

I've heard of Write Club -- maybe I'll give it a go someday if I ever take a break from Write1Sub1.

Stephanie Faris said...

We'll get to read some of the entries, though, right? This is my first year observing all of this, so I'm not sure how it works for the reader!

Medeia Sharif said...

It's going to be awesome.