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31 May 2012

A New Literary Contest is Born

Get Ready to Spar!

Dust off those swords (in the Spirit, of course) and put on that literary armor, 
because Clash of the Titles has an announcement.

The Laurel Award is expanding, and we know you’ll be excited about it.

We are creating a NEW annual literary contest, and it’s strictly for unpublished writers! 
Also, you will no longer need to be a previous Clash Champion in order to compete for the crown. 

Submissions for this contest open October 29, 2012
but first we must name it. That’s right! We want your help naming this exciting, new branch of Clash of the Titles. After reading about it, please take a moment to click on which name you think most fitting for this contest—The Spartan OR The Olympia. (Use survey below.)

About this new contest:

All never before published writers of Christian fiction may submit their work.
$10 Entry fee.
First two chapters will be judged.
Final scoring by a select panel of beta-readers.

Special feature on Clash of the Titles' blog.
Tour through COTT’s Blog Alliance.
Page on our site for a full year.
Podcast interview with Author and CAG board member, Cynthia L. Simmons.
A beautiful plaque.

The outcome is in the hands of readers, not industry professionals.

You’ve written the book of your dreams, now what do readers think? Enter the arena and find out. 

Stay tuned for further dates and details by 
subscribing to our blog and “liking” our Facebook page.

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Julie Arduini said... Friday, 01 June, 2012

Can't wait to learn more about this!

Joanne Sher said... Friday, 01 June, 2012

Sounds GREAT! I voted - wanted to confirm that unpublished means unpublished in novel or novella-lenght. Short stories don't count, right?

Michelle Massaro said... Friday, 01 June, 2012

Joanne, we'll be putting out the official guidelines in the very near future. Stay tuned! =)

And thanks for voting, Julie and Joanne!

Michelle Massaro said... Saturday, 02 June, 2012

Someone asked how we came up with the two choices.

"Spartan" denotes a fighter, as in the quest toward publication.

"Olympia" comes from Mt. Olympus, as in climbing the mountain to publication.

FYI, the voting is very close! Alas, my favorite is slightly behind, but it's really neck-and-neck. :D

Kristena Tunstall said... Thursday, 07 June, 2012

I voted but it doesn't say what the totals are. I'd be curious to see where it is at.

Michelle Massaro said... Thursday, 07 June, 2012

Hi Kristena, thanks for voting! :)

We will announce the winner tomorrow so come back and see! A few new votes have trickled in over the last hour and the leader shifted, but it is still super close (within 2 votes). Way too close to call. Eeek! =)

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