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2016 submissions are closed
And new this year, ALL entrants have the option to receive a critique from an industry professional, regardless of whether your entry wins (requires an additional fee. See Entry Form for details).
2016 Prize Package
The winner of this year's Olympia Award receives the following lucrative package of tools and feedback
"Overall critique and consultation" from freelance editor, Kathy Ide
Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series (www.FictionDevo.com). She’s a full-time freelance editor/writing mentor. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the Orange County Christian Writers' Conference (www.occwc.com). She’s the founder and director of the Christian Editor Connection (www.ChristianEditor.com) and The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network (www.TheChristianPEN.com). To find out more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com.
Paperback copy of Kathy Ide's Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors
Learn how best-selling authors proofread their manuscripts to avoid typos, inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling.
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, by professional freelance author, editor, and proofreader Kathy Ide, is the essential go-to tool for aspiring and experienced writers and editors. This book includes all of the material from Ide s popular Polishing the PUGS book (now out of print), with added PUGS guidelines and helpful tips from multi-published authors on how to catch typos and other common mistakes.
In Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, Kathy Ide identifies the industry-standard references for books, magazines, and newspapers (which are different from the guidelines for other types of writing, such as college term papers). Using these official references, she highlights the most common mistakes writers make in the areas of punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling (for which she uses the acronym PUGS). She also includes guidelines from The Christian Writer's Manual of Style for authors and editors who work in the inspirational market.
1-year subscription to ChicagoManualOfStyle.org
Completely searchable and easy to use, The Chicago Manual of Style Online provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age. Now offering the full contents of the 16th and 15th editions, it is the must-have reference for everyone who works with words.
1-month subscription to Grammarly.com Premium
In addition to all the features of the free version of Grammarly.com, the Premium version offers:
- 100+ additional advanced grammar and spelling checks
- Vocabulary enhancement suggestions
- Genre-specific writing style checks
- Plagiarism detector that checks more than 8 billion web pages
1 permanent license to Scrivener (Winner's choice of PC or Mac version)
Any unpublished author of Christian novel-length fiction (40,000+ words) is eligible. For the purposes of this competition, an author is considered unpublished if he/she has NO published Christian novel-length work, in ANY format. Independently published (Indie) authors are considered published. We invite indie authors to enter the annual Laurel Award.
If an author has a history of publishing stories that contain fewer than 40,000 words, that author is eligible for the Olympia.
The novel does not need to be complete; however, it's intended length should be over 40,000 words.
One entry per author. Co-authored entries accepted. The manuscript should be Christian fiction and should not contain profanity, defaming of the Name of Christ, graphic sex, or other objectionable material.*
*This includes but is not limited to subjective words such as hell, damn and ass when used as expletives or outside their intended definitions. By submitting your entry, you attest that the manuscript does not (or will not, if the work is unfinished) contain any such objectionable material. Clash of the Titles reserves the right to reject submissions not meeting these requirements, and will retain the entry's processing fee if the reason for rejection is content of this nature.
Save your file as a .doc, .docx or .rtf only
- The first page of the document should be the book's summary.(Word count should not exceed 300)
- Directly following the summary should be the spiritual theme.(Word count should not exceed 100)
- Following the summary and spiritual theme, insert a hard page break (CTRL+ENTER in Microsoft Word) and then include the first 3,500 words of the novel. (Prologues are acceptable and DO count as part of the max word count.)
- NAME YOUR FILE: O16_TitleOfStory.doc (CHANGE "TitleOfStory" to the actual title of your story.
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