Christian Writers Guild (CWG) and its 1Source partner BelieversPress are expanding the Operation First Novel contest. The annual competition will now award three prizes consisting of publication packages with a combined value of more than $30,000.
“The traditional model has changed, and most publishers are taking fewer risks with new authors,” said Guild co-owner Jerry B. Jenkins.
To give unpublished writers more opportunities, Jenkins and CWG President Dave Sheets have restructured the contest as an indie/self-publishing venture.
Rather than recognize just one novelist, Operation First Novel will name three winners.
The first place winner will be awarded an independent publishing package (print and e-book) with Christian Writers Guild Publishing valued at $21,000. Second prize will be a print publishing package from Believers Press valued at $6,500. Third prize will be an e-book publishing package from Believers Press valued at $2,800.
Launched in 2004, the contest is open to Christian Writers Guild members who have not yet had a book released by a traditional publisher. Annual membership in the Guild is available for $79 and includes eligibility for Operation First Novel.
Along with other requirements, entrants must also submit their independent publishing marketing plan.
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SOURCE: Christian Retailing
Christine D. Johnson