Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year, The Sandy Contest and Writing Goals

Happy New Year!!!!

Wow. As you can tell, we've been a bit busy this holiday season. I can't believe it's been a month since any of us have blogged. I hope you and yours have enjoyed the past month.

I've decided the best way to start 2012 is to enter a writing contest or two...or three. The first one I'm checking out is The Sandy Writing Contest, put on by Crested Butte Writers. You might remember that Marne and I attended CBW conference last summer. We had a wonderful time and were impressed by the group and all that they do. They're fun, professional and organized.

You might also remember that Marne finalled in The Sandy last year. That just goes to show you they have good taste, too.  This will be my first try at The Sandy. Oh, and just for a little disclosure, I've also taken on the job as promotion goddess for CBW, so here's my pitch for the contest.

The deadline to enter is Februrary 12, 2012. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. The contest is for both published and non-published writers, which is new this year.

Check out the final judges:

Romance - Sue Grimshaw, Editor at Large & Category Specialist for Ballantine & Bantam Dell
Mainstream Adult Fiction - Kevan Lyon, Agent at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Suspense / Thriller / Mystery - Kat Brzozowski, Assistant Editor at Thomas Dunne Books
Fantasy / Science Fiction - James Frenkel, Editor at Tor / Forge
Children's & YA - Mary Kole, Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency

You can enter by going to their website:

Now for my goals - well I really only have one writing goal - finish WIP by mid-year - final edits and all. I want this thing polished and ready for the round tables at RMFW's Colorado Gold conference in September. Beyond that, well who knows. My mind is already percolating a few ideas for the next project. 

Are you planning on entering any contests in the next few months? If so, which ones? What are your goals for 2012. 

Here's to a marvelous, stupendous, tremendous 2012. May all your dreams come true and may your manuscript land on the right desk at the right time.