Sneak Peek: Brenda Covert’s Presentation for W2I 2018

by Brenda Covert

As a child, I penned a collection of Christmas poems. Little booklets of the poems became gifts tucked under Christmas trees. I loved creative writing and often wrote stories that I never finished, but I could always finish a poem. (Just don’t ask to see one of those early Christmas pieces!) Puzzles have always intrigued […]

Life After a Writers’ Conference

by Diane Buie

How can I capture in words what last year’s Write2Ignite conference meant to me? Attending my first-ever writers’ conference left me feeling (and probably looking) like a deer in headlights! I left with an overwhelming conviction of the need for Christian writers and with a vast amount of information gleaned from each workshop. God lit […]

Conference Critiques Reminder and Availability

Write2Ignite Conference Critiques are available from now to the beginning of September. (See “send by” dates in the chart below. A key is included below the chart to help you interpret abbreviations in the chart.)

Conference Critiques are only for registered conferees. They include a face-to-face fifteen-minute meeting at the Write2Ignite conference with a pro you choose from the chart below to critique your work (see page limits on our critiques page). Check the chart to ensure that you choose a person who critiques the type of work you’re submitting. The fee is $35 per manuscript critiqued.

Each critique will give you a thorough review of the strengths and weaknesses of your writing, offer suggestions for improvement, and help you identify potential markets. For full details, see our critiques page.

Write2Ignite 2018: Conference Critiques Availability

Critique Faculty

# YA MG NFB ERC PB SS NFA P D C A Send by
Carol Baldwin 3 X X X X 9/1
Daniel Blackaby 4 X X X X 9/5
Jenny Cote 3 X X X X X X 9/1
Brenda Covert 4 X X X X X X 9/1
Jean Hall 3 X X X X 8/31
Vicki Moss 4 X X X X X X X 9/1
Kim Peterson 4 X X X X X X X X X X X 9/5

Chart Key

# = Number of submissions a faculty member will critique

YA = Young adult novel

MG = Middle grade novel

NFB = Nonfiction book

ERC = Early reader/chapter book

PB = Picture book

SS = Short story

NFA = Nonfiction article

P = Poetry

D = Devotional

C = Curriculum

A = Activity book/pages

Type of Manuscript

Young adult novel—Submit book proposals for teens/young adults: cover letter to editor, chapter outline/synopsis, and the first pages of the manuscript, up to 10 pages total

Middle grade novel—Book proposals for children: cover letter to editor, chapter outline/synopsis, and the first pages of the manuscript, up to 10 pages total

Nonfiction book—Book proposals for children: cover letter to editor, chapter outline/synopsis, and the first pages of the manuscript up to 10 pages total

Picture book—Complete manuscript up to 1,000 words

Early reader/chapter book—First chapters up to 10 pages

Nonfiction article—1,200 word limit

Short story—1,200 word limit

Poetry—5 poems equal 1 critique; 40-line limit for each poem

Devotional—500-word limit each; up to 4 devotionals per paid critique

Curriculum—A table of contents and 2–5 chapters; up to 10 pages

Activity book/pages—Up to 10 pages

Manuscript Submission Procedure

Submit a manuscript for critique in any of the categories listed above. Email your manuscript to our critique facilitator, Brenda Covert, at bbcovert123@gmail.com, and place “W2I CRITIQUE ENTRY” in the subject line. You’ll receive a written one-page critique or comments written on your pages. Include in the email text your name, email address, title, and category. You may submit as many manuscripts as you wish, as long as you pay the fee for each one.

Sneak Peek: Dot by Dot

by Vicki Moss

Hi, there. Vicki Moss—contributing editor of Southern Writers Magazine and author—here. Looks like we’re fast approaching September and the Write2Ignite conference, and as usual, I can’t wait to cross the South Carolina line. This year, I’ll be teaching two classes: “The Journey towards Finding Your Writing Voice” and “Connecting the Dots.” Believe it or not, […]

Sneak Peek: Lori Hatcher’s Workshop, “The Day I Wanted to Quit”

by Lori Hatcher

Your proposal is rejected—again—and your head swirls with doubt, disappointment, and confusion. You pour your heart out in a blog post, take hours to format it just right, click Post, and wait. The only buzz you hear is from the ceiling fan above your head, and the only comments you receive are from your mother […]

Writing Contests and Publication Opportunities: Deadlines and Reminders!

Entering contests can help writers stay focused and motivated because contests can serve as interim goals and mileposts for long-term writing projects, platforms, and visions.

Below are three fast-approaching deadlines (two occur on June 30, 2018) that W2I has announced before. In case you’ve put these deadlines on your “maybe” list, take today to see what you can do with these opportunities. If you participate, consider each of your entries not as “success-or-failure” but as a personal accomplishment and a learning opportunity.

  • Deadline A—June 30, 2018. Through June 30, 2018, agent Cyle Young is offering an open submission period: he’s accepting submissions for “the general and Christian markets, both nonfiction and fiction.” Send your submissions to submissions@cyleyoung.com. 
  • Deadline B—June 30, 2018. The Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon is a slightly longer variation of flash fiction. “Hackathon” is a 50-paragraph story contest in which the first and last paragraphs are already provided and each contest entrant supplies the other 48. Owl Canyon Press is the contest sponsor. The contest offers a cash award and publication. You can find more details here.
  • Deadline C—August 20, 2018. The deadline for the “Faith and Freedom” writing contest cosponsored by EA Books Publishing and Write2Ignite is coming up fast! The contest is open only to those attending W2I 2018, and it’s limited to unpublished authors. (“Unpublished” is defined as follows: the writer can have articles, blogs, or online content published, either paid or unpaid, but cannot have a traditionally published book or inclusion in another published anthology.) Benefits: there’s no extra fee to enter (conference registration and attendance qualify you), a wide range of genres is accepted, both Teen Track and adult attendees may apply, and winners will be published in an EA Books anthology. See full details here.

Sneak Peek: Daniel Blackaby’s Presentations for W2I 2018

by Daniel Blackaby

“The Journey Begins: Step-by-Step Preparation for Beginning the Writer’s Journey” People often say, “It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish that counts.” The problem is, you can’t finish what you don’t start! So many talented writers never achieved their dream of finishing a book, simply because they never learned how to get started. […]