AMERICAN TITLE IV COMPETITION: FOURTH YEAR'S A CHARM
Want to be the next American Title winner? Get cracking on your
full-length PARANORMAL manuscript -- time travel, urban fantasy,
futuristic, shape-shifting, etc. -- for the next installment of
our American Title contest. You may be among the 10 contestants
to compete for a Dorchester Publishing contract.
AREAS OF COMPETITION WILL INCLUDE: Best Opening Sentence, Story
Summary, Description of Hero and Heroine, Best Dialogue Scene and
Best Romantic Scene. Each round of submissions will be printed in
RT BOOKreviews, beginning in late '07. After each round, two
contestants will be eliminated.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Unpublished authors who have a completed
paranormal manuscript of 80,000 to 90,000 words should send the
first three chapters (no more than 50 pages) with a cover letter
and a two- to seven-page synopsis to: American Title Contest,
Dorchester Publishing, 200 Madison Ave., Suite 2000, New York, NY
10016. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 1, 2007.
Finalists must agree to participate in each of the five rounds of
the competition posted on our website and must submit copy for
ALL five categories by Aug. 15.
AMERICAN TITLE FAQ ANSWERED BY DORCHESTER
What does "unpublished" mean?
Any author whose work has not been printed as a book may enter
the contest. For example:
. If you have been e-published, you're eligible.
. If you have had short stories or anything under 30,000 words
appear in a magazine or anthology, you would still be eligible.
. If you wrote a 45,000-word story that was published in print as
a stand-alone book, you are not eligible for this contest.
What formatting should I use?
Dorchester does not have any formatting requirements other than
that pages are typed, double-spaced, legible and unbound.
How long should the first three chapters be?
We request that the first three chapters not exceed 50 pages. If
your book starts with a Prologue, please include that and then
the first two chapters.
How do you calculate your word count?
If the manuscript is written in a standard font, our word count
requirement generally means it will run about 340-400 pages. Your
computer can help give you a rough estimate of what constitutes
80,000-90,000 words, but we won't be tallying them up exactly
when the entries come in.
May I enter more than one title?
No. Before we have allowed multiple entries, but since you can
only final for one, we now request that you send only one