This literary contest is named after the inspirational Cleopatra VII of Egypt, who was an author of works about cosmetics, pharmacology and weights & measures. Established and sponsored by author Stephanie Dray, the competition is aimed at discovering and mentoring aspiring young female writers. In
particular, the award seeks to foster new voices with an appreciation for women’s history. Deadline March 1, 2011. Entries are limited in length to 2,000 words. Short stories, essays, poems, and excerpts from novels and novellas are welcome, in any genre, as long as they focus on one of the themes.
Teen Category Winner: Choice of $100 cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to an award certificate, a month-long writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, a feature article in her blog and newsletter, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
Young Women Category Winner: Choice of $100 cash or a brand new E-reader, in addition to an award certificate, a month-long writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, a feature article in her blog and newsletter, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.
Finalists: Constructive feedback from publishing professionals, mention on Ms. Dray’s blog and newsletter, an award certificate, and a free book courtesy of contest sponsors.
Females ages 13-18 for the teen category.
Females ages 19-22 for the young women’s category.
This is an international contest, so writers outside of the US are eligible.
Before she wrote novels, Stephanie Dray was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the transformative power of magic realism to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today. She remains fascinated by all things Roman or Egyptian. Her book Lily of the Nile, comes out in January 2011, about the daughter of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Read more at her website.
NOTE: I think authors who sponsor contests are smart. Offering e-readers is savvy, too. Rather than offer Amazon gift cards or copies of books, come up with something unique in your marketing efforts.
DOUBLE NOTE: To show you how networking works, I have two tentative offers to speak in 2011 after attending the Red Clay Conference this past weekend. As much as I hate leaving my study on the lake to venture into the real world, I do it several times a year, and I never regret the effort. It's always rewarding, in many ways. Make sure you include networking in your 2011 plans. You are thinking about your 2011 plans, aren't you?