April 04, 2012

Contest Winners, News and More

I have some great things for everyone today. First up is the winner of our March monthly contest. In March we had 109 unique comments on the blog. We definitely would have had more but with me being ill, I didn’t get to promote as I normally do. Sorry about that everyone!

March’s winner of the $20 Amazon gift certificate is Maria D. Maria, contact me asap and I’ll get your gift out to you. Also, when doing this, I realized I didn’t award the February gift certificate even though I had picked it...or maybe I did and can’t find where I recorded it...LOL! At any rate, since I don’t think I did announce it, I am today. The winner of the February gift certificate is Fedora! Again, please contact me as soon as possible.

I get questions all the time about what’s a good log line. When recently helping a new author recently, I ran across these great sites. In Screenwriting, log lines can also be tag lines though some people will disagree with me, we all agree that it helps to sell your screenplay or book, no matter what you call it. When doing some more research, I scan the internet for log line items at least once a week, I ran across two great websites:



Look at both of them to see what’s out there. Believe it or not, the one that I quote the most, ‘In space no one can hear you scream.’ is one of the favorites and on one site it’s their #1.

One last item. I was approached by Backspace Writer’s Conference regarding their log line contest. I’m encouraging you all to enter. Here’s the main link: http://www.backspacewritersconference.com/backspace-seminar-logline-contest/

The contest has a deadline of April 15 with the winners announced on April 22. The winner will receive two tickets to a Broadway play and the winners are chosen by agents. Here’s the exact listing I was sent by their representative, Karen Dionne.

Here's the full "How to Enter" info:

How to enter the Backspace|SEMINAR Logline Contest:

“What’s your novel about?” is the question aspiring writers hear over and over again at writers conferences–from prospective agents and editors, and from their fellow authors. Condensing an entire novel to a few pithy sentences is a challenge—some say it’s more akin to torture—but all agree it’s an essential skill.

Now you can “pitch” a book without the angst of knowing the future of your novel might be at stake. Create a title and logline for a fictitious novel, and enter the Backspace|SEMINAR Logline Contest for a chance to win TWO tickets* to SEMINAR! The more inventive and high concept your story idea, the better!

While your contest logline will be fiction, your pitch still needs to be as compelling as the logline for a real book—the kind of “gotta read it” story idea that makes literary agents and editors sit up and go, “Wow!” Why?

Because THREE winners will be chosen based on originality and execution by Michelle Brower, Molly Jaffa, Jeff Kleinman, and Shawna Morey–four of the many excellent literary agents at Folio Literary Management!

To enter, submit your logline for your fictitious novel using the form at the bottom of this page. Entries will be posted to this page and to the Backspace Writers Conference Facebook page as they are received.

Each contest winner selected by the Folio literary agent team will receive TWO tickets* to the smash Broadway hit play SEMINAR!

IN ADDITION, the authors of the three Facebook contest entries that receive the most combined ”likes” and comments will each win a signed and personalized copy of literary agent Donald Maass’s two essential how-to guides, WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL and THE FIRE IN FICTION!

Contest entry deadline April 15. Winners announced April 22. One entry per person, please.
CLICK HERE for full contest rules.

And here's a little about the show:

In SEMINAR, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (Jeff Goldblum), an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting new comedy.

Looking forward to hearing about your experience when you enter this contest. Hope you all have a great week! I know mine is already starting out better.


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1 comment:

  1. Great post, Lynn, and excellent resources. Log Lines are definitely an art form in a class of their own!