Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Wicked Escapes Writing Contest

2nd Annual Wicked Escapes Writing Contest - Official Rules

Alyssa Brooks and Larissa Lyons would like to invite interested authors, both published and aspiring, to enter their annual Wicked Escapes writing contest.

What is Wicked Escapes? Check out Alyssa and Larissa’s monthly ezine packed full of naughty and nice reading pleasures at WickedEscapesEzine.com.

What are we looking for?

Erotic flash fiction, in any genre. These quickie stories must be 500-1000 words and very sexy. Up to six winners will be awarded a feature in Wicked Escapes. The feature will consist of the author’s winning piece of erotic flash fiction, a banner or cover spot, and a link. This is a great way to expose your writing style to readers and gain their attention. Not published? That’s okay! If your story makes the cut, you’ll receive a chapter critique from Alyssa or Larissa.

Writers should use their talent to whisk readers away from daily life into a short, HOT escape that will leave them breathless and wanting more. Any genre is acceptable! From vamps to regency to m/m to BDSM, the point of a Wicked Escape is to arouse and to tempt…

This year we will also be accepting up to two erotic romance short story entries. These stories must be between 2000-5000 words and extremely sexy. Please pay strong attention to editing as we will only award these short story spots to worthy pieces of fiction. The winners of the short story spots will each receive promotion within Wicked Escapes for the month their story is published, as well as a $15 dollar gift certificate to Amazon.com.

Good luck! Alyssa and Larissa

Contest Rules:

v Submissions MUST be erotic, containing sex or heavy foreplay. A Wicked Escape is not something sensual, but hot, quick, and heavy. Think of the Wicked Escape like a sex scene. Plot may be present, but we are not looking for involved story lines in such a quick read. This should be an example of how sizzling you can write. Short Story submissions should be more than just a sex scene...give the readers a little set-up, a little romance, a little plot!

v Escape submissions MUST be between 500 and 1000 words; no exceptions. Short Story submissions, between 2000-5000 words. You decide from there.

v Stories must be self-edited and ready for the public eye. We will NOT edit or critique your story for you.

v No necrophilia, pedophilia, incest, rape, bodily functions, or bestiality. Nothing demeaning to women OR men!

v The contest runs from November 1st to December 15th, 2006.

v Winners will be selected in a coordinated effort by Alyssa Brooks and Larissa Lyons and announced during January, 2007. Unfortunately, we cannot individually address each entry with an acceptance or rejection.

v We ask that you do not simultaneously submit to anyone else. We ask that winners wait until after their story is featured in Wicked Escapes before displaying their story elsewhere. In other words, we only want to see original works. However, we do not hold rights, so once you are featured, the story is yours again!

v Winners of the flash fiction portion of the contest will receive a feature spot consisting of their escape, one book cover or banner, and a link. Non-published writers, in lieu of the banner/link, may receive a critique of any one chapter (not to exceed 4500 words) of their work.

Non-published authors, please note so in your submission, and state whether or not you would like to win a critique.

v Winners of the short story portion of the contest will receive promotion within Wicked Escapes for the month their story is published, as well as a $15 dollar gift certificate to Amazon.com.

v Up to six winners will be chosen. Holiday themes are welcome.

v Authors may submit more than one story, but please send each in a separate email.

v Contest submissions may be sent to submissions@wickedescapesezine.com from November 1st through December 15th, 2006 only.

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