The feedback I received from the Launch Pad Contest judges has been invaluable to me. Through this experience, I've revised my book to make it stronger and gained more confidence in seeking publication. Even the day I found out about the win, there was already an agent interested in my work - that had never happened before.
The team at Novel Rocket has been so supportive and encouraging. The opportunity to work with an amazing writer like Gina Holmes is truly an honor. She has a heart to help unpublished authors get their work out there, which I'm so grateful for.
- Suspense/Crime/Mystery/Thriller. Submission deadline: April 10, 2013; winner announced May 13, 2013.
- General Fiction. Submission deadline: May 10, 2013; winner announced June 10, 2013.
- Nonfiction: Submission deadline: June 10, 2013; winner announced July 8, 2013.
- Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction: Submission deadline: July 10, 2013; winner announced August 12, 2013.
- Romance: Submission deadline: August 10, 2013; winner announced September 9, 2013.
- Speculative: Submission deadline: September 10, 2013; winner announced October 14, 2013.
To any writer who's thinking about entering, I say go for it. Everyone gets a critique from professionals in the field. That's worth so much more than the entry fee. And as I found out, you never know what's possible if you don't try. For me, I'm looking forward to this year of writing and what's to come. Good luck to all the participants this year!