Write Your Own Megillah! A New Whole Megillah Event

Attention Jewish children’s novel writers!

In honor of Jewish Book Month, The Whole Megillah announces a new writers’ event. During Jewish Book Month 2011, write your own megillah. That’s right. Write Your Own Megillah. From November 21 through December 21, 2011, you’ll have the opportunity to write the novel you’ve always wanted to write.

What: Complete 36,000 words of a YA novel. Or, if your interests and talents lean more toward middle grade, complete 18,000 words. All words must be new — they can’t come from a previously published work or something you crafted before November 21.

Why: The only way to write a novel is to get your tuchas in chair. Be accountable to write a certain amount of words per day. Don’t fret over commas or spelling. Just write. Compile. Create. Leave the editing for December or later.

How: If you are interested in participating, please sign up by commenting to this post and sending your email address to barbarakrasner at yahoo dot com. I will then send you a registration form.

During Jewish Book Month, post your word count each day in the comment section of the Write Your Own Megillah page. Include a paragraph or two if you want.

Throughout the event, count on supportive messages from me, and others connected with the Jewish children’s book world. We all want you to succeed.

Prizes: Yes, there are prizes! The first 18,000-word middle grade novel manuscript with Jewish content submitted to me (I will verify word count) will receive a three-chapter critique by Stephanie Lurie, editorial director at Disney Hyperion. The first 36,000-word young adult novel manuscript with Jewish content submitted to me (I will verify word count) will receive a three-chapter critique by Margery Cuyler, publisher at Marshall Cavendish.

Hope to hear from you!

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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20 Responses to Write Your Own Megillah! A New Whole Megillah Event

  1. Pamela Ross says:

    So Interested, Barbara. E-mailing now for information. Thanking you here for creating a creative community of purpose for us. {}

    -Pamela Ross

  2. Pamela Mayer says:

    What an exciting opportunity! Count me in for a middle grade novel and approximately 600 words per day!

  3. Yael Levy says:

    Count me in! So exciting– thanks so much for organizing this.
    All best, Yael

  4. Rita Berman Frischer says:

    I’m in. A great incentive to get back into the chair and back to work. Thanks for the noodge.


  5. Leah-Perl says:

    I am excited! I’d love to enter a 36K word YA novel!

  6. Leah-Perl says:

    Do we post here, or is there a separate blog page for the contest?

  7. Barbara Feller says:

    Please include me in this exciting opportunity!
    Just what I need for incentive.
    Thanks for all your support.
    Barbara Feller

  8. ginahagler says:

    Hey Barb!
    Count me in 🙂

  9. Sheila Lewis says:

    Hi, Barbara. I just heard about this, and I am definitely in to write that Jewish children’s novel in November-December, 2011 (not sure YA or middle, yet). Do send me the form and details. This is a terrific site, look forward to Nov. 20 annual conference. Thanks, sheilaklewis@gmail.com.

  10. Barbara, This is a great idea! During NaNoWriMo 2009, I wrote a book on how to write a book fast. It was published this year as Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It). This year, I am working on a series of children’s chapter books. If anyone needs help or support along the way, I have been blogging all during NaNo about writing books fast at writenowcoach.com

  11. Pingback: Write Your Own Megillah Guest Post: Why Write-A-Thon? by Rochelle Melander | The Whole Megillah

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