Reminder! Write Your Own Megillah Coming Up!

Are you ready to write that novel?

In honor of Jewish Book Month, The Whole Megillah will be hosting its own version of National Novel Writing Month. During Jewish Book Month 2011 —  November 21 through December 21, 2011 — write your own megillah. 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.

Get ready for a fantastic event — so many of you have signed up already!

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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6 Responses to Reminder! Write Your Own Megillah Coming Up!

  1. Ann Stampler says:

    Barbara, This is such a wonderful thing for you, Stephanie, and Margery to be doing! Wow! Ann

  2. Sheila Lewis says:

    Yes, as mentioned last week, I am interested in that middle grade novel. I am eager to send in any further forms, etc. and get my tuchas in the chair for the month of writing. thanks, Barbara! See you soon, Sheila Lewis
    website coming soon, will notify you.

  3. Barbara Feller says:

    I’d like to sign up!
    Please send me the forms…I’m ready to go.
    Barbara Feller

  4. Sheila Lewis says:

    Prizes will work, what a great incentive. Thanks, Barbara. Sheila

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