Attention Jewish children’s novel writers!
In honor of Jewish Book Month, The Whole Megillah is hosting its third annual Write Your Own Megillah event. Think of it as the Jewish equivalent of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). From October 26 through November 26, 2013, 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 October 26.
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 later.
How: If you are interested in participating, please sign up by commenting to this post and sending your email address to barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net. I will then send you a registration form.
During Jewish Book Month, post your word count each day in the comment section. 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 and the first 36,000-word YA novel manuscript submitted to me (I will verify word count) will receive a three-chapter critique by…me! President and Publisher of Jewish-themed literary fiction and nonfiction, middle grade through adult, at The Whole Megillah LLC.
Hope to hear from you!