The Zebulon Checklist

Deadline: Entries must be received by 12:00 PM (Noon) MST, on Sunday, November 1, 2016.

 

Final Checklist for Entering the Contest:

  • I have gone to http://contest.pikespeakwriters.com/ and created an account.
  • I have gone to http://contest.pikespeakwriters.com/ to enter my entry/entries.
  • I have reviewed the Query Letter formatting checklist (below).
  • My Query Letter is addressed to the appropriate “virtual agent.”
  • I have uploaded a one-page Query Letter.
  • I have reviewed the Synopsis Formatting Checklist (below).
  • I have uploaded a Synopsis of up to 500 words in length.
  • I have reviewed the Manuscript Pages Formatting Checklist (below).
  • I have uploaded my Manuscript Pages consisting of the first 2500 words. (Manuscript Pages can begin with a prologue if the manuscript has one. Otherwise, Manuscript Pages must begin with Chapter One and should not exceed 2500 words.)
  • I have indicated that I want up to two critiques at a fee of $20 per critique. (Skip this if no critiques are desired.)
  • Neither my name nor any personally identifying information appears in the Query Letter, Synopsis, or Manuscript Pages.
  • I have gone to http://contest.pikespeakwriters.com/pay.php to pay via PayPal. Fee is $20 per entry. A fee of $20 is also charged per requested critique.

Query Letter Checklist:

  • Document is in .doc format (not .docx).
  • Document is single-spaced.
  • Document has ragged right margin. (That’s left justification, not center, right, or full justification.)
  • Document has one-inch margin all around (top, bottom, left, and right).
  • Submission must use 12-pt. Courier New or 12-pt. Times New Roman font only. (Be aware that many word processors do not default to these fonts.)
  • No personally identifying information.
  • Use the fictitious author contact information listed below in your query letter:I.M. Writer
    123 Zebulon Place
    Colorado Springs, CO 80900
    (719) 023-4568
    imwriter@email.com

 

Synopsis and Manuscript Pages Checklist:

  • Documents must be in .doc format (not .docx).
  • Documents are double-spaced.
  • Documents have ragged right margin. (That’s left justification, not center, right, or full justification except title and chapter headings, which may be centered.)
  • Documents have one-inch margin all around (top, bottom, left, and right).
  • Submission must use 12-pt. Courier New or 12-pt. Times New Roman font only. (Be aware that many word processors do not default to these fonts.)
  • Pages must be numbered.
  • Headers may include title and page number, but not the name of the author.
  • Remember to adapt your header so that no reference to your name or other personally identifying information is included.

 

Download the checklist