August Write Brain: Are YOU Ready for a Writing Contest?

Aug 20, 2019 — 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Location: The Venue at Library 21C (get directions)

This special, two-part Write Brain begins with The Zebulon 2020 Edition, updating you on everything that is new about PPW’s annual writing contest, followed by 250 Words That Will Make or Break You, which will help you polish your first page for any submission.

The aim of The Zebulon is to promote and improve writers and their writing. To that end, the Pikes Peak Writers Contest Team, working with the PPW board, has changed the format of the contest for both contestants and judges. This presentation will focus on how to submit, a more streamlined dual-round format, monetary prizes for all winners, the addition of a Short Story category, and more.

250 Words asks: Can your first page hook agents–and contest judges–who’ve spent hours reading submissions? Author and editor Natalie Mae knows firsthand how important that first page is–it was the only thing she changed on a book that went from 100% rejections to multiple agent offers. Natalie will discuss what to include in a tantalizing first page, and share insider knowledge on the slush pile from her four years as a Pitch Wars mentor.


Natalie Mae

Natalie Mae is the author of YA novels such as DUPLICITY, written under the pen name N.K. Traver, and also two forthcoming fantasies from Penguin Random House: THE KINDER POISON, coming in 2020, with an untitled sequel to follow in 2021. Natalie is a developmental editor with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, and was a Pitch Wars contest mentor for four years, where she helped with literally hundreds of opening pages. Natalie grew up in Parker, graduated from CU Boulder, and would never turn down an offer of dark chocolate.